Formula 1
Formula 1
24 Oct
-
27 Oct
Event finished
01 Nov
-
03 Nov
Event finished
14 Nov
-
17 Nov
Event finished
28 Nov
-
01 Dec
Event finished
R
Australian GP
12 Mar
-
15 Mar
Next event in
89 days
19 Mar
-
22 Mar
Next event in
96 days
R
Vietnamese GP
02 Apr
-
05 Apr
Next event in
110 days
16 Apr
-
19 Apr
Next event in
124 days
30 Apr
-
03 May
Next event in
138 days
07 May
-
10 May
Next event in
145 days
21 May
-
24 May
Next event in
159 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
Next event in
173 days
11 Jun
-
14 Jun
Next event in
180 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
Next event in
194 days
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
Next event in
201 days
16 Jul
-
19 Jul
Next event in
215 days
R
Hungarian GP
30 Jul
-
02 Aug
Next event in
229 days
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
Next event in
257 days
03 Sep
-
06 Sep
Next event in
264 days
R
Singapore GP
17 Sep
-
20 Sep
Next event in
278 days
24 Sep
-
27 Sep
Next event in
285 days
08 Oct
-
11 Oct
Next event in
299 days
R
United States GP
22 Oct
-
25 Oct
Next event in
313 days
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
Next event in
320 days
R
Brazilian GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
Next event in
334 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
26 Nov
-
29 Nov
Next event in
348 days

Slashing downforce could leave F1 "no better off" - Symonds

shares
comments
Slashing downforce could leave F1 "no better off" - Symonds
By:
Jan 12, 2019, 3:14 PM

Formula 1 technical expert Pat Symonds has warned it would be “all too easy” for rulemakers to slash downforce levels and fail to improve racing.

As F1 evaluates ways to create a better spectacle following criticism that cars are too downforce-dependent and overtaking is too difficult, Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost suggested downforce levels should be cut by “at least 40-50%”.

He argued that only the drivers benefit from the current generation of cars that have immensely high cornering speeds.

Countering Tost’s suggestion at the Autosport International Show, title-winning technical boss-turned-F1 employee Symonds said removing downforce is “certainly doable” but a misguided solution.

“Often when you’re trying to get your head around an argument you should take it to an extreme and see what answer you get,” he acknowledged.

“If you go to the extreme of having no downforce, you’d say well that’s got to be better because you can’t lose something that isn’t there.

“So there’s some logic in the argument.

“However, it’s much more complex than that. You could produce a car with half the downforce of a current Formula 1 car but with much, much worse weight characteristics.

“It would be all too easy to do. Then you’d be no better off than you are now.”

Tost’s point was that reducing downforce levels would make it easier for cars to follow, harder to drive through the corners and increase braking distances to promote overtaking.

Symonds agrees that high levels of downforce were negative, and also lamented the lack of entertainment inspired by the emergence of the teams’ tactic of running much slower than is possible during races to complete a one-stop strategy.

“I want the cars to be quick, but I want them to be spectacular,” said Symonds, who is overseeing several projects with F1, one of which is to fundamentally improve overtaking for 2021.

“If they are really nailed to the ground I don’t think they are particularly spectacular.

“A rally car is spectacular. That’s something where you see the thing is absolutely on the edge of stability, it looks difficult to drive, it is difficult to drive.

“A Formula 1 car doesn’t always look too difficult to drive. Particularly at the moment where we’ve got the teams are strategically running at below the maximum performance to reduce the number of pitstops they do.

“Then the cars looking anything but spectacular.”

From the editor, also read:

Next article
Redundancy plans will be "major distraction" for top F1 teams

Previous article

Redundancy plans will be "major distraction" for top F1 teams

Next article

Verstappen: Day of public service with stewards was “constructive”

Verstappen: Day of public service with stewards was “constructive”
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Teams Williams
Author Scott Mitchell