Mystery Steve wrote:How would you discern between a flexing body/wing and undulations in the road surface?
The in-car camera mounts remain static, so any flexing recorded on them is proof of flexing.
Yes, but it is not neccesary prove of the part in question flexing, it could be the camera vibrating.
As farer the part is away from the camera lense, as more the relative movement would appear, for a slight movement/vibration of the camera.
I´m not questioning the usefulness of the oberservation, just the accuracy of the measurement.
The video "evidence" seen should be used to devise some more suitable static tests - IMHO. It is not that difficult to apply a force in a two dimensional way.
As an last resort, the FIA could even impound a car after a grand prix and put it in a windtunnel, if need be.
NASCAR does similar tests in their R&D centre, if they can´t measre things at the track.
If the message comes across, as "we will not let you get away with it", these things will die down by it´s own.
Not that nobody will ever try to cheat, but if the consequenses are big enough, people will think twice, if it is worth it.
At the moment, it is quite clear (at least to me), that the FIA, does not want to catch somebody with a "smoking gun" in his hand, otherwise they would not be so laid back with their tests and procedures.
On the other hand, I´m quite sure, that there is more to RBR´s pace, than just a "magic trick" here or there. It´s overall a good car, pushing the limit´s, some things are maybe a bit borderline, but it´s F1 at the end of the day. So Kudus to them, the others have just to try harder, and look at there own design and processes, there surely can be some improvements made.
It´s not that they run a 3.0 ltr engine or anything like this