Ground Effect wrote: ↑
Fri Dec 04, 2020 10:11 am
mclaren111 wrote: ↑
Fri Dec 04, 2020 7:49 am
SmallSoldier wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:41 pm
I’m afraid that if RBR improves by a few tenths, it won’t be enough to challenge Mercedes.
I gave up a while ago in caring who wins the GP and decided to enjoy the midfield battle as a much as I can and in that regard, it has delivered one of the best seasons for me.
Same with me... I really hope we can take the fight to RBR next year...
Merc will still be unbeatable next year...
I think we’ll have our hands full with Aston Martin next year, they’ll have the W11 more or less. If something close to the real Vettel shows up, it’ll be them troubling Red Bull. The fact that they’ll upgrade to 2020 Mercedes parts and still have their 2 tokens to play around with is quite worrisome. Our best hope would be if they don’t do a good job with the new floor and diffuser for 2021. But they’ll probably just ask Mercedes what to do, so not a big chance there. I may not have noticed, but I don’t think Aston Martin have done any parts testing for next year during FP’s. McLaren, Renault, Ferrari, Mercedes have at some point.
I don’t see RP as a big problem, I think they’re already running W11 suspension and copy tracing has now been banned so they will have to deal with the new aero regs for next year themselves
With just 2 tokens to spend and most changes requiring 2 tokens to implement all teams are going to be very limited on what chassis changes can be made for next year so I don’t expect any major gains over the winter from anyone in that regard
I have a feeling Mercedes will spend their 2 tokens removing DAS as it’s banned next year so carrying the additional weight would not make sense, as RP don’t run it they might not even choose to their 2 tokens on the chassis and spend them on upgrading PIT equipment instead
The good news is McLaren will have the same power as RP next year, I would imagine it’s worth a 1/10 or 2, so we should be all over them
We mustn’t under-estimate the significance of the new aero rules, with an aimed 10% decrease in DF I think that could start to separate the midfield a little, McLaren have as good a chance as any in getting it right. We will just have to wait and see. As you say, at least they seem to be preparing for it
Either way, I’m really looking forward to 22 and to how RIC & SEB perform in their new teams... I know what one I’d rather have in my car -
Perez has been outstanding this year, Seb’s performance has been sliding a couple of years now. Perhaps he will bounce back at RP, the car does seem easier to drive than the recent Ferraris have been and I’m sure the atmosphere will be better, but he’s going to be under pressure to deliver and constantly compared to Perez by the media. It could go well, or a combination of Sebastian and Lance could be the unmaking of them