Massa’s old diffuser better than Alonso’s new one in Austin
20 November, 2012
Nov.20 (GMM) As was speculated before Formula One arrived in Austin last week, the latest development updates for Fernando Alonso’s title-contending F2012 did not work and in fact Felipe Massa’s older spec car was more effective.
New pieces, including a new diffuser, were tried in a straight line test at the Idiada facility in Spain, prior to the US Grand Prix.
It was rumoured immediately afterwards that the real-world data did not match up with what had been produced in the wind tunnel.
Still, the new diffuser was fitted to Spaniard Alonso’s F2012 in Austin, before he was roundly out-performed by teammate Massa all weekend.
“Yes, indeed, Felipe Massa had the old diffuser and it worked better,” former Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari told the Spanish sports daily AS.
Brazilian Massa confirmed to Marca newspaper: “Everything was the same except the diffuser.
“I had it available, but I decided I’d be better with the old one. That was the only difference.”
Alonso said simply, “It’s not always the case that the latest part is the best choice.”
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