McMacca wrote:Ok So maybe i was too vague for some of you, what is the advantage of closing up only one of the side pods, does this suggest one side for engine cooling and one for oil etc, why not close up both sides, will this lack of symetry affect the handling of the car (obvoiusly not if Germany is anything to go by) etc.
Radiators are indeed are not symmetrical. I've seen on some older F1 pics is that one side is water and another oil+water. I think that won't affect handling much, but the drag reduction is significant.
We already know the Merc is really good with its cooling, could this lead to a dramatic design change in 09, with a car with much smaller pods than this year, maybe a more aerodynamic shape to the pods.
I doubt they would make radiator intakes much smaller, however cooling aero is developed every year and as winglets and fins are banned teams they pay more attention to the things like cooling aero and so on.