Originally Posted by Corinator
Remember the GTO series here in America? Audi entered their Audi 90 IMSA GTO into the series and was very successful. But it is important to also note the fact that the Audi mainly excelled on tight curvy tracks and tracks where traction was low due to bad asphalt, rain, or high heat. The Audi team would win impressive 1-2 finishes by large margins under those conditions, but on several occasions the Audis would get brutally raped by the RWD American competitors.
What does this have to do with anything? It helps illustrate what happens when AWD is introduced into various on road racing series. Audi also was the first to introduce this technology into the rally racing championships. They consistently lost out to RWD cars like the Lancia Stratos or Porsches on the tarmac stages, but excelled under low traction. If traction is good RWD is superior due to lighter weight, less drivetrain drag, and the fact that it has a tendency to oversteer. AWD is great for assisting a driver maintain control and drive on low traction surfaces, but an AWD system is always plagued by the natural tendency to understeer which is something you don't want in a Formula 1 car that can pull 9 G-forces in a tight turn.
F1 cars average about 3.5g in heavy cornering and MAX out at around 5gs during heavy breaking... where the **** did you get 9gs from.