Forgive me if this is a stupid question, however I can't help but wonder if Williams should go back to the lower rake concept. The car we had under Symonds was much lower at the rear than post Symonds and was much more stable in high speed corners (even with a wind tunnel spitting out incorrect numbers) and much more competitive.
It's been on my mind since the pink Mercedes appeared in pre season testing. If I remember correctly there was an interview with one of their head designers (Andy Green maybe) or something that said that the high rake was something they struggle to master (obviously it has a fair bit too do with using the Merc gearbox that ultimately is designed around the low rake concept), bit it got me thinking... Mercedes has cleaned up since 14, they also are the only team to constantly stick with the low rake concept, yet as soon as racing point went to the same concept they have been far more consistent and quick. Now I'd be an idiot to assume racing points huge turn around is all in the rake, but considering the strong package we had under Symonds with low rake, racing points changes of fortune, Mercedes dominance... Is there something to it? IIRC the racing point guy said perfecting the high rake concept was extremely difficult as you needed to have sealed the floor amazingly well to reap the concepts rewards... But the all concurring Merc isn't at all handicapped by lacking this concept.
It reminds me of the interviews about the 14 and 15, Mercs nose tip concept, and people saying that it really wasn't that much of an advantage and that because almost all the other teams went the "thumb" tip route, Mercedes concept is likely to a bring negligible advantage... Yet in 2020, almost all teams have clambered over themselves to copy the Mercs nose concept... even though it took them 5 to 6 years to change their concept...
Anyway, its just been playing on my mind since pre season testing.
Hopefully some much more intelligent and knowledgeable Aero guru here can shed some light on my question.
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