Formula 1 25 Oct 2005 08:36 am

FIA unveils radical wing concept

The FIA (Federation International de l’Automobile), motorsport’s world governing body, has released a proposal to increase the ease of overtaking in Formula 1. The proposed Centreline Downwash Generating (CDG) rear wing detailed here looks radically different from what we are used to, and is supposed to provide cleaner air onto the front wing of a car closely following behind another. The idea is that the following car doesn’t suffer the grip reduction that currently inhibits its ability to overtake.

Sounds like a great idea to me.

Better still, the FIA is pushing to introduce the new CDG rear wing for 2007, rather than 2008 (when even more changes are planned).

In other news, 2006 will see a new (and hopefully more interesting and fairer) qualifying system, and a return to mid-race tyre changes. See here for more details.

This latter change should be welcome news for my beloved WilliamsF1 team, which is moving to Bridgestone tyres for 2006. Bridgestone suffered greatly under the one-tyre-per-race rule in 2005, and can be expected to be more competitive in 2006.

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