subcritical71 wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:16 pm
Capharol wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:23 pm
turbof1 wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:19 pm
There will be a lot of focus on the bargeboards now to compensate for the loss to manipulate the flow structures. Yes, this will still not be as good as the old wings, partially because the bargeboards can't stop the flow hitting the front tyre, but it will recuperate atleast quite a bit of the loss in rear and floor downforce, probably in expense of more drag.
wasn't it RB or rumours around RB saying that they are already par with the 2018 speed?
I believe they mentioned they were back to the downforce levels. Which I 100% believe. I even think they could get greater downforce if they wanted. As someone mentioned earlier the 2018 spec wing had alot of surfaces dedicated to outwash. 2019's wings can now use that area for downwash in addition to the extra surface due to being a wider wing.
Equal downforce levels, but no mention of drag. I think the downforce will be there, maybe even higher, however the cars will have a lot more drag, gone will be the days of 350kph, and top speeds will be closer to the V8 days, albeit with a lot more downforce. The drag will allow cars to slipstream better, and the higher brute downforce will help a little to not lose as much trailing. It'll work very well on some circuits, it won't make a difference on others, and it'll make things worse at others. It will definitely tip the balance of performance from track to track.
One thing that could be affected is the propensity for a team to be good at a track vs another. Like how the STR13 was nowhere on some tracks but easily best of the rest at others, or how some tracks favored Ferrari vs Mercedes, and vice versa.
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