shady wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 02, 2019 4:15 pm
This is formally an engineering competition (the money is paid to the constructors).
There will still be plenty
of things to engineer and optimise, no need to worry about that.
Be it fuels, oils, harvesting strategy, combustion, suspension geometry, clutch, composite layups -- even the bodywork surfaces retain a significant degree of freedoms... So many things are open for some level of development in the regulation, there is no need to worry about a glorified open wheel Carrera Cup.
I think banishing the highly sensitive "raked" cars -- that make a mockery of 1982's flat floor regulation that intended for the floor to be flat -- is absolutely a positive development. The teams have gamed the reference plane regulation, and decided to run their entire car at an angle of attack such that the floor is at an angle of attack for ground effect and not flat at all.
Perhaps FIA should have stuck with the 100mm ride height rule, enforced by laser, that they originally had when they dreamt up the flat floor...