IF I HAD MY WAY...
We know roughly what’s coming for Formula 1 in 2014 (see previous pages) so we asked
ex-F1 designer and technical consultant Gary Anderson what he thought. His verdict? Some
of the new regs go too far, others could be much more radical. So, after Gary had quickly
sketched his basic plan for us (freehand – what a dude!), we decided we had to know more.
For some reason everyone seems to think that Formula 1 needs a completely new set of technical regulations for 2014; I don’t agree with this. Yes, we need to dot the I’s
and cross the T’s. But if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, otherwise
we’ll have the same mess we had when the regulations last
had a major overhaul in 2009. The gray areas created back then
were responsible for allowing double di;users, F-duct rear
wings and exhaust-blown di;users.
I think we could have plenty of genuine overtaking without
the need for something as artificial as a DRS [Drag Reduction
System] rear wing. With a few relatively small tweaks, we
could have a downforce reduction of around 35 percent for a
similar drag level – at a stroke. The aerodynamics will be more
robust and less a;ected by turbulence.
Before looking in detail at the specific
aerodynamic tweaks, I would also specify
● Leave the engines as they are. They sound
great, they’re reliable, they give good
power, and regulation stability has made
them cost e;ective. Development of new
turbo engines will be hugely expensive.
● A maximum of four forward gears.
That way, the driver would pay a bigger
price when he made a mistake, as the
engine would have to spend more time
laboring in a recovery phase.
● Abolish seamless-shift gearchange.