SiLo wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:30 pm
izzy wrote:it was obviously supposed to be illegal, but Mercedes spotted a loophole in the wording, i.e. "IF" the steering wheel is fixed, and FIA have been consulted, done the decent thing with the cars already being designed to those rules, accepted the loophole was there, and closed it for next year. Gorgeous F1! Thank god it's not quite a spec series yet
How they should do things. Allow the looohole for the year and then close it. I enjoy seeing innovations that at least see a season out than ones that never see the light of day
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I would have preferred 2 years. 1 year for the team to take advantage of the idea as other teams will have a lot of issues adopting this in their existing cars, and another year for the competition to adapt and integrate it.
jrdh wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:50 pm
Sieper wrote: ↑
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:33 pm
What I don't understand is any moveable aero is forbidden.
With toe-in your wheels have a larger frontal aero surface then with toe neutral. So by moving the wheels to toe-neutral you are having less of an aero impact and as such it is moveable aero. They way how you achieve it does not really matter anymore. The fact that you have a way of controlling it to your suit is enough to call this moveable.
Then, to make matters worse, there is the way you control it, yes you use the steering wheel, but not to steer, just to actively control the aero frontal impact of the front wheels. When pulling the steer toward you and when pushing it away you are not steering at all, you are moving in a straight line. The only purpose is to change toe-in and with that frontal aero surface is reduced.
I agree with this assessment 100%. I find it kind of strange that other teams are not arguing this!
Who says that they aren't going to? I mean I don't think there will be a protest, but for now this is testing. Asides the crash tests, you are absolutely allowed to run an illegal car right now. Furthermore, lodging official protest in Melbourne could mean potentially Mercedes losing points.
But to be honest, I don't think they can succesfully argue it falls foul of the moveable aero rule. Because the wheel already is inheritingly a moveable device. It spinning and rotation means it is putting the aerodynamics around it in constant flux. You'd have to argue that a device, the wheel, has more "moveable aero" than before, but I don't see how the regulations will make that illegal. The catch all aero rule there is construed for bodywork and whatever that was not moveable in the first place, not for a device that already is and is widely accepted as such.