FORMULA 1 SPEEDS
Because overtaking is driven by DRS and
tire limitation, our simulation suggests
that within these constraints, the changes
will increase the number of overtaking
maneuvers by around five percent.”
So, really, Boullier’s only disagreeing
needed, and drivers will need to push up
to the limits rather than pulling back from
their natural inclination. It should work
more in Hamilton’s favor than his Mercedes
teammate Nico Rosberg’s, for example. It
may help Sebastian Vettel, might hurt
Sergio Perez, making his ability to nurse
the rubber count for less.
Brembo estimates a 30 percent increase
in energy dissipation required under
braking, mainly from the greater weight.
This changes braking and throttle
technique and Hamilton’s super-aggressive
braking will be well suited to this. But the
fast guys will still be the fast guys.
HAS FORMULA 1 ANSWERED THE
Did F1 need the cars to be faster? Or did it
need them to race closer and sound
louder? It’s easier to make them faster than
to solve the real problems. But watching
better-looking, faster cars may distract us
for a while – and the single biggest
improvement will be if Pirelli meets its brief
and allows hard driving, rather than clever
strategies, to be the main differentiator.
But, as things stand, has F1 answered
the wrong question? Yes.
was tasked with
new engine partner
Honda, when he
joined as racing
director in 2014.
Red Bull and, on occasion, Ferrari have
been closing the gap a little on Mercedes
(ABOVE) in 2016. Will the ’ 17 aero and
tire changes help or hinder their pursuit?
As Formula 1’s
there is little in the
sport that Bernie
doesn’t have direct
control or some
over. His edict to
“sex up” the show
was the catalyst
for 2017’s raft of
tech rule changes.
MIGHT IT CHANGE FORMULA 1’S
It could. Mercedes was reporting less drag
in its initial simulations than Red Bull. But
it probably won’t. More downforce equals
more drag, equals increased importance
of horsepower. It will increase the gap
between the front and back (not good).
It will probably catch out Ferrari, which for
the last few years has been deficient in the
Will it change the driver hierarchy?
Probably slightly, yes. It will be more
physical, greater aggression will be
“Just one look at those
ridiculously complex front
wings tells you why they
need DRS to overtake”
with Hamilton by five percent...
The front wings, though greater in
span, essentially remain unchanged.
“Just one look at those ridiculously
complex front wings tells you why they
need DRS [Drag Reduction System] to
overtake,” observes ex-F1 driver and now
TV commentator Martin Brundle. “They
are incredible works of art, but what do
you think they do when you put them in
turbulent air? Until we massively simplify
the front wings and start deriving the
downforce from the underbody, we are
never going to tackle this problem.”