On Monday, 11 June 2018 10:40:16 UTC+1, Edmund wrote:
> On Mon, 11 Jun 2018 01:45:43 -0700, larkim wrote:
> > On Monday, 11 June 2018 09:09:47 UTC+1, Edmund wrote:
> >> Don’t take my word for it, ask Mclaren.
> >> Maybe the FIA can come up with more regulations like
> >> forbidding the Red Bull chassis to make it more equal.
> >> Edmund
> > It's increasingly looking like Honda was only part of the problem over the
> > last few years. There seems to be a malaise of complacency about them
> > through which they keep on telling themselves there is a magic fix around
> > the corner that will unlock huge potential from their car, when in
> > reality they are nowhere near.
> > With a Renault engine, they should be matching RBR if they are as good at
> > chassis design as they seem to believe they are. And if not matching RBR
> > they should be a lot closer than they really area.
> > I've given up making ridiculous assertions in the prediction pool here based
> > on a renaissance for McLaren via Alonso as it so clearly isn't coming good
> > that it is getting embarassing being a supporter of theirs now!
> They do have some sort of excuse after 3 years not being able
> to test anything due to a PU that couldn't sustain 10 laps or so.
> Having said that it is amazing that Mclaren with decades of racing
> experience was not able to analyze the data and see that it wasn't
> only the lack of Honda power that caused their lack of speed.
> Given the amount of money spent in F1 and making this kind of
> mistakes ... I wonder what they are doing, they really look
> like a bunch of amateurs.
> Don't they have wind tunnels anymore or has the FIA forbidden that too?
You're right to a degree, but it's a bit OTT to suggest they couldn't test
the car for more than 10 laps. They weren't dead last at every race last
year and they were completing more than DNF'ing so they really should have
good (enough) aero and chassis data to take steps forwards. Perhaps
Canada is a poorly representative circuit in that regard, but we'll have to
see what the next few bring on the way to Silverstone.