To say that error is probably not true but they choosed a concept and it seems not working as good as others's... Not only Merc themself but Aston Martin also had issues. They are almost same cars. Further more Aston Martin had engine issues too. Maybe they are as good as fight for wins but not with big margin any more. When it get hotter, which is well expected during summer, they may be out of first 3.El Scorchio wrote: ↑Mon Mar 15, 2021 4:37 pmExactly. I'd be very surprised if there were a design 'error'. Only thing I can see is if they were just finding it incredibly difficult to marry the unchangeable fundamentals of their car to the new regs.basti313 wrote: ↑Mon Mar 15, 2021 4:29 pmThere are four simple points why it has to do nothing with design:El Scorchio wrote: ↑Mon Mar 15, 2021 2:58 pm
At worst, they are the second best engineering team in the sport as proven over the last seven years. They will not have made a hideous mistake in design, with so few changes in car evolution from 2020 and all the previous seasons of these steady regs to fall back on. So therefore logically their design just isn't as easily compatible with the enforced changes, they had nowhere to go with development, or they haven't shown their true hand yet.
- Merc never used low fuel loads in testing for the last...6 years. The car was full as usual. That it does not look as good as an empty Bull, McLaren, Torro is no miracle.
- They did not show the full aero package in testing for the last ....4 years. There is no reason to have all final parts on the car now.
- The cooling issues relate to a too tight bodywork, that was more targetted to cooler races. I think that is a wise approach, run the car a bit lower powered but learn more about relevant aero for Europe.
- It takes three weeks to copy the diffusor from McLaren. So even if they have a bit too less downforce at the rear end now, they will regain some until Imola.
The only reason why you could argue that the rear is not good is that Hamilton did some Vettel with loosing the rear under breaking. Their style is quite similar, so no losing rear end stability hurts. But as above...there is certainly something still to come in rear end aero.
The other part of it, even if Ham is leading or trying to gain position during race, he cannot drive faultless and this will hurt much. No need to talk about Bottas and shrinkage at strategic options