Paolo_Lasardi wrote:pokerman wrote:Exediron wrote:pokerman wrote:Ruste13 wrote:So if Chadwich is the best open wheel female racer aroubd where would she be finishing if she was in the Merc this year? Front or back of the feild?
She would probably be in full qualifying mode to get into Q2.
That would imply she's about 3 seconds slower than Lewis or Valtteri. I don't really believe that. Realistically, I think she'd be in the 1-1.5 seconds slower range. Calderon only averages about 1.5 seconds off the pace in F2, and while the leaders in F2 aren't as quick as the Merc drivers, I'm pretty confident Chadwick is better than Calderon.
No I was basing it on 1.5 seconds, at that she couldn't afford to run on the lower power modes that Hamilton and Bottas do in Q3, also let's not forget the tracks tend to ramp up a bit in speed when you get to Q3 if you're looking at that as being an ultimate time in Q1 which may not be the case?
Regarding Calderon in F2 I checked that because I'm sure her gap was bigger than 1.5 seconds, you found her most competitive qualifying, she averages more like 3 seconds slower, with Chadwick I did think that 1.5 seconds might be generous?
Why is Calderon the benchmark? Because she is also a woman? Does that make sense if they never raced in the same series? If you were to determine where, say, F3 driver Armstrong would compete in F1, would you refer to some male F2 backmarker ( like this Raghunathan guy, or Boschung) as a reference point ? Just wondering ...
Notwithstanding, I think Chadwick (with full pre-season preparation) could beat a 2019-Kubica as teammate - but no one else from the current grid.
Calderon and Chadwick have both done F3 and F2000 in some shape or form and Chadwick has the better record in both. You can extrapolate from there but it's tenuous. My gut feeling is that Chadwick is better - or at least has more potential, but how good I've no idea. And that's the point a win in W Series is great, but what next...