F1 » Drivers question safety and wisdom of moveable rear wing


Some of F1's most experienced campaigners - Lotus' Jarno Trulli, Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber, Renault's Robert Kubica, Williams' Rubens Barrichello and Force India's Adrian Sutil - have expressed their fears about the new driver-operated moveable rear wings for 2011

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FreddyFreeloader - Unregistered

June 25, 2010 2:14 PM

Its a fair point. A component that can be moved manually is prone to failure. A rear wing failiure at speed would be very dangerous. If you want more overtaking, why not much gripper tyres that are only good for 20 laps? Guranteed overtaking!

Homer - Unregistered

June 25, 2010 3:56 PM

Maybe I am missing something here, as I don't know exactly how these things work, but why is the F-duct banned, but this allowed?

Both appear to do much the same thing, use a button to affect airflow over rear wing in order to gain extra speed? so why is one banned and the other Ok?

Vetti - Unregistered

June 25, 2010 5:28 PM

What misery is this? Can't the FIA actually come up with something sensible?
If a certain circuit doesn't allow overtaking, it's fine. You think the drivers want to drive right behind one another? If it was possible, they'd do it. Let's leave it at that...
Over the years, from say 1990 to present, I'd say the amount of overtaking has actually come down rather drastically.
Anybody think the tinkering should be left to the engineers and the designers and not by the suit wearing people sipping coffee in an expensive conference room?

Alan D - Unregistered

June 26, 2010 12:24 PM

Homer: "Maybe I am missing something here, as I don't know exactly how these things work, but why is the F-duct banned, but this allowed?"

Mclaren invented the F duct and it was widely praised as an ingenious solution. It is controlled by the position of the driver's left knee. Then Ferrari came up with a version which involves the driver blocking the duct with the back of his glove, but this necessitated taking his hand off the steering wheel. Some people asked if this was safe and this led to a call for the banning of all these ducts on safety grounds, even the Mclaren version which is a perfectly safe knee-operated version.

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