Sevach wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:55 am
Phil wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:39 am
I fully expect Ferrari to turn up the heat at the FIA regarding the hydraulic suspension system that Merc seems to be using. Dont hate the players, hate the game.
If this is how Mercedes is making the tires work and extracting performance, its not something that Ferrari is doing (no hydraulic suspension system) and its not something they can easily adopt. I fully expect them to turn up the heat on a political level. Which team wouldnt?
I think they could find some time and consistency gains with it, i don't see why it wouldn't work for them.
Of course simply taking it away hurts Mercedes more than Ferrari going through the trouble of developing and setting it up.
My line of thinking is that the Ferrari seems to be quite a good package. Simpler and it handles the tires well. A good all-rounder in a sense.
Mercedes, i feel, are the aggressive player here. They have gone for a complex aero platform, one they understood. Low rake, but long wheelbase. They got a few things wrong - the car was overweight and the complexity in conjunction with the tires created a headache in that the car has a narrower operating window. The tightening of the rules regarding connected sunspension must have hurt a lot too.
Yet somehow they found another way to make their low rake car work and get the tires working properly and i think that hydraulic suspension system is playing a key role. Another key factor was getting the second oil that Ferrari must have been using banned.
This has put Ferrari on the back foot by quite a margin.
I personally think that the suspension system that Mercedes is now using is in a big grey area and perhaps could be perhaps bordering on being an "active component" (a question of how you look at it, i guess).
So i think we will see some movement here. On the other hand, Ferrari could well adopt it too, but what would the gain be? Even if they did, i honestly believe Mercedes car has the superior package. It just wasnt working yet beginning of the season.
If Ferrari could get it banned (and i suppose the FIA would be happy to oblige if it results in a closer championship), things might be closer again.