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Moveable aerodynamics could be the future, says FIA 08 Jan 2009

Honda 2009 front wing detail. Formula One Testing, Day One, Barcelona, Spain, 17 November 2008. Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber 2009 Interim Car. Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, Thursday 11 December 2008. BMW Sauber 2009 Interim Car detail. Formula One Testing, Jerez, Spain, Thursday 11 December 2008.

FIA President Max Mosley has suggested that embracing the use of moveable aerodynamic devices could be the best route to increasing the amount of overtaking in Formula One racing.

For the first time this season, drivers are to be able to make minimal front wing adjustments from the cockpit. However, Mosley believes that taking the concept much further may be one way to improve the spectacle of the sport.

“We intend to seek FOTA's help to investigate the use of moveable aerodynamic devices,” he says in a letter to the Formula One Teams Association. “If sufficiently radical, these could give a car following another car a performance advantage by virtue of being behind.”

Mosley likens the concept to Formula One of the 1960’s, when a car would get a ‘tow’ and lose lift and thus be faster in the wake of another car: “The result was wheel-to-wheel racing at the so-called slip-streaming circuits, for example pre-chicane Monza.”

Mosley admits that achieving similar results in the 21st century would require significant - and possibly automatic - moveable aero devices, but believes that modern technology could be used to give a car more downforce and less drag whenever it was in turbulent air.

“This would produce wheel-to-wheel racing on all types of circuit,” he concludes.