aran.vtec wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 20, 2019 2:59 pm
LM10 wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 20, 2019 12:16 pm
Just_a_fan wrote: ↑
Wed Nov 20, 2019 11:49 am
Is the non-Ferrari team a Mercedes team (or even Mercedes themselves)? Is that what Marko was hinting at?
Or is the non-Ferrari team being used as a control to see where the differences lay?
If there is naughtiness going on in the Red and Silver teams, Red Bull and Max might both end up being champions this year after all...
It never looked like something naughty was going on with the Mercedes PU this season. If any, the Honda seems to be suspiciously powerful now. By asking the FIA for several clarifications the focus is being taken on that particular team and off themselves.
What I find interesting is that the Honda is at least on par with Mercedes now and no one raises en eyebrow. At the beginning of the season Redbull was behind Mercedes on the straights even though they had less downforce and drag. Now, with much more downforce, they’re faster than the Mercedes.
Honda have also had more upgrades this season each engine change has been an upgrade, Also Honda's current engine has allot less mileage than Merc which i would assume would be a factor.
Additionally, the Red Bull has performed well with their substantially fresher PUs in high-altitude environments such as Mexico and Brazil, 2 of the highest-altitude circuits on the calendar.
The Honda PU utilizes a larger compressor than the Mercedes unit, which performs better/can be pushed harder in the high-altitude environments. Mercedes doesn't utilize this approach because on the vast majority of circuits, it's advantageous to have smaller components/tighter packaging.