Two extreme aerodynamic ideas introduced by Mercedes and Aston Martin this year have been banned from the 2023 F1 season.
A revolutionary concept involving the front plate of a Mercedes front wing and an Aston Martin rear wing has been made illegal by changes to F1’s technical regulations.
Although fully compliant with the wording of the rules and considered legal by the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile), the design of both teams to improve performance is a broad concept that makes the car smaller difficult to follow. The F1 paddock raised eyebrows when the two concepts were introduced, as they seemed to go against the.
Mercedes’ radical front wing end plate first appeared at the F1 Miami GP. A unique design was applied to the intersection of the flap section and the end plate. The flap was pushed forward very aggressively in the outer section and the lower rear edge of the end plate was completely severed from the flap. This was done to try to recover some of the washout that was lost under the new regulations.
Meanwhile, Aston Martin came to the fore at the F1 Hungarian Grand Prix when it introduced a rear wing design that broke one of the main intentions of the F1 2022 regulations. Its design featured a unique placement in front of the end plates, allowing the main aircraft folded up in a more traditional manner, increasing the span and downforce that could be produced.
The new F1 regulations wanted a curvilinear transition between elements, saying goodbye to the traditional end plate and wing interactions of the past. This is designed to reduce the strength of the leading vortex, limiting airflow turbulence and helping the overall goal of making it easier for cars to follow each other.
The FIA was happy to be able to use both concepts for 2022, but a formal tweak to the technical regulations for 2023 ensured that the gray areas that allowed them were cleared.
The FIA’s technical director of single seats Nicholas Tombazis said: “This year, of course, both were legal. The regulations changed in different ways, at the front and at the back, blocking those solutions.”
This was done by changing stricter rules regarding front wing flap sweeps and a more specific change in the definition of rear wing tips.
Aston Martin’s idea has now been banned, but the team’s performance director Tom McCullough has now confirmed the fact that his team have come up with something very bold amid the restrictive regulations for 2022. But I’m glad.
“The good thing about this year is the fact that we have come up with something fresh and new,” said Tom McCullough.
“The interpretation of the rules that added performance to our car was very esoteric. People couldn’t duplicate it quickly because of how complicated it was to get around several different regulations.
“So, in a way, we had a special advantage this year, because by the time we brought it to Budapest, it was quite late for people to react to realize that they were already high, and in terms of the cap on costs. I was very happy because they made me a powerful wing.”
“A lot of people have been involved in that project for a long time. It’s been going back and forth with the FIA for months, but I understand that our job is always to make the best of the regulations. And when the regulations change, we have to adapt seriously.”
Nicholas Tombazis reveals that although there is language in the rules that prohibits teams from introducing designs that have a negative impact on racing, the FIA will always go through the appropriate regulatory process to close such possibilities and he did
Article 3.2.1 of the F1 Technical Regulations states, “Article 3 has the important purpose of reducing the deterioration in aerodynamic performance due to following other cars and enabling close combat. This purpose. Competitors may be required to provide relevant information to the FIA on request to ascertain whether it is the property of the owner, protected and will not be disclosed to a third party.”
“Some of these rule changes fall into that category,” said Nicolas Tombazis, asking if the changes for 2023 were prompted by concerns that the two teams’ designs would have a negative impact on racing .
“But that clause (3.2) is not meant to say ‘if you are smart and you find a solution, we will remove it from the car as soon as possible’. Why should we intervene in the regulation?I explain how
“But we’ve still done it through governance. You don’t have the right to say, ‘I don’t like this, let’s ban it.'”
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