Post by ~misfit~ Post by Michael Gooding
Good point, Shaun. Senna lost ground effect when the car bottomed out didn't he? So any irregularities in the surface could be disastrous; we'll need dead flat, perfectly smooth Tilkedromes. Glorious!
I think with Sennas crash it was more a failure of the hasty steering mod done to the car or
(whisper it) driver input. (Maybe trying to avoid debris and losing control.) Full ground effects
had been essentially ruled out of F1 *before* the start of the 1994 season I think (my memory's a
bit hazy). My initial answer was written after a quick refresher on Google / Wikipedia but now on
further research I'm fairly sure Sennas car wasn't using ground effects. Also it was William's
first year without their active suspension.
“I messed up the transition from active suspension [in 1993] back to passive and designed a car
that was aerodynamically unstable, in which Ayrton attempted to do things the car was not capable
“Whether he did or didn’t get a puncture, his taking the inside, faster-but-bumpier line in a car
that was aerodynamically unstable would have made the car difﬁcult to control, even for him.”
F1 aren't planning on going back to full-on ground effects, more like the type of designs seen in
Indycar. These cars can follow very closely but aren't prone to 'coming unstuck' as badly as early
semi-sealed floor F1 ground effect cars. This newer generation of ground effect isn't all or
nothing, it gradually decreases with distance from the surface and loosing (most of) it on a (very)
poor surface is more akin to what happens now when an F1 cars front wing loses laminar airflow.
They just understeer somewhat rather than go straight off the track.
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