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The FOTA take on the adjustable rear wing debate

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The FOTA take on the adjustable rear wing debate
Mar 17, 2011, 3:14 PM

Following on from the FIA take on the Drag Reduction System, ahead of its racing introduction next week and the point of view of the fans, FOTA hav...

Following on from the FIA take on the Drag Reduction System, ahead of its racing introduction next week and the point of view of the fans, FOTA have been looking with interest at the debate here on the site over the last 24 hours. One source within FOTA made the following point to me this morning, which I wanted to post as part of the ongoing discussion,

"The introduction of the moveable rear wing (Drag Reduction System - DRS) should be at least given a chance. Using an extreme logic, everything on a car could be considered to be “artificial”.

"The effort that resulted in the introduction of the DRS followed requests from a very wide audience to increase overtaking opportunities, however it is meant not to make overtaking “too easy” since it still requires the skills of the drivers to be close to the car in front at the right time/place and it doesn’t alter dramatically the balance (cars performance factors, tyres, KERS and pure racing abilities will continue to play a relevant role as well).

"The Teams, together with the FIA, have an “experimental” approach to this technology. If it works well, fine; if it doesn’t it, will be easy to adjust or to reconsider its usage."

This last line gives an indication that the teams are quite open minded on DRS. If it doesn't work or is massively unpopular, then it sounds like they won't necessarily cling to it. As I understand it, DRS isn't yet a firm part of the 2013 rules package.

Thanks to all the fans for such an interesting discussion. We will find out more how the system works over the first few races.
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