F1 »

Kubica: Wings could go flying Down Under...

Robert Kubica has predicted that the start of the 2009 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne could be carnage in the light of the new wings being considered for introduction into the top flight next year.

The new-look 'interim' 2008/09 Formula 1 cars took to the track in testing around Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya last week, and their appearance has prompted much reaction, not a great deal of it positive [see separate story – click here].

The ultra-wide front wings and high and narrow rear ones are far from the most aesthetically pleasing, but are part of the FIA's drive to drastically change the aerodynamic make-up of the cars in a bid to improve the action. Kubica fears that more overtaking is not the only thing spectators may see when all 20 drivers hit the track in anger Down Under.

“It is too wide,” the BMW-Sauber star told Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, explaining that it will not take much for the wings to break should they come into contact with the wheel of another car during the fraught start of the grand prix.

“I am curious to see how many (wings) will be flying at the first race in Australia.”

The Pole did, however, have one positive thing to say about the new design, quipping: “It looks better from inside the cockpit!”


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Robert Kubica - BMW Sauber F1.08B [Pic credit: BMW Motorsport]
Williams Martini Racing FW40
Antonio Giovinazzi - Sauber F1 Team
McLaren - Honda MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
McLaren MCL32
Ferrari SF70H
Ferrari SF70H
The Ferrari SF70H - Scuderia Ferrari
Ferrari SF70H
Front suspension Mercedes Petronas AMG F1 W08. 
23.02.2017.
Mercedes AMG F1 W08 rear wing.
23.02.2017.
Mercedes AMG F1 W08 rear suspension.
23.02.2017.
Mercedes AMG F1 W08 rear wing.
23.02.2017.
Mercedes AMG F1 W08 front wing.
23.02.2017.

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Adrian Arnold

November 26, 2008 5:56 AM

Perhaps they need to add yet another rule that states the wings must not measure any wider then so many mm beyond the front tyre when pointing straight... but then nowdays its seems that they are trying to fix the sport by making new rules and regs every year.



© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.