Joie de vivre wrote:
ReLax wrote:Okay guys, any new updates on the W03? Or are there only some suspicious new internal "Updates" which are bringing better "tyre management" ?
they haven't been updating exterior for a quite time ... only downgrading
I heard they'll run with no FW on next race
Seems the fw cascade is gone for good and the main flap is quite flat also. I think Wesley123 might be right, W03 must lack rear df and the additional df they were running on the fws were useless. They have a very good speed trap this weekend, so at least they assume their lack of df and goes completely for straightline advantadge
n smikle wrote:Regulations this year reward having more rear downforce. This year's front wings have too much downforce believe it or not, they are actually unbalancing he car. Mecedez could afford to lose downforce on the front to gain better air conditioning for the middle and rear of the car.
Actually, this have been the case since the regulations change in 2009 and that's why Newey said that high noses are the only way after that.
Current diffusers are too small, cars remain with a big ride height(since 1994 with introduction of wooden plank) and rw lost 25% of it's span, although teams use bigger chord to compensate for it.
The front wing is way too big and is allowed to be ran quite low nowadays, and that gives more front df than ever in F1.
Cars from 80s and mid 90s had more balance towards the rear as they had the usual 1 meter rear wingspan, ran lower/closer to the ground and had bigger diffuser. Their fws had the usual 1,4m of span and were pretty poor developed back then, and that's why almost all teams used low noses to add more downforce to the front.
With the current regulation, is all about throwing all the design to the rear and that includes designing a fw which better routes airflow to the rest of the car.