Tony Kanaan loves reduced downforce-is Formula 1 listening?

F1 needs downforce from the underside of the car and not winglets and other such nonsense.
MORE downforce with less dirty air behind.
Or a grid full of Brabham BT46s
A key part of the problem is how to regulate the aero, without become over prescriptive and killing all opportunity for differentiation and innovation.

I have been wondering if it would be viable too simply enforce a limit on the total aerodynamic downforce generated (to be defined as the total force exerted on the track minus the vertical acceleration times the mass of the car). The aero gurus, can then still compete on trying to generate the maximal downforce at all speeds while minimizing the drag. Because the focus shifts to minimizing drag, the cars should also produce less turbulence, while being less susceptible to the negative effects of dirty air.
You have to wonder if these people are watching the same thing as the rest of us?

Formula 1 is in a funny state as its lost a lot of the things that made it so popular and relevant in the first place.

- It is no longer pushing future technologies or being cutting edge (go to Formula E and WEC for that)

- it can't come close to the spectacular of Le Mans or the Indy 500

- it no longer had wheel to wheel racing whilst half a dozen other series has

- it no longer has a grid of the best drivers in the world.

You think as it doesn't have these things it would fade, however it used to have these things and therefore captured a market. In doing that they made a lot of money and are now run by a huge media PR company. F1 keeps itself going by commissioning and making sure articles like that of Jack Nicholas are widely circulated. For decades it's employed a business strategy of making sure there is a virtual media shut out on other motorsport series for anyone other than hardcore motorsport fans who go looking for it. That way it can keep telling you it's the ultimate in motorsport. The more times it says that the more people are likely to believe it.

F1 lost it soul somewhat when people started to refer to it as 'the show' like it was wrestling or something.

I really hope one day someone can bring it back to its glory (and the reduced downforce and Aero has to be the way forward) but it new owners currently want to distract us with razmataz, famous names as consultants and new logos.

Sorry. Rant.
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I really hope one day someone can bring it back to its glory

Sadly its never going to happen. There are no longer the individuals inside F1 who care about that aspect enough.

Think back to before the early 80's and F1 was in the hands of men like Brabham, Cooper, Chapman, Ferrari, Tyrrell, Walker and Stanley. All of them dedicated to producing the finest racing cars they could.

It wasn't about big business, corporations, manufacturers and 'the show'

Since Bernie made a lot of people very rich they have no desire to go back to the old days.

Im not great on techincals of the sport but how correct is Lewis on this

The cars are getting heavier & heavier each year. that does obviously affect the braking zones. There’s various challenges in that the brakes are obviously at the limit, they’re not really developing much further than they have been the last couple of years. The technology’s kind of limited at the moment in the carbon industry. There are parts of the lighter cars, the more nimble cars that I prefer of the past: easier to overtake, easier to manoeuvre in combat. With the heavier cars it gets slower and the heavier they are they’ll just continue to get slower in that respect.
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So he's certainly correct on the increasing weight aspect. I see Lewis weighs about 68kg so taking Lewis weight as a benchmark, that was an 18kg net increase from 2013 -> 2017. From that the increase in weight was 600kg in 2004 to approx. 660kg in 2017, 10%.
As for carbon brakes, that's the trickier one to answer!
You'll probably have to add a few kilo for the driver's clothes and helmet.

Bit wierd though that the cars are heavier today than in 2004, you'd think that with all the carbon they would be able to get them a bit lighter (and still as safe).
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