Scotracer wrote:Red Bull switched to the Renault unit because of cooling reasons (the Ferrari engine apparently runs hotter) and they said there was no performance difference between the two.
Also, in 2006, the Renault and Ferrari engines were the two most powerful and the Mercedes was lacking (it just couldn't rev). So, how did Renault lose out so badly?
Renault had the best LC and TC by a large margin. It would soften the power exiting corners electronically. The engine was tuned for more peak power with a dependence upon the electronics to mitigate the peakiness.
The std ECU inhibits them more. It sucks. Spec anything is against the spirit of F1. Lets them have 20 cylinders that are oval if they want. And any configuration they want, 90 degree, 180 degree boxer, inline etc. And why the spec'd alloys, overall weight, CG etc.? Max sucks turds!
And the freeze? All the teams had just over a year to develop their engines before the freeze. Remember that Honda rushed to get out its second generation V8 before the homologation date? The teams never saw the freeze coming when they first were making their v8s. It was a hasty after thought rammed through by Furer Max.