F1 » Lowe: Moveable wing will be a success

Paddy Lowe confident that the introduction of moveable wing will be a success in F1 in 2011

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Robbo - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 11:53 AM

This is probably a dumb question, but why do they need to dictate when a driver can use it? Why not just have it as an option for the driver and his team to use as they see fit? I am somewhat technically challenged, so please no abuse.

Val - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 12:09 PM


Otherwise one car's proximity wing would cancel out the other car's wing, rendering the whole concept pointless, and probably would lead to more spread out and processional races.

Manxie - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 12:15 PM

I'm also at a loss as to how this 'rear wing spectacle' is going to improve racing/overtaking.

The fact that the drivers are only allowed to make use of this device when chasing, at certain points etc. will cause havoc and confusion, possibly leading to irregular fines and punishments.

Again, i'm NO expert but can see the future :) LOL

Alan D - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 12:25 PM

Manxie, we might get more overtaking but it will be contrived. It seems to me (and I may be wrong) that if you are closely following another car and on a designated part of the circuit, then you are allowed to use your wing adjuster to go faster but the car ahead is not. So we'll probably get races won not by the best car and driver, but by the one who worked out the best strategy for using the wing on the last lap. I guess we could also have a case where two Mclarens, for the sake of example, are leading the race and can take it in turns passing each other uncontested so that they are making the max possible use of the adjustable wing and keeping well ahead of the drivers behind.

hawth - Unregistered

January 18, 2011 1:22 PM

i agree that it seems like F1 is not rewarding talent but just the appropriate use of technology.(not new i know!) Especially given Mclaren have a head start on KERS mark 2. Plus KERS cars must be able to counter a rear wing advantage by boosting into a rear wing zone and therefore make the whole thing pointless?
i know this is meant to make the racing more attactive but as the post war racers showed a big engine, skinny tires and low aero is just as much fun (if not the commercial enterprise F1 now is). Goodwood historical racing is more exciting and shows off driver talent.


January 18, 2011 1:53 PM

alan. yes the passing will be very contrived. basically it seems as if the fia want all cars to be equal, but will provide a very narrow slot in which a faster driver can pass a slower driver. the main problem is not being addressed. that is, the turbulent air behind the leading car, that destroys the following cars aero. it would be far better to reduce the turbulence, by restricting aero mods on all cars. then the faster driver would have no problem when he got near a slower car.

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