I think some of you are getting confused about that concept of a car "optimized for dirty air".JonoNic wrote: ↑Sun May 07, 2017 4:49 pmCan I throw a spanner in the works? What if you qualify in tandem with your teammate?Andres125sx wrote:Exactly, and no team will do this, ever, as no car ca go in dirty air the whole race (cooling, brakes...) so that would be configuring your car for a situation wich will never be the most frequent.ME4ME wrote: ↑Fri May 05, 2017 6:33 pm
If you know that you don't know, you can account for it through design choices. For example running less close to the stalling limit, putting more emphisis on guiding air rather than creating downforce producing surfaces etc. I'm no aerodynamicist but i'm sure there are sufficient tools to make it work. Problem is, while doing so teams get further and further away from the optimal config for running in clean air.
Also, doing that would mean you´re assuming your starting grid will be much lower than possible as in saturdays your perfomance (clean air) will be lower than possible, so you´re condemning yourself to overtake on sundays, and no F1 car will ever be so good overtaking wise to make this sort of strategy worth it.
An assumption again , but to me this would be complete nosense
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Even if they could do it, a car fully optimized for dirty air will ALWAYS be much slower than a car optimized for clean air. Period, and this is not an assuption Clean air is the condition where aero can get its full potential, any other condition is reducing DF potential
So if you qualify in tandem, the first car will qualify as always, and the second car will qualify several positions behind because he made his qualifying run in dirty air, wich means his lap was with severly compromised downforce, even if its design was optimized for dirty air.
A car designed for dirty air will only be faster than a car designed for clean air, running into dirty air. But no team/driver will ever make his qualifying run in dirty air on purpose, so it will acually beat none