marcush. wrote:the big question is which team may have still the recources to do a full analysis of the RB6 concepts with windtunnel/cfd to get an idea what the hell is going on there.
With the curiously big time advantage in Q3 only and on race day at least ferrari and macs creeping closer ,the decision to just drop your ideas and follow Redbull is not an easy one...as one can see with toro rosso the details must be quite subtle that do the trick..
Newey stated more than once that he decided on pullrod assuming ddd would not be feasible and he would not have chosen this solution if he knew before.
For this season they stuck to it because they learned a lot in 2009 about the advantages of pullrod and with ddd banned for 2011 it will be a real benefit...
so a move towards pullrod rear suspension could be a good strategical plan for teams,starting now compromising their season wich is lost anyways but building
knowledge for 2011
the highlighted point above is something that seems to be widley accepted, most major sites and reporters claim the same, basically that the red bull has said advantage mainly/only in quali. I dont tend to agree.
Q3 is the only time you see the cars on the limit, the races are no longer driven in such a fashion. The reason the RB6 seems to come back to the pack in pace terms on race day is purley down to the drivers controlling the race/protecting the car and tyres. There is little need for them to be going flat out as the quickest way flag to flag has to involve an element of looking after the components of the car and prolonging the tyre life. I am very confident that if the rb6 was pushed to the limit it could comforatably pull away from the Macca and Ferrari, I suppose Mark managed that in the last 2 races anyhow.
So i in no was prescribe to the idea that the rb6 is only stronger in quali.
The other interesting point is that the rb6 is basically an optimised rb5, and it was widley accepted by lots of very smart people that we would see the rb6 revert to push rod in order to maximise the ddd. All the teams seemed to think this as well, then low and behold they roll out pull rod rear end. There was much scoffing, even claims that they had compramised its design and relyed on the rb5 heritage to be fast but they were going to be out developed by the other teams who had a wider window of ddd development avaliable to them due to the rear end set up etc...
Basically the rb6 was again an out of the box design, its completly different than anything else out there and as to if other teams can copy it, well the answer has to be a resounding NO.
Take a look at the f-duct, even us simpeltons understand how it works, and RBR were aware of it prior to the start of race 1, we are months down the track and they are yet to use it. So if such a simple bit of kit takes so long to get on track imagine the time frame required to basically make a b spec car that is a complete different direction to your a spec car. There is no way that i can see it possibly done without langushing around the rear of the pack.
The other scary idea is that pull rod rear suspension was seemingly used in the rb5 without the ddd in mind. So its safe to assume that its the best solution for a non ddd car, which will be what the 2011 cars are going to be like. So next year there will have to be a whole grid of rb6 clones with rear wing endplates going all the way to the bottom of the single diffuser, like the launch spec rb5.