Summer break. Bah, I want more racing!
Out of all the drivers near the top of the championship, Webber is the one I mind losing the lead to the least. His drive in Hungary, bearing in mind how hard he was working those tyres and for how long, was top notch. Apart from a small minus by getting a worse start than Alonso off the grid, he drove faultlessly. And should he win the title, it will be with the full knowledge that his teams owner and 'motorsport consultant' didn't want him to. Although I'm sure Vettel hasn't been playing Alonso's game, the PR disaster that was the fudge after Turkey, shows where the Red Bull brand desires the title to go.
I'm a little disappointed that Martin Whitmarsh has been so vociferous in whinging about the Red Bull front wing. Yes it does flex, but it passes the same scrutineering that everyone else goes through, and is similar to the 'F-duct' in that it is a clever side stepping of the rules. Its what F1 designers do, find ways around limitations without actually breaking the rule in place. Can McLaren develop their way back to the front? The potential is undoubtedly there, but it's a worry that the head of design said they had 'No idea' of how the Red Bull's wing might be doing it's tricks. Hopefully he was just exagerating for effect.
Bing wrote:I've often wondered what F1 would be like if weren't design constraints
It would be massively expensive for a start, and you'd have to specify a few limits, just to keep everyone going in the same direction. Would you want open or enclosed wheels and cockpits, wings, maximum levels of downforce? But all the designs would eventually homogenize down to nearly identical, as the most effective designs were copied by the rest of the field. I'd expect something that looks like a more extreme version of Audi's R15. Enclosing the wheels within the bodywork, should make a generally more aerodynamic shape, then it's how you manage to generate your downforce.
Your horizons are only limited by your imagination.
In the spirit of efficiency, i'd better get back to work....