dans79 wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:45 am
1m0bius1 wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 28, 2021 5:37 am
Suprised the Honda for Max has held up this well. He had one engine written off. So surely the stress on the other 3 would prevent any additional mapping?
From what I have read (from numerous articles over the course of this season and last), it seems like Merc can get more out of the ICE if it's willing to sacrifice reliability. Honda seems to be pretty close to max performance regardless of how long the ICE needs to last.
It's a really interesting scenario, that I don't have a complete grasp on.
This is how I understand it too.
Although I'd go one step further and say for the majority of the season Mercedes had an inherent issue with the engine that meant it was overall having to run at lower modes. They have probably now fixed that though.
The 'Brazil spec' engine is probably a combination of an engine that's had the fixes and it also only has to do 3 races. There seems to be the figure of 15 BHP advantage going around, but I bet it more like 30+.