ringo wrote:Their sidepods have an 11% downforce advantage. That's not down to any gimmicks or fan-dangles.
The lack of undercut on both these cars is also another clue.
Colour me skeptical but I'll believe it when it's copied by other teams. I don't doubt that you're seeing these kinds of numbers in your CFD analysis, but where my doubt comes in is that your models are not going to be anywhere near as refined and highly tuned as the real F1 cars. It's entirely possible that all you've discovered is that the changes produce an 11% benefit for your model because it just so happens to optimise your cars design. Other teams may have similar overall solutions so that the benefit to their designs would be limited or non-existent.
It's easy to point at something that has been on the last few Red Bulls as being something unique to them - but at the same time each of the last few RBs has been a subtle evolution of the last so there are bound to be retained features and shapes. That the other cars do not have it does not mean they haven't found alternative or even better solutions. I find it hard to believe that the hundreds of millions of pounds spent up and down the pit lane each year on aero research have failed to find this 'secret' that will be obvious when it's pointed out to us.
Still I'll look forward to seeing your CFD analysis and will be most willing to be proven wrong if it is adopted elsewhere on the grid.