Bill wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:52 pm
I don't understand why some people are dissatisfied with Redbull Honda effort they objective of these season was a transition year according to Horner basically to learn about chassis pu integration and close the power gap to Mercedes. All these goals have been achieved, we can assume that all efforts have gone into 2020 challenger since big upgrade in Austria so next year should be interesting Redbull always do well in second year after regulation changes the only question mark is Ferrari and there curious pu.
exactly. Not just that but they've been winning GP's aswell.
Look at the DNF's last year and this year due to powerplant issues.
It's an absolute success.
That said, there is the thing which was recently mentioned that more or less before the summer break,
RBR was in a competitive mode compared to Mercedes and Ferrari. Since the summer break, Ferrari has made an incredible jump forward and Mercedes a tiny bit as to where it more or less looks like RBR have been standing still.
I think we've expected differently after the summer break, especially regarding Singapore.
Still got some races, Japan and Mexico should be interesting, but i think the point people are making are not that they haven't been doing a great job anyway, but that compared to before the summer break, things have been less impressive.
With the end result being simple; early half of 2019, RBR seemed on the right track to - by the end of the year - be on par with Merc and Ferrari with the hopes to be competitive for the 2020 WDC and WCC. Instead, they have been left out in the dry again, and we haven't seen too much to hope for any better relatively soon.
But, then again, Ferrari's sudden leap might actually stain that picture. After all, it's been theorized Ferrari might be doing something more or less 'illegal'. If they've found a trick, and it is legal, then it's a matter of time before Merc and Honda (and Renault) will find that trick and implement it too. If it's illegal, then thats a thing. It would mean Ferrari isn't really where it is so to speak. After all, if Merc and RBR would 'cheat' similarly, the pecking order would probably like it was before the summer break. Funny enough, more or less the same anyway. I'd rather like to belive and hope that Ferrari simply did an outstanding job. And i do hope Honda will take notes and also find more for 2020.
And so would the aero for the RB16.
The news that the new FW is a letdown isn't too good. Its not bad news, but it would be good news if it's actually implemented and there to give them another improvement forward. But hey, we will see what happens this weekend.
Something tells me it's gonna be a LeClerc win with Hamilton 2nd, Bottas 3rd and Vettel 4th meaning Verstappen will be 5th and Albon hopefully 6th.
What i would have much rather like to see is a shot for P1 for Max. But quite frakly, since the summer break, i'm doubtfull about that happening this year.