This would make much more sense. There was a slight loss in power last year after the FIA intervened, but it was nowhere near the loss we are seeing from this year's car. Its like something major happened in between seasons...elf341 wrote: ↑Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:37 amI think you're right that what we're seeing is from the settlement, but not as a punishment.6 of 12 wrote: ↑Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:04 amIs it possible, do you think, that the secret FIA-Ferrari-Deal includes some agreement that all Ferrari PUs have to use ~50hp less for a couple of races as a punishment for sneakily cheating last year? Because the Ferrari PU is so slow (all teams) that it is almost comical.
Rather, I believe the development path Ferrari went on the last 2-3 seasons was ultimately in violation of the rules, and that they continued to iterate on the non-legal innovation, centering the research and development around the idea, including aero (pile on dirty downforce, etc..), culminating in the supreme performance we saw in Spa/Monza.
When FIA determined that they had be contravening the rules for possibly 1-2+ years, they immediately mandated a partial ceasing of offending behaviour, possibly a straightforward software change (resulting in the sudden loss of pace at end of 2019), and then mandated a total removal of any offending parts/structure/operation for following season - this basically removed 2 years of development. So they are quite literally 2 years behind on engine since they had all their development thrown out.
This would explain what we have seen.
It could also be down to Ferrari developing a draggier, higher-downforce car thinking that they would race this year with the same power levels of last year