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What F1 can learn from IndyCar's downforce U-turn

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What F1 can learn from IndyCar's downforce U-turn
By: Tom Errington
Apr 20, 2018, 11:19 AM

As Formula 1 assesses what it needs to change to improve racing for its 2021 rules revolution, America's premier single-seater series is an important study in careful car design.

Formula 1 is in a period of soul-searching over its future - not only ahead of the start of its next rules cycle in 2021, but also as it comes to realise that the wider, faster '17 generation of cars may have been a mistake due to difficulties when it comes to overtaking.

That light bulb moment, which took longer than it should have to arrive, will likely draw a smile from across the Atlantic after comparisons to IndyCar's dramatic U-turn on downforce-laden cars, which ended up creating a long-awaited revival.

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Series Formula 1
Author Tom Errington
Article type Analysis