I hope the cars look like that rendering. That is gorgeous!
I think you are having too high expectations that Alfa Romeo will make everything themselves to make a racecar. That will not happen any more, to have all the expertise and manufacturing in one house. If a dedicated manufacturer makes Your engine for you, so what. Ilmor made engines for Chevrolet and for Mercedes. We did not hear any one complaining that those were not the engines with the names written on them. Cosworth engines were also used in lot of different brands like Lotus, Lola etc. No one had problem with that. Anyway Sauber is going in the direction of being Alfa Romeos F1 racing team permanently, except Alfa has not bought them, like they owned Autodelta and Brabham. Time will show how more appetite Alfa will have after this season in F1 to invest more money in their project. But anyway Alfa Romeo Racing will stand on the entry list, not like last year when they wrote wrongly Ferrari Sauber in the results! Instead of Alfa Romeo Sauber.As much as we love the idea of that, and we are all excited about the Alfa Romeo F1 team, at this point it's a sponsorship / naming rights deal. We will be much more excited when there is an Alfa Romeo chassis under it, and maybe a joint venture Ferrari-Alfa engine in it. A team of Alfa Romeo engineers (remember, there aren't any anymore) developing the suspension. Until then we can just root for the logo and the colors.
If the FIA were honest they would admit to making a mistake when banning the Lotus 88. Ground effects solves the aero problem due to following another car immediately, and the twin chassis of the Lotus 88 solved the lack of suspension issue with the ground effect cars that made driving them so jarring. It also made the often broken wings cheaper, and permitted closer racing because the wings were smaller so they could bump and grind into each other without an end of race situation when a front wing looses a component.Mr Brawn speaks about the idea of returning to a long gone era........
"According to F1 sporting director and genius aerodynamicist Ross Brawn, the current car loses as much as half of its aero performance when following two car lengths behind. For the 2021 regulations, Brawn says they already have a design that reduces that number to 10% performance loss while following."
"Steps have been made for the 2019 regulations to reduce that aero performance dip by as much as one-third, which will hopefully translate to an increase in overtaking and an ability for drivers to fight on better footing. If this year’s racing results are a success, then that further reduction in aero penalty for 2021 sounds quite promising."
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“I’ve heard it commented that we should get rid of the wings and the downforce and just rely on mechanical grip and then the cars will be able to race each other,” Brawn told Motorsport.com. The problem with that is they’ll be slow. And the speed of the Formula 1 car is what takes your breath away."
"We don’t want to lose the speed of the Formula 1 car. We want it to be the fastest racing car on the planet, the most impressive racing car on the planet - and you can only do that by harnessing the aerodynamic performance. So I don’t think we can take a simplistic view and just get rid of all the downforce and think that’ll solve it."
"What we need is the downforce to be delivered in a way that cars can race each other. Overtaking can sometimes be used as the measure of success, but in fact close racing and the ability of cars to run behind each other and run side-by-side and get close and attack is the thing that everyone gets excited about. Even if it ultimately didn’t culminate in an overtaking being achieved - but they’re fighting each other."
So what they're saying is they don't dare get outclassed by other forms of racing. Lap speeds are paramount. The vacuum cleaners glued to corners are necessary to do that. If you want cars power sliding through mid-speed corners, you want some kind of retro racing, or F2, or Indycars, or Spec Miatas.
Agree. Sort of shows up McLaren doesn't it, or have Honda made huge changes?RBR w/Honda engines should be 'fairly' optimistic...
IMO yet again Vettel has been shown up by another team mate. Why Ferrari keep wasting money on him escapes me? Vettel is no M. Schumacher, or Hamilton. But on the positive side Leclerc looks fastI don't have a clue what's going on w/my RedTeam
IMHO they where beaten like a redheaded stepchild....Agree. Sort of shows up McLaren doesn't it, or have Honda made huge changes?
IMO yet again Vettel has been shown up by another team mate. Why Ferrari keep wasting money on him escapes me? Vettel is no M. Schumacher, or Hamilton. But on the positive side Leclerc looks fast