bill shoe wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:08 am
Thoughts on article above-
Merc has been known to use a complicated cooling arrangement from beginning of 1.6L turbo era, with rumors of combined air-water and air-air intercoolers, among other things.
Article says Paddy Lowe directed Williams to do same complicated cooling system instead of more tradition less-complicated cooling systems for oil, engine coolant, battery, etc. But the new complicated system is not working out which requires the powertrain to run more conservatively and the rear end bodywork to be massively opened. If they figure out the problems then they will gain up to 0.8 seconds, yes.
My humble perspective-
Interesting example of a high-level technical person trying to bring specific solutions with him-- the solutions don't work if they are not understood. Paddy would probably be better off building long-term technical/human structures and processes, rather than trying to copy specific Merc widgets. So any real value in the technical person exists in their ability to create technical organizations, rather than their ability to bring specific technical knowledge x/y/z. Information in itself is less valuable
than commonly thought. Organization building is more important
. IP is not irrelevant, but it's certainly overblown.
I agree to a point with your perspective, however I think there's also the element that you need to bring new ideas to your team to stretch their understanding. Has Paddy done too much too early and the team really don't understand it? Probably, but at the same time if he waited for a year or two to introduce the Merc concepts (obviously there's a number of de Beers concepts in there too), then Williams would be even further behind in those departments.
Knowledged without understanding produces products that don't meet capabilities, on the flip side sticking with what you understand produces the same thing you've always produced.
I kind of feel like Paddy might have over extended the team further than they could jump in the short term, but it will come down to the ability of the team to understand this new philosophy and information and get the most out of it.
I'm now interested to see if they will be delivering a new rear end to the Williams FW41 in Barcelona or the next few races.