F1 » Whitmarsh: 'Experiment' adjustable rear wing safe – and worth a go

Formula One Teams' Association (FOTA) Chairman Martin Whitmarsh has defended the new driver-adjustable rear wing for 2011 as 'a bit of an experiment' and 'fair, simple and safe' - and insists if it doesn't work, 'it's easy to take off'

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July 02, 2010 5:10 PM
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@Sunny, Right! This is insane! The FIA cease to amaze me. If they want to do this "then fine". But leave it up to the driver no matter what their position or relative position to the car in front. If this is their(the FIA's) way of trying to improve the overtaking situation, then they need to take a good hard look at who is working there. Foolish is what it is! :? Ed


July 02, 2010 5:20 PM

Shades of Jim Hall and his Can Am car in the late sixties For one race at Watkins Glen he added a snow blower motor and a fan in the back, added Lexan skirts to create a vacuum effect to hold the car to the road. Worked too, with Jackie Steward blowing off Bruce McLaren in convincing style. So let's have "innovation" if 50 years later.

Calvin _

July 02, 2010 5:23 PM

This is what happens when people with little actual knowledge (FIA) listen to people with an agenda or with less knowledge, and make it the regulations. I thought we'd be over this when MM left, but I guess not.


July 02, 2010 5:28 PM
Last Edited 2046 days ago

@Aeolus, Someone is showing their age :p :D

Those were unbelievable days! So were the old Indy car days when F1 drivers brought their cars there to compete as well. Too much of this political correctness. Run what ya brung works for me! This will create the interest that was once there. :) Ed

skally - Unregistered

July 02, 2010 5:47 PM

As I understand it moveable aerodynamic components were banned originally after several mechanical and structural failures leaving drivers with no downforce in high speed corners, how does reinventing this junk idea add to the safety of the sport at a time when corner speeds have never been so high, this is a bad idea that will compromise safety in an attempt to reinvigerate a sport that is a meer shadow of its former standing.


July 02, 2010 5:52 PM


"This will create the interest that was once there."

Exactly. Lotus/Ford Fairlane against Offenhauser powered
"roadsters" Epic confrontation and 1/2 mil. fans in the bleachers. Now only the color scheme is different. I find it hard to watch F-1 any more beginning to end.


July 02, 2010 6:08 PM
Last Edited 2046 days ago

@aeolus, I watch F1 because it is as close as we will get (outside of Le Mans) to the old days. They(the politically correct crowd) have, in my opinion, ruined Nascar and Indy car racing because of their rules. Dont give up, hold the faith, give it a chance(when it comes to F1). Lets hope that the "powers that be", understand that they are close to falling into the same trap that the previously mentioned series have fallen into. LOL Ed :)

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