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No sign yet F1 cars have got worse at racing closely in 2023 – Symonds · RaceFans

Formula 1 automobiles haven’t turn into worse at following one another intently this 12 months, the sequence’ technical director Pat Symonds believes.

Some drivers have steered overtaking has turn into tougher within the second season since F1 launched closely revised laws designed to assist passing.

However Symonds informed the official F1 channel that their evaluation signifies this isn’t the case. “I’m not sure,” he stated. “Our statistics of how close the cars are following don’t appear to have changed much.

“We’ve only had two samples so far so it’s a little bit difficult to tell. But it’s certainly something that we and the FIA will keep monitoring and we’ll have a look.”

The 2022 technical laws reduce the higher floor aerodynamics of the automobiles and allowed groups to make larger use of floor impact to generate downforce and produce quick lap instances. Key areas of the automobile’s design have been tightly restricted to situation the airflow which is produced and permit different automobiles to comply with extra intently.

Symonds stated he has seen few adjustments on this 12 months’s automobiles which have altered that. “I talk to my aerodynamic colleagues in the FIA, we haven’t seen anything in the cars that really makes us think that things have fundamentally changed,” he stated.

“So at the moment, a watching brief – nothing to be terribly concerned about. I guess that we always expected the cars would evolve to be slightly worse rather than slightly better in this respect.”

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He is satisfied F1 automobiles can nonetheless comply with extra intently than they may within the last season of the earlier guidelines set. “We had such a margin between ’21 and ’22 in terms of close following capability that even if we’ve lost a little bit of it, we’re still way, way better than we would have been had we not done anything.”

Ferrari use their slot hole separators to direct airflow

A selected aim of the 2022 guidelines was to stop groups creating aerodynamic surfaces which produced an ‘out-washing’ have an effect on, directing air from the edges of the chassis, which was discovered to notably have an effect on pursuing automobiles. Symonds stated F1 anticipated that groups would attempt to recreate this impact as a lot as attainable.

“This is the way they find performance, to try and reintroduce that out-wash,” he stated. “There was a little bit of a change in the nuance of the wording of what you can do with the flap gap separators. People are using that a little bit to push things out.

“But as I said earlier, at the moment, I don’t think we’ve got any real concerns on this. I think we’ve got to keep watching it. We’ve got to make sure that nothing really goes awry.

“Just as there was a little bit of rewording on the separators also there was some rewording on the wing endplates themselves which were was designed to stop some of the out-washing that was beginning to occur in some of the vanes.

“So we’re just going to keep on these things. It’s the team’s jobs to develop their cars to get the aerodynamics better and we don’t want to stop that, all we want to do is make sure we get good racing.”

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However, Symonds admitted there may be nonetheless scope for enchancment and he expects the subsequent era of technical guidelines, at present deliberate for introduction in 2026, to additional enhance how intently automobiles can comply with.

“This work now has been passed on to the FIA, so we don’t get directly involved in determining how that that work is done and what’s done on a particular week, et cetera. But it is a balance between ensuring that there’s a good understanding of the current cars and balancing that against the quite considerable amount of work that still needs doing on the 2026 car.

“We started on the 2026 car a few years ago so it’s not as if it’s a rush to get it done, but it is quite a different configuration. It’s a much more efficient aerodynamics by using the sort of active aspect of the aerodynamics.”

He believes there may be scope to make extra progress on bettering how intently automobiles can comply with one another. “Perhaps more importantly, I think that we learned a lot of lessons from doing the 2022 car about the wake, about the effects of the wake on the cars, about what we needed to do to promote the close following.

“But it was definitely work in progress. At the point we had to release regulations and allow the guys to go out and design their cars there was still an awful lot more to do.

“A lot of that work and some of the concepts that we were working on at that time are now being incorporated into the 2026 car. So my hope is that when we release the 2026 car, we’ll actually get an even better ability for close following than we had with the ’22 car.”

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