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Why F1 shouldn't be too rigid about flexi-wings

The FIA is set to crack down on 'flexi-wings' in Formula 1, drawing criticism from many of the teams that will have to change their designs as a result at considerable expense. But our columnist argues that shutting down such avenues may not be in F1's interest when one byproduct would be a reduction in efficiency

The science of aerodynamics and the particular impact it has on Formula 1's vehicles always has offered interesting opportunities for debates.

To make it straight and simple, every driver and F1 engineer would dream of having all the downforce in the corners (grip-limited areas) and the lowest downforce level on the straights to get the maximum possible top speed. But in life there is always a cost and in aerodynamics the cost of downforce is called drag.

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