F1 » Drivers divided over new rear wing

The adjustable rear wing has not found universal approval among F1 drivers following the opening days of testing in Valencia and Jerez.

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FooAtari .

February 17, 2011 12:01 PM

Wide track
Fatter slicks
Less areo dependency
Ground effect
Steel brakes

Then you will see real passing (as opposed to artificial) and the drivers really wrestling with cars. I don't see whats so hard about all this, and why the need for these gimmicks.

MikeG - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 12:49 PM

What if the proximity sensor ( or however they do it ) is faulty and determines that you are always within 1 second of another car. Do you then automatically just win the race or would you be disqualified ?

Taz - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 1:08 PM

Agree with FooAtari.

It is artifical manipulation of the race really, won't be long until they start simulating rain storms to spice things up.

Kers sucks.

Ben M - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 1:11 PM

Less aero dependency would solve this overtaking "issue" and stop the FIA inventing new gimmicks to increase the overtaking. As it is, we could be looking at a lot more Webber/Kovy style accidents in 2011.

Slo - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 1:25 PM

Yes, less down force, single elements wings, steel brakes, flat floors from front to rear axels, no difuser at all. So simple, obvious and cheap. Then new engine formula open for new configuration and tecnologys. Wait, it looks so much like the good old F1 from 70s and 80s.

LoftyPRS - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 2:00 PM

Stop messin about ! They're cars not aircraft. Thousands attend drag races, air races, Goodwood, hill climbs, time trials and etc. Non of which pass anybody or anything. Next they'll be clipping the wings off Paul Bonommes' plane, putting rear view mirrors on it and racing with it!.. All in aid of some false mechanical attempt to make a pass, the thin cream of drivers at the top will figure it out or fail.


February 17, 2011 2:38 PM

foo. i used to champion steel brakes as being one of the answers, until i realised that hrt used steels for the first part of last year. mind you, they didnt need to pass anyone, or slow down much!
but what is interesting about the reliance on aero, is the fact that this year, there seems to be a wide disparity between what each team sees as the solution. forward exhausts, blown floors, blown beam wings, etc. it mighnt help passing , but the result will be interesting to see.

Mark _

February 17, 2011 3:11 PM

Foo - wide tracks are not the answer. Narrow tracks are more punishing of driver errors. Spa and Suzuka are typically mentioned as the best tracks and they are very narrow tracks.


February 17, 2011 3:31 PM

Gimicks notwithstanding, there will always be drivers and chauffeurs on the tracks at F1 races. Most F1 shoes are drivers who determine where and when to pass and will do so given even a slight advantage. Chauffers will follow the car ahead at a safe distance. Even the casual fan can differentiate the two. Gimicks cannot transform chauffers into drivers. It has generally been this way in most forms of motorsports.

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