SoliRossi wrote:I have to say the duck bill was very interesting this year. It seems that the wide duck bill was our high df car, and the original thin nose was our slippery car. I was supprised when we reverted back to the thin nose for Spa.
Newey will undoubtly create a car with lots of down force again, but will we be able to create a car that is as good on the other elements of a track. It seemed that by the end of the year we were fast in the slow mechanical stuff as well, ie the final sector in Abu Dhabi. I just hope we have a car that is good on all tracks straight out of the box.
It seems we will still have Renault Engines in 2010, and there have been a few comments about its fuel efficiency, however i was under the impression our fuel efficiency was not good. There were several times when we would quali with what would seem like 3 laps more fuel than the Brawn and then come the race would have to stop on the same lap or just one lap longer than the brawn. Now its possible we altered our strategy to suit and stopped early, but i just thought the Renault was thirsty.
Either way lets hope the car is a cracker and can fend of the challanges from Ferrari and Macca. Im not overly concerned by Mercedes as the car will be a brawn developed machaine. They have not had the resourses to create as good a car as Honda did for them last season. Mercedes money will help affairs but that will take a year or so. I dont think we need to take too many guesses as to why Jens jumped ship. If it was going to be a front runner then they would have a better line up than Rosberg and a vacant seat at this point in time.
There will be a lot of carry over performance from the 09 to 10 cars, and hence we should be well placed as by the end of the season our car was the class of the field. So if we nail everything, get a bit more reliable we should go well.
There is a reason Christian Horner wants to continue using the Renault engine, remember it had permission from other teams to be developed recently. Meaning it has some advantages in terms of fuel efficiency which is critical for next year.
here is an article concerning the different constructor engine performance:
http://www.jamesallenonf1.com/2009/11/a ... e-in-2009/
I don't think the engine is all that weak either; I believe the RB5 chassis is a natural creator of downforce. So even with the wings at their lowest downforce setting; it may still have considerable downforce innately present about the chassis. Maybe if we strip all the cars of their wings and put the body shells in a wind tunnel, the RB5 will have the most downforce.
This can give the impression of a weak engine, after all is done to reduce downforce for straight line performance but have no noticable result in top speed. Next year they may have a similar chassis to this year but have a special nose, side pod, floor, engine cover package for Monza.
And about brawn 2010 car, was it funded by Honda? because if it is it could be another superior machine.
As a Mclaren fan I am afraid of what Newey is going to do next, i can't imagine how much better the RB6 is going to be, the RB5 was too damn good!