then the RB8 is also faster without EBD and with a stepped nose
But the RB8 does have an EBD. And to be honest – even a homebrew CFD solution will tell you that the stepped nose is a nothing. Try it (if you have home CFD software) – you’ll find it does nothing but create a little bit of local high pressure, but that’s it.
In fact if I recall correctly they made some changes mid-season in 2011 and I recall Vettel saying those changes won’t affect the car and guess what “they did not”
I don’t follow. Which changes are you talking about? Was it supposed to be a negative or a positive change?
Now the car is doing great with DDRS.
To be honest – a large part of it has been because of DDRS. Some people would go and say “hey, DDRS is only available in qualifying – so how’d they improve the race pace?” The thing is – they’ve been able to produce further rear bodywork changes thanks to the DDRS itself, and the way it interacts with the airflow from the bodywork and the diffuser. In essence, the DDRS has helped Red Bull upgrade their car.
Statistically speaking, even Newey should have gotten some things wrong in applying all those updates
Doesn’t mean it will happen. Try flipping a coin 50 times. I’m willing to bet you won’t get 25 heads and 25 tails.
When has a chassis ever been such a good chassis in the face of so many changes?
When has a basic Newey chassis ever been bad, changes or no changes? Look at 2009 – Red Bull were the fastest car even early in the season, if you take the Brawn away from the results – fastest in Melbourne, fastest in Malaysia – fastest in China, and so on. Without a double diffuser, without any fancy exhausts. Nada.
Look at Barcelona 2009 qualifying – on the most representative of test tracks, that car was beating the nadgers off the Brawn, and only lost out due to a bad start. In Barcelona 2009, without a double diffuser, was quicker than the Brawn with the double diffuser through the quick corners.
Going back to my valedictorian analogy – just because the teacher gives you a surprise test, and changes the test format as a surprise, and they still get 100% – that doesn’t mean they were cheating. It’s certainly possible they were. But it doesn’t mean they were.
Even if you were to look back – say 2008. The car just came alive at the high speed circuits.
You know – Newey actually IS smart. He’s not just king of the loophole.