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Carlos Silva - Training Plan No. 2

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Goal

Highlight and improve on driving technique.

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Conclusion

A good set of times, nice and consistent, well done. It is possible to get through rouge/radillon with 100% throttle. Don't be nervous, copy that perfect line and time will fly off down the Kemmel Straight. Let us know when you get your new pedals as this needs to be factored into your driving style.

Assigned Task

Drive Baku for 2 sessions of 7 laps. A track with wicked 90 degree turns that will test all the braking improvements discussed in this training plan.

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1st key mistake: 

Not enough brake

Why it matters

Occasionally you fail to get full pressure on the brake, forcing you to brake just that little bit longer.

How much of a problem it is for you

This mistake occurs about 12% of the time. With braking errors accounting for 38% of all errors.

See an example in your own sessions

For instance, in segment 5, just missing full braking and dropping into 4th is costing lap time.

Learn to improve

It is generally better to get to full braking quicker than using less braking and having to stay on the brakes longer.  Full brakes (no lockup), time your turn in, then trail brake into the corner turn.

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2nd key mistake:

Not trail braking

Why it matters

This is a must be practice to knock one to two tenths of the corner times.

How much of a problem it is for you

Lack of trail braking is a common problem and accounts for up to 18% of your mistakes on this track.

See an example in your own sessions

A good example can be found in segment 7. You use the brake pedal like a switch when ideally, you would smoothly manipulate the pressure like the reference lap.  Remember, quickly on the brakes, and trail off the brakes whilst turning in.

Learn to improve

This is a different video showing trail braking technique in F1 2020.  Study and try to practice this as often as possible until your muscle memory is helping you use trail braking as your standard braking technique.

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3rd key mistake: 

Not using enough space on the exit

Why it matters

Getting on the speed earlier requires as much width to maximise the lineal acceleration compared with the struggle of lateral pressures of the corner.

How much of a problem it is for you

A bit more than 11% of your mistakes are related to this. This is important as your racing line is affecting over 50% of all mistakes on track this week.

See an example in your own sessions

Check out how you are positioned on and through Bruxelles in segment 7. Your corner radius is steeper (ie. more lateral grip is needed) than the reference lap thus time is being lost.

Learn to improve

A general video on racing lines is useful but this time we'll focus on this video to give you more confidence in which curbs to tackle and which ones to avoid.  Remember the kerbs are often there to help you exploit the full width of the track.  Remember, entry-apex-exit strategy.



Your predicted potential lap time improvement

0.4s - 0.6s

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