What can go wrong with the new F1 cars?
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What can go wrong with the new F1 cars?

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Every team has been talking about the opportunity F1’s new rules give them to jump up the grid – but there are also pitfalls for the unwary, such as the recently introduced budget cap and new aero formula. And the challenge will be similar for the drivers in teams that nail the regulation switch as it will be for those that don’t

“There’s opportunity and of course there’s jeopardy.” Mercedes chief technical officer James Allison neatly and, as usual, very genially, sums up the problem facing Formula 1 teams every time the championship decides that its regulations need overhauling. And that has happened a fair bit in recent years.

From the downforce-slashing aerodynamics revamp of 2009, to the turbo-hybrid switch five years later and then the move back to bigger, downforce-laden and faster cars for 2017, F1 reinventing its racing product is a regular thing.

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