Ignorant American F1

Phil Bruznic
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  • Ben Tullett
    you didn't fancy reviewing Le Mans 24hours then
    Grizzly Adams
    Fancy, yes. But it's a little beyond my ability at the moment. Maybe next year :)
    Grizzly Adams
    Hey everyone, my review of the French Grand Prix is up! Includes a picture of a delicious Mexican pastry, and one of my favorite moments from the whole season so far. @tribe
    Karim Loucif
    Rob Burnett
    Hey man - I'll have a read!
    Any thoughts about the current silly and no silly season?
    Matthew N-B
    Matthew N-B
    Matthew N-B | DriveTribe
    Explained: Why is F1 changing the front wings for 2019? Although 2018 has been thus far the closest most enthralling title battle, both in the constructors and drivers championship, in the new hybrid era with the renaissance of Ferrari there remains one outstanding issue with the current cars. They can’t follow each other closely and overtake unless the two cars have a significant pace difference or on straights when a driver cannot really defend leading to many ‘boring’ races. This has been evident in tracks such as Monaco (yes, Monaco has always been like this but still the Red Bull of Max Verstappen struggled to make his way through the pack in a car which got pole) where there was 4 on-track overtakes and Canada where there was only a few on-track overtakes (a track notorious for its overtaking abilities). However on tracks such as Monza, Baku and China where the toe allows drivers to attack from further back where turbulence is not as strong or effective we have seen great races with lots of on track overtakes. It’s clear to see then that the aerodynamic sensitivities of the Formula 1 cars is reducing the number of enthralling races All racing cars produce a wake of turbulence (dirty air) due to the air that passes over aerodynamic sections of the cars. This wake can helps cars slipstream one another, punching a hole in the air, but it also hampers the air quality passing over the following car reducing the efficiency of the cooling systems and aerodynamics henceforth a reduction in downforce . In F1 cars the amount of turbulence produced is quite significant. Consequently overtakes have to occur relatively fast otherwise the following car will lose tyre and brake temperatures and a will gain a substantial amount of downforce which reduces the cars speed. The new front wings however are far more simplistic than the current crop being wider (1800mm to 2000mm) increasing downforce potential but most crucially this will limit the outwash effect which is used by teams to deliberately reduce a cars overtaking potential. This will produce less turbulence theoretically increasing overtaking potential, decreasing the rate of which a following cars speed is affected, and decreasing the rate of brake and tyre temperatures decrease. All great news, right? As promising this may seem let’s not get too carried away. In the past when cars have ‘standardised parts’ teams have always found a way to manipulate the functionality of it to suit their packaging, what’s to say that a team won’t utilises this loophole? After all this is racing and teams will do everything possible to win even if that means making races ‘boring’.
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