vall wrote:I appreciate McLaren's systematic, scientific approach because I am myself a scientist. But I think that it would make sense to test the old car/new tyres back in the summer before starting the new car design. Thus they could design the new car around the new tyres behevior.
Now the new car has been designed with fixed weight distribution, the suspension is fixed, etc. So, the tyre behivior should depend how you actually set up the car. Now you need to see how the tyres respond to different set-ups, fuel loads, etc, and to do that you need mileage with the new car to accumulate data. And McLaren are clear behind the other team. This is my opinion, but perhaps I am missing something.
What you're missing is that they also build models and simulations of the tyres in isolation, where the quality of the data will be empirical. As a scientist you'll appreciate the benefits of changing as few variables as possible.