Honda have been awesome this year and it's great for F1 as you say, tho i don't see why they're going to end up actually ahead? Afaics they've learned the lessons of F1, that you can't be too nationalistic you have to join in, take learning and expertise from anywhere, be flexible, drop the student programme and get professional.GhostF1 wrote: ↑Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:53 pmYou don't think that's a generalised and slightly unfair assessment? Ferrari are ahead of Merc and Honda have matched Mercedes this year, if this dev. rate continues next year, they could overtake Mercedes to be the ones to catch Ferrari, yes they started lower, but the point is they are on a trajectory to hit highs faster than Mercedes now and Renault!? They started earlier, lobbied for this engine format and are languishing down the bottom with decent, but lets be realistic, last place power and DEFINITELY last place reliability.
Agree it would of been surprising if they didn't catch up for a company their size, and I believe it was expected to happen sooner or later, but regardless. They've been a huge story since 2015 that we have all followed for 1097 pages!!! (next best is 314!) and I'm so very glad they are now where they are.
Now they're in sunny Milton Keynes next to Red Bull and Mercedes with their 19 nationalities and they're in the loop, and it's the same loop as HPP/Ilmor which is how they've caught up. Renault are a bit of a different case with outsourcing everything but the others are all playing with the same things aren't they? Fuel, 3-d printing, combustion, but all so limited even down to the injectors and the number of sparks, and now with an extra fuel flow sensor and no oil in the intercooler
So I don't see why they won't all be really close in 2020, and mainly fine tuning the mapping, driveability and that kind of thing, and reliability...