dans79 wrote: ↑
Wed May 08, 2019 5:51 am
zibby43 wrote: ↑
Wed May 08, 2019 5:44 am
Reliable sources have also indicated that Mercedes has been dealing with cooling issues since testing, and most of the squad at Brackley and Brixworth were expecting a very tough set of 4 races to begin the season because the cooling issues wouldn't be resolved until Barcelona.
Do you have a source for this?
Is this source implying that Mercedes can potentially run higher power modes during quali and the race once they have their cooling issue sorted out, or just the race?
Yep. Source: Michael Schmidt of AMuS (among others). He's alluded to it in both videos and in articles.
No mention of how it may or may not have impacted race modes, but he did mention that due to the issues, Mercedes can only run the PU in more aggressive settings for a few laps per weekend. Through the first 4 races, it has saved these laps for qualifying and, in particular, Q3.
I'm curious to see if 1) the fix does come in Barcelona; 2) whether the changes are "under the skin" (e.g., cooling architecture/layout); 3) whether the fixes result in being able to run more powerful settings and/or more powerful settings for longer; and 4) whether the fixes allow Mercedes to run even tighter bodywork.
Despite the alleged issues, Mercedes has still been running some of the tightest rear engine cover bodywork in the paddock. If the issues are related to actual physical hardware performance, rather than heat dissipation, it's not a surprise Merc have still been able to push the envelope there.
It also depends on whether the "problems" are over-cooling problems, similar to what Ferrari dealt with in Melbourne.