Slower F1 cars in 2014?
A SPORT OF SPEED: What would F1 be with slower cars? Well it might only take until 2014 to find out.
PARIS, France – Formula 1's governing body has backtracked on aerodynamic changes for the 2014 season due to fears that the next generation of cars will be to slow.
After the 2012 World Motor Sport Council meeting in Turkey the FIA announced that scheduled bodywork rule changes for 2014 to reduce downforce had been replaced by "2012 specification".
German magazine Auto Motor und Sport reported: "There was concern that F1 cars would become too slow.”
One problem was that all-new turbo V6 and energy recovery systems would add considerable weight to the cars - more than initially expected to the 2014 single-seaters.
With the 2014 rules, the FIA is reportedly aiming to slow the F1 cars by no more than five seconds a lap.
Any more than that, the German report claimed, carried the risk of F1 cars being outpaced by Le Mans prototype cars or the US-based Indycars.