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F1 Technical Directors Unhappy With CFD Based Rules Change
Posted Mon September 11, 2006 @04:04PM
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News Autosport Magazine is reporting that Formula One technical directors are to present a new "overtaking-friendly" wing package as an alternative to the Centreline Downwash Generating rear wing proposed by the FIA last year.

The CDG wing, unveiled by the FIA in October last year, prompted a lot of engineering debate, with teams unsure it would prove as effective as expected.

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"The FIA tried to come up with a solution to the problem of not enough overtaking, but the teams are unhappy that the basis for their study is primarily CFD." said Williams engineering chief Patrick Head. "If CFD was at a level that it could support car design exclusively, then the teams would not have wind tunnels."

Renault chief of engineering Pat Symonds confirmed that the teams' alternative, which features new front and rear wings, as well as a new underfloor treatment, would look very different from current cars.

"Visually it will be a completely different-looking car," Symonds said. "It will be updated completely and will be a car that strives to perform slightly better than CDG in terms of overtaking and probably does not look quite so radical.

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