The top teams are certainly not running fully developed cars, but they certainly ARE running more fully developed cars than the backmarkers. This isn't speculation, this is the historical fact of motor racing. They may be running to the same rulebook, but they're not racing in the same series. Not in any realistic sense anyway. If you have 5 times as much money and 5 times as many highly skilled people working for you as I do, and you don't significantly outperform me, then you should be fired.
These exhausts weren't used last year because they were inferior to what was used last year. When the teams raced with no holes in the diffuser, other than the exhausts, direct blowing was still preferred by all. And please stop talking about that period as though it were the dark ages, it was a couple of years ago.
It's silly to imply that these exhausts are in any way superior when they were universally ignored until the other solution was made illegal. You really don't think somebody tried this idea out 5 years ago? I'd be surprised if they didn't try it earlier than that.
We ASSUME the current methods make for a less sensative solution. It's still a bit premature to be making statements of fact there.
Yes, I'm sure you can pull out yet another Ringosim to prove your point. I just don't understand why you continue to think your fantasy sims carry weight.
Kers is certainly not worth 3 tenths. I am aware that is the number being thrown around the media, but I remind you that journalists as a rule don't even take highschool level physics. Kers will certainly be worth different amounts to each team, depending on how they choose to compromise the system. And by the way, McClaren directly copying RB's exhaust will ALSO be worth a different amount. This is the nature of complex systems, and your to credit individual parts with massive and certain gains are not valid.
These exhausts are not worth 1 second because they can't be. They're not worth 1/2 a second because they can't be. If they were worth anywhere near that much time they would have been mandatory years ago, and would never have been abandoned. You don't remove 1/2 second from your car, not ever.
You are right, there is ideal center of pressure point, but if you have more floor/diffuser downforce, you can run less rear wing for the same CoP, and this means less drag.
Marekk, you're correct in that they could rebalance the car with the wing, and underbody downforce is generally considered to be cleaner than wing generated downforce. But if all they're doing is dropping some drag then these exhausts are worth even less.
My point was that they can't be worth any more than the front wing is capable of balancing. And since the front wing is certainly not capable of easily and instantly adding 1/2 a second, the exhaust blowing certainly can't be capable of doing so either.