One of the side effects most feared of the new single-seaters of Formula 1, much more aerodynamic than they have been in the past eight years, is the alleged more difficult to overtake, following the huge improvement in the performance of the cars, especially in the cornering. In addition, and despite the increase in the drag generated by the cars, there are also fears that the turmoil will make it difficult to follow closely to another vehicle.
however, the top dogs of the technical section of Red Bull, one of the top teams of the grid in which aerodynamics is concerned, contrary to the opinion of many key figures of the category, and consider the changes not only would impede the overtaking manoeuvres, if not that even would provide them, of a quite different opinion of that has Adrian Newey.
Pierre Waché, chief engineer of performance, and believes that the next Formula 1 “is more like a muscle car”, is of the opinion that “one of the aspects of having a car more width is that it can be argued that overtaking will be more difficult. Anyway, due to the aerodynamic effect, and the greater effect of drag, when you spend more time on the straights there will be more opportunities to advance in this type of conditions than in previous years”.
The opinion of Waché is shared by Dan Fallows, the chief of aerodynamics, which emphasizes the factor, slipstream, and considers that “how much more aerodynamics to produce the cars, the more it is affected by other cars in terms of drag. Could be that the cars are able to roll closer to the other car to use the slipstream on the straight, so overtaking would be even more simple in that sense”.
Another aspect to keep in mind is the fact that you have tires more durable, which will allow to tighten more and more closely follow a car without the worry of overheating. In this sense, the chief engineer of the car, Paul Monaghan, points “the own tires, if they are more durable than in previous generations, they will change the racing, and not necessarily for the worse; I think for the better. Potentially, we will have more overtaking“.