I see it the same way, regarding merc power levels during dominant period.chrisc90 wrote: ↑Tue Mar 21, 2023 10:52 amA monster Merc PU probably shadowed a aero deficit on all of the Merc cars during the hybrid era.
Nothing wrong with Perez at all. He had great moments last year and showing well this year. Remember it was reported that the car is also more in Perez favourite window rather than Max, so be interesting to see if that also shows as the season progresses. At the moment it would indicate that statement made was true.
Also (mentioned by Ringo? I believe in another thread a couple of weeks back) mercedes team has never seemed to make a naturally balanced suspension/geometry platform, relying instead on things like frics, other expensive damping roll control, das type development to bring correction to balance issues of vehicle and tyre use front vs rear. Clever, maybe, but placed within current cost constraints those technical answers may be out of reach.
The intent to build a balanced chassis vs one that MAY have peak performance, but absolutely needs intervention to control some of those aspect, are essentially contrasting approaches.
An over arching effect of the cost cap is that a poor idea, concept or application will cost exactly the same as a very good one (that's in terms of persons sitting there thinking it through) but once committed to the vehicle the poor performing concept will just suck money to try and make it work.
Even more strange why merc didn't decide this last year, they told everyone they were reconsidering, but made the same car again.
It's those effects and those of Ferrari that are making the dominant position look so big.
The speed difference between the RB and Merc being commented on currently is skewed as RB was running in a massive draft shed by Merc wings they are using to make up for poor floor performance. Most cars sucked along by that sized draft will look faster.
Reports are missing the detail, those Merc couldn't get near that AM with the same power deployment.