F1 » Newey: Rule change led to slow start

Adrian Newey says Red Bull was slow out of the blocks in 2012 after being forced to make a late change to its exhaust design

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January 20, 2013 6:57 PM
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rob. how do you know so much about sunny?

re your question about front wings, i doubt very much if the new test will have too much effect. the fia reckoned that the two previous attempts to test the wings would sort out the problem, but they failed. having watched cf being worked, i know that it is very possible to create varying effects. the simple fact is, that if someone manages to beat the rules, and the wing conforms to the test, then it will not be illegal.

a good analogy is something that i have come across many times. put in experts to create a fool proof system, be it in electronics such as computers, and a couple of days later, someone will have found a way to overcome it! i am sure our friend taz, will confirm that!


January 20, 2013 8:31 PM

An interesting question from Rob about the new front wing flex test which I don't and never believed it falls within the theme of my arguments on this page, namely, of (being over the line of the rules/illegal/cheating) for the simple reason that as long as a car passes the FIA set weight test the car cannot but be legal. The term flex shouldn't be used anymore as technically it developed from flex to twisting backwards and from there to oscillating up and down mimicking the effects of a mass damper, greatly effecting the tyre patch and so the temperature operating window to a near constant, the effect of the new test will depend not on the weights but entirely on where the weights are placed. It should be noted that technically speaking it is not possible to produce any part of the car with zero flex or twist.


January 20, 2013 8:44 PM

Richard, re the analogy you was talking about, it can best be compared to the constant and nonstop fight/race for ways/knowhow/technology by the law/police and the outlaw/thief, this being something that will never stop.

David Waller - Unregistered

January 20, 2013 11:29 PM

The Sydney harbour bridge flexes doesn't it. D
If the FIA can't come up with full proof wording then it's going to be open to interpretation. I always tell people F1 is a race on the drawing board and the race itself is a mere formality. But the racing the last couple of years been sensational. They must be doing something right.

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