so, in a roundabout way, the MP4-28 is a "one trick pony" for now.
If you get "all the stars lined up", that it can work in it's window, you can get all this "potential downforce" to work for you.
If you don't, it's dire straights, one thing leads to the next, and you are way off the pace.
For now, they can hope, that on some tracks/conditions, they are able to run in this setup conditions.
Once again, it looks like someone has "fallen in love" with his sims/windtunnel data, and take them as "reality".
Potential more downforce, is all fair and good, but at the end of the day, it's real world downforce/performance (under real conditions weather,track etc.) which wins you races and points.
If what has been reported from the first test is true, that would be "shocking". Not the fact, that this guy mounted the part the wrong way round, this can happen, but that it was not picked up,
before or at least when the car was running on the track for the first time. Makes you wonder, what all the guys in the back of the garage look at on their screens, and what all the sensors are for.
Seeing that "dynamic ride height" (ride height while running on the track) is too low, or lower then expected should not be that difficult to figure out.
It's a bit like a "ultra powerful engine" which makes all it's power in a small rpm range, that's great, unless you never have the chance, to run it in this rpm range, then you will be beaten by "less powerful" engines, which effectively make more power over the complete rpm range of operation. At the end of the day, power or downforce, it's not the peak value which wins you races, it's the area under the curve, over the range of operation.
Edited by TC3000, 18 March 2013 - 17:13.