Are you insinuating that the W14 suspension is 'off the shelf'? It already is 'bespoke'.Luscion wrote: ↑Wed Nov 22, 2023 3:47 pmI think there's a couple things going for Merc this season. Them realizing how important suspension is and giving the W15 bespoke suspension,chrisc90 wrote: ↑Wed Nov 22, 2023 1:24 pmIt would be interesting to correct that for McLaren who brought the upgrade in austria. Definitely a bit skewed given they were firm last before that upgrade. Austria onwards would be a decent bet.
Maybe doing it driver relative would be better? Who knows how they are calculating these times? As in you have RB with max 1 and checo p5 you average out p2.5. So if one driver considerably better and one underperforms is it messing with the team average?
Merc need a LOT of time to catch up to red bull/max. I’d dare say .750 to bring a decent challenge.
They probably better off doing a 2021 style - max the engine out and take the 5 spot penalty.
I think Vanja sums it up, as others have previously. This is the single most biggest time Toto needs to bring the team forwards. There is not one single excuse they can use for the change from W14 into W15. Especially when they have hinted at all these certain fundamental changes that need to be addressed
I thought the team were aware of suspension woes in '22: the ride was terrible according to both drivers' constant complaints even after porpoising was 'solved' for them & numerous times the team said that they needed mechanical fixes not just aero hence development of the W13 could not solve some of their main issues... and that they would happen in the off-season with suspension...
I think more than anything they discovered with the W14 that their aero was the issue. AMR's success with Merc's rear-suspension among other things demonstrated that from the get-go.
They obviously knew their aero development was poor over the winter too. They had model issues and individuals involved were fired before the season started. They had begun abandoning the zeropod concept already by pre-season testing.