FIA: Moveable Parts Will Increase Show in Formula 1

FIA are likely to discuss the possibility of introducing “moveable aerodynamic devices” into the sport of Formula 1 during their meeting with the FOTA representatives later today. As shown in the letter addressed to FOTA's CEO Luca di Montezemolo by president Max Mosley, this change would be allowed in order to further increase the show in the upcoming years.

“The main complaint from race fans is the lack of overtaking and wheel-to-wheel racing. Changes to the aerodynamics rules have been proposed by a group of top experts from the teams and will take effect in 2009. It remains to be seen whether these plus an extra 80 bhp from KERS will help overtaking,” said the letter from Mosley.

“We intend to seek FOTA's help to investigate the use of moveable aerodynamic devices. If sufficiently radical, these could give a car following another car a performance advantage by virtue of being behind. In a primitive way, this was the case in the 1960s, when a car would get a "tow" and lose lift and thus be faster in the wake of another car.”

“The result was wheel-to-wheel racing at the so-called slip-streaming circuits, for example pre-chicane Monza. Using modern technology, moveable aero devices could be used to give a car more downforce and less drag whenever it was in turbulent air.( This would produce wheel-to-wheel racing on all types of circuit. It would, however, require significant (possibly automatic) moveable aero devices.”

Mosley insisted that bringing some technological updates such as the moveable aerodynamic devices would benefit the sport more than introducing the controversial medal system or changing the qualifying format.

“There are also proposals for changes to the sporting regulations such as wholly or partially reversed grids, allocating leading grid places by lot, giving the World Championship to the driver with most wins and so on. Arguably, however, none of these deals with the problem that once the faster car gets past, it tends to drive away. So none of these proposals is conducive to close, wheel-to-wheel racing.”
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