I can't help but think the same. As the loss of Total/Elf to Renault and the adoption of BP/Castrol must have lost some energy in the combustion chamber as well as having two crews operating, one for Honda and one for Renault/Toro Rosso as well. And the change in combustion chamber and ERS characteristics for Exxon Mobil going from Honda to Renault will play a part. Im sure their PR Bull will say the loss in power will be much less than expected, maybe 12hp in total to their blurb, but i do feel as if the power loss will be maybe 5 times that as their mix will be different in terms of how the hydrocarbons are extracted in the combustion chamber.f1316 wrote: ↑Sun Sep 10, 2017 2:49 pmSeeing Exon/Mobil moving back to Honda makes me think back to one of my pre-season favourite topics: I wonder how much the fuel suppliers' merry-go-round affected the both Honda/Renault's development this year.
Can't have been good for continuity and neither company really made the expected progress.
Its funny how Honda and Renault have been experiencing technical failures, as i remember someone from Petronas and corroborated by Shell that fuel in the V6T-H era would be used not only for extracting the peak amount of energy that they can, but also the fuel and lubricants would be used in some way to help cool the components in ways that the V8s could have never been.