Well their front double bulkhead is pretty unique isn't it? Not as widely talked about as Mercedes rear wishbone but basically just as clever.wowgr8 wrote: ↑Wed Mar 17, 2021 4:17 amDo Red Bull push their rear end to the level they did this year without Merc setting the bar with their design last year? I guess we'll never know but my thinking is they drew a whole lot of inspiration from what Mercedes did, that's my biggest gripe with Red Bull at the moment, they have Newey and a huge budget but they aren't as innovative and proactive as Mercedes are (at least on a macro level), in my opinion.
Ferrari brought on the lowered SIPS and to some extent the outwash front wing concept that have both become mainstream, Mercedes brought on DAS, the POU offset (not completely sure whether this first appeared on the 2019 Mercedes though), the reversal of the LR wishbone setup etc etc, with Red Bull you don't really see this sort of big innovation in recent years, they're 1 or more steps behind Mercedes at all times, in 2021 we still don't know where Merc spent their tokens but I'm willing to bet it's something none of the other teams thought of.
I'm not sure why it is the way it is, and I doubt it's got to do with budget, maybe it's just as simple as Mercedes having better engineers?
In my opinion, one shouldn't judge a team purely on its visual innovations but rather on their on-track success. Innovations aren't worth putting on the car if the execution isn't right. Or even if it is locally in that area of the car, it won't save a bad car from being just a bad car. Haas comes to mind, which have introduced a fair share of small innovations. Ferrari too, but they are yet to win a title. Teams have got to make the car work as a whole and while Mercedes have been excellent, Red Bull has been pretty good at times too. Not very consistent, but good in the end. Ever since the start of the "modern bargeboard-era" Mercedes has gone for a whole bunch of fins, flaps, vortex generators. Red Bull has eventuelly gone that route too but they seem to prefer to use more simple, better understood shapes if they can. The Red Bull car always looked more basic/simple untill recently. You can argue there is not much going on on the RB16B yet if you compare the rear end of the car to its rivals it's a thing of beauty.