FIA feared F1 to be too slow in 2014: back to 2012 aero specs

5,908 views

With the 2014 rules, the FIA is reportedly aiming to slow down the F1 cars by no more than five seconds per lap.

Dec.19 (GMM) F1's governing body backtracked on aerodynamic changes for the 2014 season because of fears the next generation of cars would be too slow.

After the recent World Motor Sport Council meeting in Turkey, the FIA announced that scheduled bodywork rule changes for 2014 to reduce downforce have been replaced by "2012 specification".

"There was concern that Formula One cars would become too slow," read a report by the authoritative German magazine Auto Motor und Sport.

KERS battery system on the McLaren
KERS battery system on the McLaren

Photo by: xpb.cc

One problem is that the all-new turbo V6 and energy recovery systems will add considerable weight - and more than initially expected - to the 2014 single seaters.

With the 2014 rules, the FIA is reportedly aiming to slow down the F1 cars by no more than five seconds per lap.

Any more than that, the German report claimed, runs the risk that Formula One could be genuinely outpaced by Le Mans prototype cars, or the US-based Indycars.

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series F1
Article type Rumor
Tags 2014, fia, v6

User photos

akazoinho
F1

akazoinho

4 photos
Tim Holmes
F1

Tim Holmes

25 photos
EuroRacer
F1

EuroRacer

38 photos
Evan_DeCiren
F1

Evan_DeCiren

27 photos
jimmykwoods
F1

jimmykwoods

2 photos
nickmossdesign
F1

nickmossdesign

1 photos
EricDebris
F1

EricDebris

411 photos
hanmerdesign
F1

hanmerdesign

7 photos
Upload photo