Why F1’s latest battleground offers unlimited opportunities
As Formula 1's push to bring costs down is limiting how much teams can use their state-of-the-art windtunnel facilities, the advancement in simulation technology and its limitless possibilities could soon be the determining factor in a team's success
There was a time when the fight between Formula 1 teams to have the best facilities revolved around windtunnels. Rivals would throw vast resources at creating bigger and better tunnels in the hope that they could help unlock the aerodynamic gains to give the winning edge on track.
But, as part of F1’s push to bring costs down and stop the big budget outfits from going over the top with ever-more expensive designs, there have been more and more restrictions on their usage in recent years. Sure there is still a benefit to be had from having as best facility as you can – which is why McLaren and Aston Martin are both building their own new bespoke tunnels right now – but it’s no longer become such a big battleground of innovation.
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