F1 likely to ban wheel fairings in 2010

Formula one is looking to ban wheel fairings for 2010, Williams' technical director Sam Michael revealed at the Nurburgring. With efforts to alter the cars to improve the likelihood of overtaking drawing a mixed analysis so far, the Australian...

Formula one is looking to ban wheel fairings for 2010, Williams' technical director Sam Michael revealed at the Nurburgring.

With efforts to alter the cars to improve the likelihood of overtaking drawing a mixed analysis so far, the Australian boffin said recent studies have shown wheel covers are proving problematic.

"One of the things that have been discussed for next year is to remove wheel fairings and not have static or rotating wheel fairings," Michael said.

He said Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) studies in recent months showed the wheel appendages have "quite an adverse effect on the following car".

However, Michael said banning the covers will not be a silver bullet.

"It is the sort of thing where you need to find three or four little things like that and that will add up to a difference," he said, "so I think it is going in the right direction but it just needs more."

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