As of today, four more weeks to go before the start of the first 2010 F1 race in Bahrain on the 4th of March. Two of the four new teams, Virgin and Lotus, are testing their cars in Jerez this week. This left two more teams, USF1 and Campos, to show up with their cars. Of these two teams, one team seems unlikely to make the grid while the other might probably will albeit in another form. On another note, there is one more team, Stefan, waiting by the side ready to jump in. Hopefully all is well.
I have been following F1 for quite a while now. Now I have a team to root for. Go Lotus go, smoke em. Also, I will be watching in earnest, the other new team, Virgin. They have decided to do away with wind tunnel and rely solely on Computation Fluid Dynamic or CFD. To those who have not heard of it, CFD basically is a simulation program.
I do not know much about wind tunnel but I do know computer. While having huge computational power helps in shortening the computing time, it is the CFD program that matters. To produce a good and accurate simulation in aerodynamic, first, the programmer must have detailed knowledge in aerodynamic. The resulting CFD program will then at the very best, be equalled to his knowledge. Second, the coding of the program with all the algorithms must be accurate and no bug. Third and last, the person that is using the program. He/she must know what he/she is doing very well. These are the basic limits to a good and accurate CFD approach in designing F1 car in my opinion. As we know Rome was not built in a day so too are CFD programs. As time goes by, it will only be getting better and better. Just look at the aeroplane today and compare it to the one built by the Wright Brothers. Whether CFD only approach is right or wrong, we will know it at the end of the year.