Red Bull’s chief engineer has challenged the view that increased downforce levels will lead to less overtaking in 2017.
Many, including Red Bull’s chief technical officer Adrian Newey, have claimed the larger wings introduced this year could make overtaking more difficult.
However chief engineer Paul Monaghan believes the new tyres Pirelli have been asked to produce tyres, which are both wider and more durable, could counteract that effect.
“The tyres themselves, if they are more durable than previous generations, then I think it will change the racing,” said Mongahan.
“Not necessarily for the worse, I think for the better. I think we will have potentially more overtaking.”
Pirelli have also warned that rising downforce levels may have an effect on the quality of racing in 2017. Data from Formula One’s official tyre supplier indicated there were 53% more passes last year than in 2016.
Red Bull’s head of aerodynamics Dan Fallows also pointed out it the increase in downforce this year could have beneficial effects.
“The more downforce cars produce the more they can be affected by other cars in terms of their drag,” he said.
“So it could be that cars are able to run closer behind another car to use the slipstream down the straight, so overtaking in that sense could actually be easier.”
Red Bull will reveal their 2017 Formula One car, the RB13, on Sunday.
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2017 F1 season
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- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year