Better compared to 2019, almost guaranteed but also an irrelevant metric.godlameroso wrote: ↑Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:52 pmIt has to be better, otherwise you're going backwards.Ground Effect wrote: ↑Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:01 pmWe can’t be sure the Renault engine will be better in 2020, we can only speculate/hopegodlameroso wrote: ↑Mon Jan 06, 2020 9:13 pm
Strong words, this is the McLaren topic, I'll only say that Red Bull's 2018 performance was flattered by circumstances. They earned every win they got, what I mean is yes they had a good chassis, and the weakest link in their chassis performance was always the Renault engine. That is what failed. Why did it fail? Because Red Bull designed their own cooling and rear end, which wasn't always compatible with the limits of the Renault machine. Which is why I say their performance was in spite of, and not because of the Renault engine.
What we have seen in 2019 is that the Red Bull had more than adequate cooling for everything and nothing broke this year, despite this conservative approach they still surpassed 2018's chassis performance. 2020 will be even better as they will push things more to the limit for the aero performance it brings.
Yes McLaren will certainly be better, but I maintain that if you go too extreme with the rear end, the Ferrari/Renault layout has more trouble dealing with it, than a split turbo setup. In 2019 the Ferrari/Renault layout had the lowest chassis performance, the Ferrari/Renault layout did much better on drag limited circuits vs downforce limited circuits. McLaren did very well, and has a chance to make another big step, this is obvious. However with a Mercedes power unit with a split turbo setup they have a chance to take an even bigger step.
If McLaren were happy with what was possible with Renault they would have stayed, because the Renault power unit is now relatively on par with the others, and will be even better in 2020.
Better in 2020 compared to other PU's than how they compared in 2019, no guarantee at all.