bigblue wrote: ↑
Sat Apr 03, 2021 11:49 pm
MKlaus wrote: ↑
Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:47 pm
there is nothing in RB16B, other than some of the balance issues that plagued in the last years aren't there and importantly, mercedes have regressed more than red bull
Quite a strange way of looking at it (if I interpret this correctly as meaning something along the lines of the RB16B being "just" a minor tidy-yp of the RB16, but the main thing is that Mercedes were hamstrung by the regulation changes - maybe you didn't mean that, but it sort of reads that way to me).
Everyone regressed due to the regulation changes. The challenge was then to advance again from that. So maybe Red Bull just did a better job over winter. On the other hand, maybe the above interpretation is right, and the changes hit Mercedes harder than Red Bull and so they were disadvantaged more, and despite gaining a similar amount they still lost out. You'd also have to factor in that they also started from a better position before the changes.
If nothing else, Honda seem to have made a massive effort that incudes packaging enhancements, which helps to allow the redesigned rear end of the RB16B, so there's quite a lot of work there alone from both car and engine.
Here's the data from Bahrain 2020 vs 2021. Of course, take it with a grain of salt as the time of year and other conditions would factor in, such as tire compound changes, wind etc. Looking at the numbers it's obvious EVERYONE was affected by the regulation changes. All cars lost the same proportional outer floor area,
and the cars with the longer wheelbases and larger floor surface area were affected more. The teams that have the smaller deltas made larger gains in engine power and or packaging that enabled them to claw back more lap time from the outer floor area loss all of the teams were subject to.
順位 チーム(team) 2020年 2021年 変動 (delta)
2.Alfa Romeo____________________1:29.491__1:30.708__+ 1.217秒
3.Red Bull_______________________1:27.678__1:28.997__+ 1.319秒
4.Alpha Tauri____________________1:28.448__1:29.809__+ 1.361秒
9.Aston Martin___________________1:28.322__1:30.601__+ 2.279秒
https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/hond ... o/6094099/
Speaking after the Bahrain Grand Prix, Tanabe opened up on what specific changes have been made to the power unit, and why they have been such a help for Red Bull.
“The camshaft position has been lowered, and we have lowered the engine height,” he explained. “It is a compact package.
“As a result, when the engine is installed in the chassis, the degree of freedom of the airflow flowing inside the car is increased. In other words, it has contributed to the aerodynamics.
“It's hard to come up with exact numbers as to how much downforce has increased and how much lap time has been improved, but [Adrian] Newey said that he was grateful for the power unit being more compact and it contributing to the new installation.”