> >Both Williams and Ferrari are promising radical cars for next year, and
> >Ron is talking quantum leaps.
> >OK - where? Where are they going to be radical? What area(s) of the car?
> >What can the engineers still do within the existing format that's
> >radically new or different? Aero? Software? ***?
> >Can anyone here make enlightened guesses?
> For McLaren, a car that doesn't have an engine failure every other race
> would be a radical improvement. Or a Williams that actually looks
> then the one from '00,'99 or '98.
Truer words have NEVER been spoken in this group.
> Unfortunately (from an entertainment point of view), the 'radical new car'
> claims look most believable for Ferrari. They can risk the most, as
> Williams, McLaren et al still have to find a sec/lap to just be equal
> and Ferrari have the Bridgstone connection. If I got the facts straight,
> the F2002 was essentially designed *before* McLaren switched to Michelin
> and Ferrari/Bridgestone started their extremely close collaboration.
> So the F2003 should be the first car where tire and car where designed
> from scratch as components of the same system. So one can be almost
> certain that the new car will be significantly faster than this years
> and still reliable.
It gets worse, Frank and Ron need to push the absolute limits next year. To
finish every race 1 lap down to Ferrari will be unacceptable (see Williams
this year, almost as reliable as Ferrari but that makes no difference if
they are 1 sec a lap slower), they must push for a win or fail trying. What
this means is Ferrari are going to win every race unless Williams or McLaren
can come up with something radical that can last AND beat the Ferrari at
least once in 17 races. I would say Williams could win at Monza and McLaren
at Hungary and Monaco, maybe.
Next year is going to be one of the most lop-sided seasons we will ever see
in our lifetimes. Only the Schuey fanatics will be able to enjoy it (FORZA
He may very well be the only driver in history to win every race in a
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