Formula 1 – Some Positive Overtaking Signals

Two bits of information caught my eye today. The news about the beginning of the works on the Singapore F1 track and the information about teams taking some steps towards overtaking.
First a quote from Singapore Tourist Board:

The 5.05km long street circuit offers a number of overtaking opportunities, fast turns and technically challenging sections for F1 race drivers, which, in turn, will present viewers with compelling race action to keep them on the edge of their seats.


Of course nobody will try to promote a race and say it is going to be boring. But for some reason I believe that this track is genuinely being set up for overtaking action. Combination of the excitment of the street race, party atmosphere and great racing, that should be something to look forward to.

Next there was the information from Autosport. According to them, the Overtaking Working Group (OWG) met during the Hungarian GP weekend where they agreed on a new diffuser designer aimed at helping cars overtake. The design, which has already been tested in wind tunnel, could be implemented as early as in the 2009 F1 season. The teams are also set to discuss a new rear wing design. This should eliminate the problem of cars being affected when following close behind a lead car. Another change they are looking at is the banning of winglets and bargeboards. However, should they agree to outlaw these, the ban will only be introduced in 2010.

What is exciting is that these initiatives come from the teams. The OWG is chaired by McLaren engineering director Paddy Lowe, Renault director of engineering Pat Symonds and Ferrari consultant Rory Byrne. This means that the OWG ideas have a chance of getting through and we may have chance to see some proper on track racing for position in not that distant future.

Let’s hope for some more good news to come for us, fans.

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