LM10 wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:47 pm
nevill3 wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 07, 2019 11:15 pm
They have already decided which races to target for next year, no team can win at every track unless they are far superior to the others. What I saw this year was a decision last winter to go a little marginal on the cooling and add more downforce at the cost of higher drag. Add to this the FIA continual attempts to outlaw any Mercedes/Rebull suspension design that aids their aero has meant that this years car had more "weaknesses" than any other Mercedes
of recent years. Coupled with a stronger Honda engine in the RedBull chassis and a resurgent Ferrari, Mercedes have had a bigger challenge this year.
I believe next year will see an evolution of this years car with the minor flaws mitigated and a few new tweaks aimed at giving them a decent head start at the beginning of the season. Year on year they have managed to overcome their weaknesses of previous years (Tyre management etc.) and so end up with a stronger package each year
Their budget is rumoured to allow them to run two design teams at once so the emphasis of getting ahead so they can switch development to the following years car is not as important as at some of the other teams.
I strongly disagree with these parts. Mercedes destroyed everyone in the first half of the season - in both qualifying and race. Their car was the only one treating the tyres exceptionally well. Their only weakness was the straight line speed, but not sure if you can call it a weakness, if it comes with more important and winning factors like downforce.
Their straight-line speed weakness was down to 3 factors: 1. a draggy/high DF concept car; 2. adopting a high downforce setup, in most cases, in order to get their optimum/fastest lap time in the race and 3. cooling limitations which hampered them to run their 3rd spec PU in higher modes both in qualy and the race. The latter was way more important from my point of view, for they were restricted to get fuel updates, the biggest gains in this area nowadays.
Not to mention that in order to have a better cooling they indirectly opened up the car which induced more drag...
So, I think it was only down to the poor/wrong cooling design that cascades all their problems this year!
Now in the prospect that Ferrari and RB will give them a stiff competition - something we`d welcome to - at the start of the 2020 season, the only way I could see them prevail is to focus on getting back their upper hand in pole/front row qualy . And that is to solve their cooling issue and have a less draggy car coz I don`t see any miracles from ICE/PU area due to law of diminishing returns. Only just back to running a normal 3rd spec PU with a little help of a new fuel formula...