ringo wrote:It's like an athlete that takes steroids, you don't know how much of his career is actually attributed to steroids.
Not really. Taking steroids is a banned substance. People caught using it are usually stripped of any medals and prevented from competing for some time. What F1 teams do is 'interpret' a set of rules in a different manner to what the FIA had intended. Bothe views - what the FIA meant & what the team interprets - are correct. There is nothing banned about this, nor is it cheating. It's part of the game.
The RB8 is built around this fact. Look at all the major components on the car, including exhaust - there's no way the FIA intended that to occur, but the teams had different thoughts.
An athlete does the same thing. There is a list of substances that is like the FIA rules. He can take say cough medicine and argue it was for allergies and not to enhance performance. In fact it's left to interpretation and deliberation just as much as F1.
My main point is that like the athlete we dont know what percentage of the success in the past is due to the cheating.
What is important is the intent. Redbull knows fully well what they are trying to acheive; it's an unfair advantage. No matter how you cut it. Same as the athlete.
A spring is something that should have a spring constant at a certain displacement. Even if it has different rates across its length, it's not something that you can just change to behave differently at the same extension.
What is this spring horner is talking about?