yes and on racefans their simple speed index had Mercedes as iirc the only car that was slower than last year. It fits in with the car being a bit of a rush job after the tyres tests at the end of last year, when they learned how much load these tyres to get them working, so it was downforce at all costs as you say and tho it was the right idea over the season now Ferrari have found that load with their basically lower drag conceptGPR -A wrote: ↑Thu Oct 03, 2019 4:47 am
Well the W10 seems to be an extremely draggy car for the kind of downforce it has. Toto had mentioned that their philosophy was "Downforce at all costs", which could be why they are losing so much of performance in straight line, despite multiple upgrades to the PU in the last 12 months.
On the other hand, either Ferrari has more refined and efficient downforce and NOT SO MUCH of a powerful PU than Mercedes, which makes them faster in straight line; OR, they have similar drag to that of Mercedes, but a way more powerful PU (to the tune of 50 hp more), which doesn't seem to be true because of speed trap figures; Traction could be another factor, but Mercedes' PU is not a slouch on traction, so that isn't going to be such a big factor either. May be their German GP upgrade package is extremely draggy upgrade, which has made that impact in Sochi.
So, that leaves me with the belief that, there is too much drag W10 has and Mercedes should be trying to make more efficient aero as their primary target.
But anyway it's all for next year now. i wouldn't be surprised if they knew the new heave spring wasn't quite right with the old suspension but they ran it to find out about it