I guess because the F1 teams are in launch mode at the moment, I've found myself poring over the rules for the forthcoming season and, the more I read of them, the more I feel we could be in for a very interesting season.

F1 On the design side it's almost back to the drawing board, raising the possibility of a smaller team out-thinking bigger budget rivals at the conceptual stage and carrying an advantage throughout the test-free season.

In the cockpit, not only will drivers have to cope with already rather demanding task of driving an F1 car flat out, they'll also have to judge where, when and how much of their 6.7second, 80bhp KERS boost to use around each lap, while also figuring out how to make the most of their twice a lap chance to change the angle of the front wing. If it's true that men are useless at multi-tasking, they could all be in big trouble.

But in theory the reduced downforce and increased mechanical grip of the slicks should make cars much more watchable and overtaking much more frequent. In theory. Clearly there are any number of slips that can occur on the journey from rulebook to drawing board and onto the race track and the one that worries me most is the new, full width front wing.

It's there to stop a car losing front downforce while following another through a corner so it should be easier to overtake on the straight beyond, but to me it looks incredibly vulnerable.

F1002 In the past when the front wing was inset by several inches each side, cars could drive side by side, even banging side pods without either losing its nose. In certain situations, particularly during first corner battles, the ability for cars to be able to do this has resulted in often the best viewing moments of any Grand Prix.

Now the smallest error of judgement may result in one or other driver needing a new nose, and the loss of any chance of a decent result. Perhaps such errors deserve to be punished, but if this wing encourages defensive driving and removes even part of the incentive for drivers to overtake or go for a gap, it will do more harm than good.

 

 

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