Jolle wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 26, 2019 12:47 am
Just like most other teams I suspect an updated ‘19 design. A B-spec+. No radical design changes like a new nose. Mercedes needs the slim nose because of their aero concept with the high wishbones, Ferrari on the other hand wants air under the nose and over the sidepods.
Agree. But first i would argue both designs are doing same thing, but differently. I think Merc design with cape encourage the overspill flow under monocock. That was even more apparent when they intruduce in 2018 this very paralel narrow the nose all the toward "bulkhead".
I think the Merc engineers want cleaner air under the nose. I assume, that the thumb nose with inner channels aka Racing Point, Mclaren, Sauber and from Singapur on also Ferrari, its messy and pretty "draggy" or at least hard to predict in my opinion.
It is the way to unlock performance? Maybe? But in 1 year? Lets get all CONS:
1. they need to rework the crash test. Ok Merc needed couple of mounths to made short nose pass crash test. Time consuming sure. Doable sure. Worth it before 2021, again different nose regs and dual research programs…
2. Aero is totally different. Now you deal with nose with over&sidespill flow. Totally different mechanisms to burn the valuable CFD/windtunnel regs witch could be used in 2021 programme. Remember this is HUGE deal for 2021 onwards. This is still uder FIA regulation.
3. Aero is ruined; bargeboards, undernose batwing, conditioners, floor, rake….. All evolutionary research from 2017-2018-2019 goes pretty much into the bin.
I think maybe they could throw caution to the wind and sacrifice 2021 season. But boomerang effect could hurt them even more in long run, Like 2014 until 2017 when they use resources in bad way. Ditching the aero principles and play catch-up til this day.
Last CON. Ferrari aero is not the strongest and HUGE changes would not play nice odds. It is better to methodically understand the issues and maybe look more into RB, Mclaren way for solutions (if you lack ideas for direction). Mercedes is class on its own. They had no 1 aero team. And to beat Merc head to head at the moment is illusion, only a fool goes looking for a rainstorm in the sunshine.
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