jjn9128 wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 22, 2021 1:46 pm
High rake vs low won't make much difference. It'll affect both similarly.
Those floor edge slots are about keeping tyre squirt out of the diffuser which is an issue regardless of how high the rear axle is.
Good to hear.
Shall we assume then that Mr. Szafnauer is merely stirring the pot and being deliberately provocative without any basis?
Trying to blame the regulations for Aston Martin Racing doing a "bad" job?
https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/new- ... n/5941007/
When we last raced here in Bahrain – just four months ago – we were heading for a podium, on merit, before a power unit issue ended Checo's race. We will not be anywhere near that kind of performance here now, and the direct cause of that performance drop-off is the new-for-2021 aero regulations, imposed on all the teams.
If you compare the qualifying times between those two races here in Bahrain, now and four months ago, it looks like the high-rake aero philosophy cars have gained around a second per lap compared to the low-rake aero philosophy cars.
So Mercedes and ourselves are the teams worst affected.
I'm not happy, and when I say I'm not happy, I mean I'm not happy for our two great drivers; I'm not happy for the 500 great men and women who designed, built and are now running our new car; and I'm not happy for our sponsor-partners or our fans, either.
After carefully analysing data from testing and this weekend, it is clear that the new-for-2021 aero regulations have impacted cars with a low-rake aero philosophy significantly more damagingly than cars with a high-rake aero philosophy. Specifically, the change in floor dimensions and profile at the rear of the cars has had a profound negative effect on the performance of cars with low-rake aero philosophy, such as our car and the Mercedes car.
It is not only us who are speaking about this issue – Toto spoke about it in the FIA press conference yesterday.
We cannot make a change to a high-rake aero philosophy car even if we wanted to, and neither can Mercedes, because the suspension on this year's cars has been homologated.
What I'm saying is that the new-for-2021 aero regulations have impacted cars with a low-rake aero philosophy more damagingly than cars with a high-rake aero philosophy. So Mercedes and ourselves have suffered, whereas the high-rake aero philosophy cars such as those of Red Bull and Alpha Tauri, and McLaren and Ferrari, have not.
I thought such pot-stirring was usually the domain of Dr. Marko or Mr. Tost!
For Mr. Szafnauer to blame, without any basis, the regulations changes as targeting the Mercedes and Aston Martin cars seem outrageous!
Edit: Bizarrely, Hamilton is also stirring the pot with a similar theory.
https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/hami ... 40/?nrt=54
It's no secret that what the changes [have done], of course they've been done to peg us back."
Surely these allegations of FIA bias are entirely unfounded!?