wuzak wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 08, 2022 4:14 am
AR3-GP wrote: ↑
Tue Nov 08, 2022 1:53 am
Merc's big advantage really didn't have to do with the regs being frozen. The other manufacturers were simply "way out of their depth" resource wise (Renault), and ability wise (Honda, Ferrari, Renault). Even when the engine rules were a free for all since 2018, it took until 2022 for the Mercedes PU to finally be dethroned.
Mercedes also had a head start for those regulations.
To quote Luca Marmorini from Race Engine Technology Issue 100, Feb 2017:
"In the first year of the regulations, to have such a new concept of car, with the powertrain frozen, that was not good", "of course we had a lot of frustation being behind Mercedes, both us and Renault were struggling. If we had a chance to introduce some performance modifications during the year, Mercedes would have still won anyway, but we could have made their lives a bit harder".... "but we couldn't introduce anything for performance. It was very frustrating already having an engine that was much better on the dyno but not being able to use it because of the regulations. So it was very good that the FIA accepted the change of regulations at the end of 2014, allowing teams to use tokens for performance during the race season".
"I think the FIA did a great job of coordinating the input from different manufacturers. At the very beginning, I remember, Toyota, BMW, and Honda were also present and involved in the definition of the rules. People now claim the rules were designed for Mercedes but that is completely wrong".
"I remember that at the time, some decisions had to be based on the taking the safer route. We thought reliability would have played a major role in the season, but in the end that was not the case. By the time we got to Bahrain we realized the deficit, but there was not time to react because we were already building engines for the first race".
about Ferrari being a smaller company:
"So we were struggling to handle a racing season where the company was expecting you to succeed, while at the same time you were using the dynos to run the new concept. We paid the price for that in 2013, as we developed the new engine on just one dyno and a single-cylinder engine. The V8 and the new engine could not share the same dyno. It was only at the end of 2013 that were were able to use all our facilities for the new powertrain"... "the overlapping period needed to be done with more redundancy". "This was the approaching taken by Mercedes, which by mid-2013 had a skeleton team working on its V8 program."
He mentioned the infusion of capital feom Fiat / Chrysler helped a bunch, but that came later.
He also revealed without getting into any details, that they were working on different combustion concepts as early as 2013. The Audi and Peugot diesels were showing everyone how to do with with the fuel flow limited regime as they were rapid combustion Miller Cycle engines before F1 made the switch.