F1 technical wonks have been summoned by the F1 Strategy Group to bring their ideas on how to improve overtaking in Formula 1. According to an AUTOSPORT article, the group was to meet over the break but now will meet around the Belgian Grand Prix weekend.
“Recently we’ve had a directive from the Strategy Group that they want to improve the overtaking.
“It’s something we’ve not yet discussed. There was supposed to have been a meeting before the summer break, but that was postponed, and it’s now the Tuesday before Spa.
“All I can say is the design we have on the table [for 2017] is not necessarily something that would cover that.”
Now here’s the kicker for me:
“At the moment we’re still very dependent on the front of the car generating downforce for the whole car,” he said.
“The effect of that is as a car approaches the one in front it doesn’t just lose downforce from the front of the car, but the whole of the car, so maybe that’s something we will be looking at in the next meeting.
“Is that something we can do something about, or is that a function of the cars as they are? That’s what I expect to be discussing.”
Ok, so this goes back to what Paul and I have said many times, spec rear wing prevents radical front wing design as it would produce a seriously unbalanced car. Others have suggested a spec front wing and that would do the trick too and perhaps Gary Anderson is more positioned to know the overall impact of using the front instead of the rear but I’m pretty sure reducing aero is the answer and perhaps they will all get together to discuss the elephant in the room but I would be damned shocked if they did anything about it. More baubles, trinkets and constructs please.
Hat Tip: AUTOSPORT