F1 » Horner downplays diffuser rule change

Christian Horner downplays the impact of the blown diffuser planned for the British Grand Prix

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devilsadvocate - Unregistered

June 28, 2011 3:08 PM

I think lulu was right before his bipolar alter eo apologized on twitter yesterday, mclaren is gonna take another step backwards. Supposedly Redbull was exploiting ht blowing more than others yet it was mclaren that suffered the most from losing hot blowing. At best the order will stay the same since with cold blowing it's the same 2.4 liters of air per revolution flowing through the diffuser. Given that last year at silverstone that mclaren had some real teething problems balancing the car with their own blown diffuser that many will remember they couldn't get to work right until they started blowing it off throttle. Add to that how much of a dog the mclaren was this year before thu copied newey's exhaust, not looking pretty. I would laugh a little little bit if merc passes them next weekend.


June 28, 2011 3:26 PM

mclarens problem seems to be a bit like last years. last year, they had the f duct, and decided to manage aero OVER the rear, whereas the bulls and others went for aero UNDER the car. this year, mclaren again went for OVER body aero, with their L shaped sidepods. this has lead to lack of downforce on the rear of the body, and therefore handling problems. lulu and button are probably both driving beyond the cars true abilities.could explain lulus inopportune moves?

USF1_Fan - Unregistered

June 28, 2011 5:50 PM

I am not quite yet ready to agree that viewership will fall or that the WDC battle is over.

But I do think Silverstone will be a telling point.

If that race continues as most have this year- Vettel untouchable and the fight is for best of the rest- yes, I think we will be largely down to Vettel and Red Bull fans and the hardcore Formula 1 fans who actually like the SERIES, not just certain teams or drivers.

nosense - Unregistered

June 28, 2011 6:08 PM

For those who can't get about what's the team build around this system: Renault F1 Team.

But he is not right... as usual.

Renault's system loss won't be any...that system is designed to keep a HIGH SPEED flow of the engine on medium acceleration through FAST CORNERS.

If their system would had been that similar to RedBulls they would have excelled at Monaco, actually their worst weekend of the season, we all know they can't get anything of the car on medium/slow corners unlike the Bulls.

Anyway, Redbull is gonna keep the hammer down with or without the blowjob...

Mug - Unregistered

June 28, 2011 8:21 PM

Honest question does Crash.net actually ever write their own articles or do they just take quotes from other sites and write articles based on that. They are always behind and write with inflammatory headlines but no substance.


June 28, 2011 8:46 PM
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the rule change only changes behavior of the car from breaking - up to the apex of the next corner. For the rest of the lap those engines still blow a lot of air when on medium or full throttle.

the problem of loss of downforce during breaking can be helped a bit by left breaking and staying on throttle with the right (maybe some changings in clutch or gearchange timing will be nessesary) so its up to driver skills.

so the loss is really "only" (yes it's maybe the most important part) when going into the corner.

i bet RBR will lose least of all teams using that system ...

Rob01 - Unregistered

June 28, 2011 9:04 PM

CJD... last race only involved the engine mapping. For Silverstone the ban will also include the exiting of the exhaust gases as they relate to the diffuser. Last weekend Seb ran a Silverstone car during practice. He was a couple seconds off the pace of the others. There will be additional losses for all teams. It's just down to who it will effect the most.

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