As the field is so tightly competitive this year, one of the greatest surprises has been the sheer pace of development. This has allowed teams to adopt each others ideas far quicker, leading to a flurry of copycat designs throughout the pitlane.
With major rule changes in the pipeline for 2009, 2008 will be a swansong for F1 cars with hugely complex aerodynamics. Equally, it will be the last year for grooved dry weather tyres, as Bridgestone will supply slicks in 2009. Although engines, gearboxes, and electronics are far tighter controlled now and not due to change for next year, the teams have still been able to find speed from the limited loopholes in the regulations.
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