TzeiTzei wrote:Does anyone really know much about the McLaren collaboration? The wind tunnel, simulator, test rigs (?), some staff, but what is this compared to the Force India deal? Are McLaren are in any way involved with the design of the car?
And yes, i do think that the car performance is a gradual process of getting faster and faster. At least usually it is. Ofcourse it's much easier to take bigger steps forward from the back of the grid, but i think that challenging the midfield is out of the question. But we'll see how it goes in Melbourne.
On what grounds should it be a gradual process?
When you are close to optimum in all areas ..yes of course. But even Ferrari could close the gap to the front after starting out badly.
In a new team you should be able to make big leaps forward as you erase your deficits.Say race strategy : you got a tool that is developped over 8 years and don´t have to put in recources to develop something .The question is :what is it worth in a race ? 2 seconds ,10 seconds, a lap?
I feel at the rear of the pack there is no excuse for having slow stops .
But coming back to the Newey effect:Would Neweys latest creation be slower just because he was employed by Team Lotus? Or given he could take prodromou and Marshall with him Lotus would rise like a comete instantly?I´m sure they would.
The real thing is :If you have access to someone who really has the answers to questions you have not even thought about ,that´s when a team, finally makes progress.If you happen to have those people already and the structures are in place things fall into place quickly .see Sauber last year with the arrival of key .But now they have again hit a brickwall.Look at TR they seem to have found the key to their car now and it jumps up the order .Force India same unlock potential.It´s not a tenth per 1000 hours invested it is an answer to a problem or a genuine step out of the dark or grey -understanding of what you got and what makes things tick...
Virgin could ring the bell tomorrow id someone understood what is the main thing holding them back and how to right what is wrong.