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F1 cars to look like a 'station wagon' in 2017

  • Published on 21 Dec 2016 11:06
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

F1 could be about to find a spanner in the works of its plans for more aesthetically pleasing cars for 2017. The 2017 rules are designed not just for more speed, but for a distinctly more aggressive look, featuring wider tyres and chassis, and lower and bigger wings.

"It looks very cool, very futuristic -- especially with the wider tyres and bigger rear wing," said McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne. "When you look at the CG model from the rear, it looks very aggressive." But Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports that the view from the side could be very different, as "practically every team is planning ugly airbox sails".

Correspondent Michael Schmidt is referring to the trend that was widespread in 2009 and 2010, when large bodywork fins extending from the rear of the airbox adorned the engine cover. "From the side view, the cars look like a station wagon," said Schmidt. (GMM)

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  • Nick13578

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    I never thought the 09/10 cars were too bad at all. Actually quite nice.. The RB6 from '10 was an awesome looking car, especially with the outboard mirrors still on, until they were banned from Spain onwards...

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    • Dec 21 2016 - 15:56
  • As long as it affords close racing with minimal wake induced effects of following another car, which means more straightforward over-takings, who cares how the cars look?. You can have all the pretty cars you want but if there is no action on track its the same old BS. Dead procession racing.

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    • Dec 22 2016 - 05:45

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