You don’t get this stuff done in conventional engine development because you are dealing with combustion characteristics that I bet you a million dollars, were not known to the engineers three or four years ago. The frustration for me is that I don’t know how far down this road the four engine manufacturers are relative to one another, or how the fuel sponsors adjust their fuel concoctions to stay within the “pump Fuel” definition or whether, for example, the various Merc engine users end up with different power figures because they are perhaps not using fuels from the same suppliers. All I do know is that we don’t know what we should know in both the horsepower department and in tech information that would, without compromising the teams, make all this a hundred times more interesting. We live in hope…..
Do I have a prediction for this year? Well as far as engines go, yes…..because the token system has gone, the boffs will find it easier to get to the optimum simply because engineers eventually sus out the options and get the job done. Time is the issue now and even Honda will get there provided they stick to the knitting. I am surprised that Ferrari have come out of the blocks as quickly as they have…but hugely thankful for the sake of the sport.
Looking forward to a race……not a procession. P