PowerandtheGlory wrote: ↑
Tue Feb 25, 2020 10:34 am
Racing point- aka- 'off the back of a lorry...'
The full quote is
"I know for a fact that Racing point received 4 Chassis from Mercedes last November. Wheeled them in to the back door. Let’s bear in mind, that they test in the same wind tunnel on the weekends. Who knows what information is shared..."
The bargeboard area is 'Exactly' the same... so how can the TP quote ' Our design from scratch'... i can smell the BS from here... The only good thing is Merc technically cant 'give them' a 2021 car- they will need to actual design that themselves - unless of course they are getting knock-off from that design too.
Interesting rumor, couple comments-
1. November is way too late to influence RP's decision on whether or not to copy the W10 for 2020 season. RP would have to make that decision and commit to it by ~late-summer 2019.
2. Having said that, once the 2019 season is over (November), is it legal for Mercedes to sell the full intellectual property of the W10 to RP, including drawings and example cars? Is it possible such a sale was already completed during summer 2019 to take effect first day after 2019 season?
3. If RP owns the IP, can they copy the design to various simulations/models (structural, CFD, wind tunnel, kinematics, etc.), determine from those simulations & models that they like the performance of the car, and therefore go forward with that design based on their own analysis?
4. If RP approves a design path based on IP that they own combined with their own engineering analysis, does that path become their own design?
If we're asking these questions, then I'm still thinking the overall problem is the stagnant nature of F1 design as constrained by the rules. Seems like Senna's death was a turning point for the sport, and I'm not sure why.
The rules had always been a method to constrain speed to (relatively) safe levels. But after Senna's death, the rules have embodied a very palpable fear of the cars' appearance changing over time-- The rules have actively enforced a certain appearance to the cars beyond any regard for speed or safety.