F1 » Renault admit to R31 failure

James Allison admits that Renault's R31 has failed to deliver

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November 21, 2011 1:53 PM

Yes Taz, probably, and getting rid of him would probably have been quicker and easier than sorting out the car.

It is at least nice to see teams trying something different, but a shame they obviously don't have the means to give up on it sooner.

jose - Unregistered

November 21, 2011 2:35 PM

The truth comes to the surface... The car turned out to be a Turtle.
The engineers did not get the job done. The season progressed and the
R31 got progressively slower. Boullier found the solution, simple
fire(sack) Quick Nick. Install Senna, even with his lighting speed things
didn't improver very much. Petrov now is getting pissed off with every
race. The Russian was, and is thinking about jumping ship. Boullier is
pointing fingers and finding fault with everyone, including Uncle Bernie.
All just hot noise and other BS. Boullier its time to go, pack your bags
and get the hell out of Dodge. Not sure, but I think walking the plank
is Painless...



November 21, 2011 6:05 PM

i think you are a little hard on the team. when the fee was revealed, this site was full of talk about how they had stolen a marh on every other team, and then there was a rush by others to try out and develope their own systems. but then the realisation that rbr were the ones who had stolen the march on others, and lack of developement then hindered the team. dont forget, mclaren, merc and even ferrari all made efforts with the fee.
it is not wrong to be adventurous. in this case it didnt work, but what if it had.......?


November 21, 2011 6:33 PM

Love to see the aero analysis that justfied embarking on this adventure. I'm not second guessing it or indicting it. I just wonder exactly what went wrong in the march from theory, analysis, test, and then reality. If the idea looked promising enough to take the risk, what did the engineers miss that eventually invalidated it?


November 21, 2011 6:52 PM

nutball. what i said before... there was good theory for blowing the floor from the front, but when it was found tyhat rbr were able to blow the diffuser more effectively, the game changed. by that time the design was set, and the car built. due to homologation of parts, there was little that the team could do. dont forget, the r31 was one of the fastest cars in winter testing, so the IDEA was workable.


November 21, 2011 7:01 PM
Last Edited 1466 days ago

Thanks Richard. I did get the gist of it, but I wanted more details. Wonder if any technical publication has a deeper technical analysis. Sorry, can't help it, I'm an engineer, hence the appetite. But thanks.

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