That’s totally wrong it doesn’t benefit Mercedes at all, same story was tol about the 2021 floor and see how that endedVanja #66 wrote: ↑Tue Jan 24, 2023 10:32 pmMerc benefiting from floor and bouncing rule changes is all based on facts. Timeline of their problems was:Airshifter wrote: ↑Tue Jan 24, 2023 4:50 amTBH, I think anyone stating it will help Merc the most is at best guessing. Unless we assume Merc knows full well what their problems were and how to fix it, we can't know that the car will come alive with the new reg. Since they got it wrong from the start, for all we know teams such as RB and Ferrari who had it closer to right from the start might adapt better and gain even more advantage with the car raised up.
It's the Merc hopeful pinning a thought on Merc getting an advantage through the regs. It was probably pushed (and well acted at times!) by Merc in hopes of changing things during the season under the guise of driver safety, but in the end all it will probably do is create more work for everyone and most likely slow the cars a little bit.
1) cars was designed for aero and suspension to run as low as possible at all times to extract maximum downforce possible (importance of suspension design is often since it can't improve performance much, but slightly wrong design can wreck the car)
2) bouncing wasnt expected and to reduce it quickly the car was raised - compromising suspension movement, dynamics, tyre management, etc
3) barca floor upgrade significantly reduced floor downforce to reduce bouncing sensitivity and this hurt Merc performance through most of the season
4) zeropods left a lot of floor exposed and uncontrolable floor movement still affected performance and generated bouncing, so the car was mostly running outside of optimal ride height
5) due to lower air density in Mexico and slighlty lower in Brazil, car was able to run lower and this brought it back to life mechanically - but was brought back to reality in AD
2023 floor changes reduce maximum theoretical floor downforce and also leave less theoretical potential for bouncing - ar the cost of floor performance. Since RB and Ferrari mastered floor design, its clear they will lose the most. Contrary, Merc had to sacrifice floor downforce even with Barca floor, so they will likely not lose floor performance at all, and - bouncing on its own is less likely to happen and/or cause major problems. In fact, their zeropod concept will also benefit since reduced floor performance also means less load on overexposed floor surface, making it less prone to uncontrollable movement - along with overall stiffer floor requirements.
Having potential to extract floor downforce without bouncing, Ferrari and RB were able to exploit flexible floor edges for mechanical sealing and extra floor performance. This was actually a problem for Merc, so stiffer floor is also working in their favour twofold.
Literally every change is working in their favour and hurts RB and Ferrari, so its absolutely no surprise both drivers and Toto were campainging for "safety" changes from Bahrain Q...
And Ferrari was bouncing like crazy, check silverstone footage it looks like the car is about to lose contact from the track