ringo wrote: ↑
Mon Apr 22, 2019 3:44 am
The fact that they were flying in winter testing shows the car has the speed and may not be as poor on the front end as it appears. It is probably the wings that creates a norrower window of balance; reminiscent of the W08 mercedes that was super quick when in the right window but surprisingly noncompetitive when not in the sweet spot.
I suppose the new parts are to broaden the sweet spot of the car, i don't think it is much deficient when compared to the W10. The Jury is still out on the front performance.
Does the car have the same downforce as the W10 or even more because of the wing's outwash design increasing downforce to the body, while not generating much downforce locally at the front axle?
This may give it good high speed performance. However there is poor distribution over the front axle?
A lot can be happening here. It can also be setup can correct this minute problem.
Regarding the front end, Hughes argues that on every track that requires front end performance, the Ferrari has struggled.
"[H]ow it’s looking at the moment is that the Bahrain competitive picture is the outlier. Few, if any, of the other tracks are so severely rear tyre limited as Bahrain. At Shanghai – a track that is front-limited to an unusual degree, i.e. the other extreme from Bahrain – the Ferrari’s front grip shortfall from Melbourne had returned. Or rather, its poor front-end grip now mattered much more than at Bahrain – because most others were no longer suffering it as they didn’t have to compromise their qualifying set-ups."
He also seems to suggest that, upon further review, Ferrari's performance in Bahrain wasn't as strong as it looked at the time.
"In other words, take Ferrari out of the equation and the Mercedes was still way less competitive relative to the field in Bahrain than in Australia or China. To put it into lap time, Mercedes was a 1.292sec faster than the non-Ferrari field in Bahrain. But if it had retained its Melbourne advantage there, that would have translated as 2.169sec. Mercedes lost 0.877sec to the non-Ferrari field in Bahrain. But was only 0.324sec off Ferrari’s pole. Ferrari wasn’t spectacularly fast in Bahrain, in other words. It just looked so because of Mercedes struggling."
So, to your point about Barcelona
. . . was Ferrari's performance there flattered by the fact that they hit the ground running there whereas Mercedes didn't start to look competitive until they started to get on top of setting their car up on the final day of testing?