SmallSoldier wrote: ↑
Wed Jun 26, 2019 4:06 pm
To be honest, that’s always a moving target since you don’t really know who will make a jump or have better upgrades through the season.
Unfortunately, however it seems the Renault aero instability is still
Nico Hulkenberg says:
One of the biggest issues is that the aero balance changes in long bends, depending on how hard the wheels are turned, how hard the car rolls, or how strong the front dives.
What use is adding downforce to the car with updates, if that downforce is not available consistently but rather varies unpredictably depending on how far the front wheels are turned and how much bodyroll the car has.
Renault really must solve their downforce instability issue if they want to progress up the field IMO. Otherwise whatever aero development they do is just a facade -- an improved downforce number which looks good in the wind tunnel and engineering meetings, but which is not actually available
to the driver in a long sweeping 160 mph corner...
Hulkenberg praised the consistent balance of the McLaren:
You see right away: This car likes this track. The balance of the car from corner entry to corner exit is better than ours. This is important for the long corners here in Paul Ricard. The drivers have confidence in the rear of their car.
Facade in the sense that whatever aero "improvements" Renault make without fixing the instability, are just like plastering over the problem instead of fixing it from the ground up.
You could say the Renault RS19 is a bit like Windows 10, a spruced up version of Windows 8 (RS18), itself a spruced up version of Windows 7 (RS17), XP and originally NT -- you don't have to dig hard in Windows 10 to find old Windows NT control panel menus and Windows NT system applications underneath the shiny new exterior. Meanwhile McLaren MCL34 is like Mac OS X V1: McLaren like Apple were happy to drop the legacy Macintosh system (MCL33) and make a whole new system based on FreeBSD and NeXT that did away with the flaws of the old Macintosh from the foundations up. Ironically Renault are sponsored by Microsoft -- you may draw your own conclusions from that.