I thought they’d changed the rules so that heavier drivers aren’t penalised? The seats are ballasted to 80kg IIRC. Still doesn’t allow for big units, but the days of drivers starving themselves to hit the weight limit are over.
You got me googling.You’re probably right, but I don’t know. I was just following the lighter the driver the more ballast required that can be positioned to your advantage.
RB say they’ve squared the issues with the 2020 car’s instability and have more power from the Honda engine in an effort to close the gap to Mercedes. Interestingly Mercedes didn’t make any changes to their 2020 car after August, switching focus entirely to the 2021 car. It’s launched March 5th.
I'm going to put a crisp 50p piece on RB looking good just long enough on the first friday and saturday for MV to start getting all mouthy...before they get an absolute shoeing by merc.
Mercedes approach to the token thing seems a little strange to me. McLaren, for example, tried different components during the last half of 2020 so that they had them in the bank and didn’t need to spend tokens on them this year. They’ve spent both their tokens on the Mercedes engine installation and so have none left for in season development.Merc had had six months longer to finesse the 2021 design. RB were chasing up to the final GP and even then they only won because Merc turned their engines down, LH was not 100% fit and VB is not 100% capable.
As Honda will/must have, already paid for all the significant initial development costs, why can Ilmor not now continue to itself "simply" upgrade and build the existing design of engine, and supply RB, for the remaining season before new regulations (different type of motive power units) are introduced ?!
Mercedes approach to the token thing seems a little strange to me. McLaren, for example, tried different components during the last half of 2020 so that they had them in the bank and didn’t need to spend tokens on them this year. They’ve spent both their tokens on the Mercedes engine installation and so have none left for in season development.
Mercedes seem to have done the opposite; not done anything much in the second half of the season, which I believe means they have to spend tokens to introduce stuff this year.
Alfa Romeo have blown both their tokens on the new wing, but they can take non-controlled parts from Ferrari as they are a customer team.
It’s as clear as mud to me. I think we’ll see protests.
Yeah, seen that but still confused! Alfa Romeo have stated that they’ve spent their two tokens on the nose. But surely that’s aero?Aero is free.
Formula 1 teams will carry over 2020 cars into 2021, governed by a new token system. Scott Mitchell breaks down what that means for teamsthe-race.com
Published by: AUTOCAR magazine, Issue Dated 24 FEBRUARY 2021 (page 61).
Red Bull gives you power-trains
Red Bull has bought Honda’s F1 power unit project ahead of the Japanese firm quitting the sport at the end of this season.
Red Bull Racing and sister team AlphaTauri will continue to use the hybrid power-trains, which from 2022 will bear Red Bull branding. Consequently, the energy-drinks giant will ramp up investment in its Milton Keynes-based F1 operation.
There is no link to the inter-web . . . you'll have to buy your own copy of the magazine !! .
All teams will be looking where they can achieve maximum gains for tokens spent. Mercedes only real issue last year was the reliability of the engine running at full power.
I’m disappointed that F1 has gone in this direction, it was always the ultimate driving formula with fewest restrictions, now it feels innovation and development is being stifled.
was it an issue? I got the feeling they turned down the wick just to make sure they got a finish. and even then that idiot MV was only seven and eleven seconds ahead of them at the finish.
as far as the ultimate driving formula goes, you could argue the rot set in when they banned the fan car in 78, but for me it really began at the end of 93 when they banned TC and everything else.
If you have to turn the wick down and get beaten then it’s definitely an issue that requires improvement.