Look I am not an aero expert, but I do understand some fundamental things. Any downforce is an aerodynamic effect and comes with drag penalty, unlike the Mechanical grip that a car generate for cornering speeds. It's not like Diffuser on RB gets activated in yaw and there is no impact of the diffuser's functioning in a straight line. That is why teams try hard to reduce the impact of diffuser functioning in a straight line. If a diffuser is working hard (relative to another car) and producing more downforce, it does impact more (relative to the other car) in straight line too, unless there is some magical solution to make the diffuser ineffective in straight line, which is not the case and we are talking about top 3 teams.gandharva wrote: ↑Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:03 pmIn fact the opposite was the case most of the time. In a lot of races during 2018 they reduced wing induced downforce from friday to saturday because they didn't want to be vulnerable on the straights.GPR -A wrote: ↑Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:31 amWell, it's arguable isn't it. You bolt barn door rear wing and every available opportunity to bolt downforce and be fastest in corners and then pay the penalty on straights with loads of drag penalty. On the other hand, you can compromise a bit on cornering speed and NOT be so much handicapped in straights with the shedding of drag penalty. One can choose what compromise they want. Red Bull are obsessed with downforce since 2009 and they would be happy to blame the PU by showing that they are faster through corners.
This is not correct. Diffuser downforce is the most efficient way to generate downforce. This is why RedBull is able to drive such shallow wings on some tracks and still are on top in corners. E.g. Monza.
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I am going to compare him Max to Lewis' time as it has been debated that, Kimi got benefited in S3 from Vettel's toe.
Here are quali times from Monza. Max, was 4 tenths down in S1 compared to Lewis , 3 tenths down in S2 and half a second down in S3. I am not sure where is RB's highly effective downforce with ultra thin wing playing a role here.
Here is a nice comparison image from Monza GP. Arguably, if Mercedes would have bolted the same RB wing, they would have matched RB in S2 and would have probably been close to a second faster in both S1 and S3.