The first wind tunnel test of Formula 1’s new regulations for the 2021 season have produced “exceptional” results, according to the sport’s chief technical officer Pat Symonds.
The rules are intended to reduce the turbulence produced by cars, which has been blamed for the difficulty drivers experience in overtaking other cars. Current designs lose around 50% of their downforce when they run within two car-lengths of another car. The new design is intended to cut that to 5-10%.
While Formula 1 teams are limited by regulations to a maximum wind tunnel model size of 60%, F1 used a 50% model in order to gain more useful data on the aerodynamic wake behind a moving car. Symonds told the official F1 website the results of the first test were “actually beyond what I thought we could achieve when we started the project.”
“With the configurations we have got at the moment, the results are exceptional,” he added.
According to F1 the “general results” of the test will be shared between all the teams. The test was run by Sauber’s consultancy group, not its F1 team, in order to prevent them gaining an advantage over their rivals from the knowledge of the test.
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