The coming week will be decisive in the construction of the future Formula 1. The teams and the Strategy Group will meet to approve final, and add the appropriate changes, to the regulation which will enter into force in 2017, and we plan on a drastic change in the performance of some cars, that would be five seconds faster.
Between the teams, the two positions most found today correspond to Mercedes and Red Bull, the champions of the two key factors of the Formula 1: the power and the aerodynamics, respectively. The first are the champions indisputable of the last two seasons, and wish that the regulation remains the same, relying on the stability helps that the races are better and the overall performance, more consistent.
These are the arguments that has been put forward Toto Wolff, team boss of Mercedes, to oppose these changes, adding that the increase in aerodynamics will be detrimental to overtaking:
“In my opinion, no no proposition compelling in this new regulation. Maybe say this to go against us, because we do not have the advantage that we had last year, but the races are great and will be even better if we leave the rules in peace. Even if, for the holder of the commercial rights, it’s uncomfortable that we have won so many races and two championships, the more time you keep the rules stable, the more it evens out the performance between all. And that is exactly what is happening now.
The engines are converging. The teams are converging. The gains we are making are smaller, as the curve (progression) is flattened, and others are taking big steps. So I think that we are taking an ideal situation. We have three big races in a row. But, whatwe are able to react fast enough and acknowledge it, and keep the rules that seems to be good now? I don’t know”.
Vamos to change it. Some other, or us, is going to dominate the championship next year because it is in the regulation, and it all starts from the beginning. There will be more downforce, that you will not see more than that in the lap times, and less overtaking, because the wake will be much more extreme…”
On the opposite side of the scale, Red Bull: the team that won 4 consecutive championships between 2010 and 2013, and one of the more difficulties it has had to adapt to a regulation that put an emphasis on the development of the engine. Christian Horner is convinced that the changes will help to alter the established order, and not believe, at least publicly, that Mercedes will try to protect their position of privilege:
“I Think that the change will be positive. Will the cars be more dramatic, and more difficult to handle for the pilots. Not from zero, but this is a significant change, and that might shuffle the order a bit. Although the races have been good this year, I think that would not be a bad thing.
Maybe (in a Mercedes) will do better than all the others, but when there is a change of rules significant, alters the order. Inevitably the big teams are in head faster than others. It will be the first change regulation, significant that Mercedes will be dealt with in its current state, but it is a challenge for all”.