A number of costumes faced problems during the first two days of the competition in Barcelona, Spain with the consequences of a “fight” – when the car bounces up and down on its suspension after gaining some speed on the straight.
Steaming was common in the previous epoch of the soil effect in Formula 1, and it is caused by the compressive force under the floor that sucked the car more and more downwards as it accelerated in a straight line – before airflow suddenly stopped due to pressure changes air or the floor crashed into the ground.
As soon as this happens, the machine suddenly loses extra clamping force, and the machine briefly rises up again before it starts to suck again to start the cycle again.
In addition to the fact that the defeat is inconvenient for drivers, it can also be a serious problem in cornering at high speeds if it hits and the car suddenly loses clamping force.
A number of cars have been affected by this problem, and Binot suggests this is what several teams expected after working on the CFD and in the wind tunnels.
“I think most of us at least underestimated the problem in terms [being] on the track and bounces more than expected, ”Binota told Motorsport.com about the problem.
“When you put these cars on the ground [effect] floor, the situation is different. It’s a learning process. “
Binota said getting rid of guinea pigs completely was a relatively easy task, as it could be done simply by raising the height.
However, the situation is complicated by the fact that teams know that running as close to the ground as possible can achieve a good increase in performance, which makes them prone to the problem of return
“I think the solution can be pretty simple,” Binota said. “By optimizing performance because it shouldn’t be a compromise, you should try to avoid jumps while getting the most out of the car’s performance. But it can be a less easy exercise.
“I am sure that at some stage the team will come to a decision. How long will it take? Those who get there earlier will have an advantage at the beginning of the season. “
The guinea pig problem is considered to be one of the key problems that hurts Alpha RomeoPrepare for the test, and on Thursday it is again limited.
The boss of the Swiss team Fred Wasser hoped that a solution could be found before the next test in Bahrain, as he supported Binot’s opinion that a solution to the problem could reveal a good increase in time on the wheel.
“Some elements are not easy to evaluate in a wind tunnel and simulator, and we all face the same problem,” he said.
“Solving a problem is not the biggest problem, but then being effective will be key. How fast the team reacts will be the key to the first races. “