Hoffman900 wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 07, 2022 4:45 pm
Stu wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 07, 2022 3:37 pm
No, it’s an attempt to balance performance. Efficient development is to be encouraged.
Efficient development still rewards the teams with the best resources and talent.
The less efficient you are, you spend more of your CFD and wind tunnel time chasing correlation issues.
Merc and RB are better at this than anyone and will always be able to do more with less. They can’t unlearn what they already know.
There’s an argument to be made that at the same time, the likes of Mercedes and Red Bull may suffer more than the rest of the field with the Budget Cap… When you are used to operate with a budget that is double or more than those that lead the midfield, operating under such constraints can be very difficult.
There is no question that they are efficient teams, but how much of that efficiency was due to the additional resources compared to the rest? How much of that efficiency will be lost due to the new constraints in place?
In addition, you are absolutely right when you state that they can’t unlearn things, the problem is where that learning resided and how it helped them outpace the rest… If for example Red Bull’s performance differentiator was in regards to how they managed their high rake philosophy, that advantage and knowledge won’t translate to the new generation of cars or if Mercedes’ one was in regards to how efficient their bargeboards were, they will also lose that advantage.
I do agree that Mercedes and Red Bull are most probably the ones to be at the front this year, but it wouldn’t be too surprising if they actually have lost a lot of their competitive edge towards the rest of the field due to the Budget Cap and new regulations.
It will be very interesting once the cars hit the track for testing, there are a few teams that could be dark horses in 2022, with the likes of Ferrari, McLaren and Alpine as potential surprises… The fact that those teams not only had more CFD / Wind Tunnel time available to them, but probably have focused on the new regulations for longer (since they weren’t fighting for the Championship in 2021) may give them an edge over the incumbents.