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Dennis Chavez - Training Plan No. 1

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Goal

Generally improve in F1

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Conclusion

You have a solid foundation that can be worked on. A slight tendency to downshift too often leads to lower minimum speeds. This might also be affecting wheel spin on exit.

Assigned Task

Confidence in the car is crucial. Test braking a little later and be aggressive. If you experience wheel spin then quickly shift up to control it. A good sim practice is turn damage off, then experiment with the different gear changes and feel how the car reacts. Remember in an F1 car you shift down to help rotation and shift up to control wheelspin. For your next session, drive your favourite track and try to put in a few longer sessions, minimum 15 laps. Start steady and safe and increase your speed and aggression every 3 laps. If you lose control back off and build up again.

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1st key mistake: 

Too late to full throttle

Why it matters

Full throttle is where the speed is. As long as you have control, the general aim is to get to full throttle as quickly as possible.

How much of a problem it is for you

With 21% of your mistakes arising from 'late to full throttle', it is now important to study this area.

See an example in your own sessions

Segment 9 is a good example of how you apply your throttle.  Trusting your car will help to attain the throttle curve that the reference lap is able to achieve.  Important to try to avoid binary action i.e. all on / all off.  Maintaining 30-40% throttle through this segment is possible.

Learn to improve

Take a moment to watch one of our videos that emphasises the need to get to full throttle quickly.  Think smooth but fast, on / off the throttle will nearly always be slower than quick and smooth.

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2nd key mistake:

Braking too early

Why it matters

A good mistake to make since it's so easy to fix! You simply need to find a slightly later braking point to maximise your lap time potential.

How much of a problem it is for you

A bit more than 12% of your mistakes are related to this so it's worth paying a lot of attention to.

See an example in your own sessions

For example, in segment 8, the dab on the brakes can come later and even the extra 10-15% pressure is costing you time.  This is consistent against other laps on this session.

Learn to improve

It's not just about getting on the brake pedal later, it's also about technique. Check out our guide on how to brake later easily.

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3rd key mistake: 

On the brakes for too long

Why it matters

When you start braking earlier and finishing braking later, there is a mistake to be looked at. Even though you didn't brake as hard, it still cost you time.

How much of a problem it is for you

Also around 12% of your mistakes focused on braking for too long.

See an example in your own sessions

An example can be found in segment 10. You'll see that you remain on the brakes significantly longer than the reference lap.  This coupled with the fact that you therefore needed to drop into fourth gear briefly cost you a few tenths.

Learn to improve

Check out the reference lap compared to your own graph and you'll notice something interesting.  Even though you don't brake as heavy as the reference lap which one might think could save you time.  It actually is still a problem, in this case you are still braking whilst the reference lap is already accelerating out of the corner.



Your predicted potential lap time improvement

0.4s - 0.8s

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