Adrian Newey, “troubled” by the overtaking with the new rules


The new period in which you will enter the Formula 1 in this 2017 is characterized by the search of car a lot more spectacular for the enthusiast, both on a visual level as well as level of performance. With the goal of having the cars fastest of the history, the important aerodynamic improvement should lead to a significant reduction in lap times, only by the speed at which it should take several curves.

previously, , Tim Goss, technical director of McLaren, has said that the new cars will allow some curves to no longer be considered as such for the purposes of configuration and control to be able to do to fund, and Adrian Newey is one of the engineers that share that opinion. The chief technical officer of Red Bull, whose role in the team has been reduced in recent years by its own initiative, has reviewed the effect that the changes in the cars will have on the on-track competition.

To the genius technician Milton Keynes, the increased downforce will mean that many curves that are challenging to take is to do a background now, and that the resultant reduction in braking distances will have a negative effect on overtaking.

“It’s a mixture of things, feelings are found. Downforce extra is quite large, and that means that the fast corners like Copse at Silverstone, will be at the bottom now, even in the race, so some of them will simply be a twist in the line in a time of fast corners. The cars will be more physical, that is good, mainly in the muscles of the neck. The pilots are doing a lot of training this winter to have long necks, but what that means for the overtaking is a bit worrying. It means that the braking distances will be very short.

Newey has raised, therefore, one of the main issues that are discussed in the paddock, about whether Formula 1 should have a lot or very little aerodynamics. In his opinion, and despite his self-confessed fear for the future of the race, believes that Formula 1 will not only have to be fast, if you don’t have to seem so to draw the viewer in: “There is a great debate about what should be the car a lot of aerodynamic drag, possibly to the detriment of the competition, or should we remove all the spoilers, and go back to what they used to be? If you remove too much aerodynamic drag, will seem slow. If you see a tourist riding alone, it is not very exciting to watch. So cars need to be fast, because the tv has the effect of slowing it down all

Newey is aware that, unlike cars ‘high-burden’ have been used up until 2008, the current feature the device DRS, but the british has shown to be critical with the system for the perceived reduction in the difficulty of overtaking: “of course, can be solved with the DRS, but for me, an overtaking with DRS is not something memorable, it is only a solution for the cars to come forward. The overtaking that we remember are the really risky: Mark Webber passing Alonso in Eau Rouge. It was a movement very brave and well executed, but it was immediately corrected by Fernando on the following straight by having DRS”.