Ryar wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 23, 2021 3:40 am
Edax wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 23, 2021 12:02 am
I think part of that comes from the advance in manufacturing. I don’t think Verstappen and Perez drive the same car. Or any #1 or #2 driver.
When you make a hundred parts to the same specs they will not be the same. Even if they are all within tolerance some will perform better than others or be better matched to others. The difference is small but multiplied over the thousands of components that make up an F1 car it should lead to a sizable advantage.
With the current available manufacturing aids this kind of cherrypicking has become fairly easy over the past 10 years. You can handpick components from production, based on performance predictors measured in line, assemble them in a digital twin and get a idea of the combined performance, before the parts have even left the dock at the suppliers.
My guess is that if ordinary companies can do this, F1 certainly can. And with the stakes this high I cannot imagine that they are not using this to distribute components over their #1 #2 cars and sister cars.
You are essentially saying a team is deliberately producing inferior parts for one driver, which is really wayward. On one hand you say, same spec components can have difference and on the other, you say there are equipments to measure performance of such minute difference and use accordingly. This one is a first I have heard.
I think Force India also did this because of which Ocon out qualified Checo in their years together. Maybe that's why Bottas looked that bad in Mercedes.
It is not deliberately manufactured worse. But rule of the thumb you want to have any measurement at least a factor 10 better than your manufacturing capability in order to be able to monitor and control the process. But that naturally gives you opportunities to select within the spread if you choose to do so.
To give an example. Pirelli mounts and balances the tires. The fact that F1 tires still need to be balanced already shows that manufacturing is not perfect. Apart from sensor weights, you have differences in roundness density etc.
The teams extensively measure these tires and compose them into sets based on how well they match and expected performance. The best overall set is reserved for the Q3 qualifying run. The worst is used up in training.
In this case they are not able to swap sets between drivers but that does not apply to components that are made in house.
Teams go to great lengths to portray themselves as giving drivers equal opportunities and that might be true for some teams and some circumstances. But certainly in the past half year I cannot imagine that RB has not been using every avenue to give Ves an advantage.