One of the most interesting elements of Max Mosley's Monza press conference was the FIA's plan to limit F1 downforce to around 50% of current levels, through quantity rather than by fixing bodywork dimensions from 2008.
"In other words," Mosley said, "we are going to say that the car must never have more than N thousand Newtons of downforce in any circumstances. You can work on the drag but you can't exceed that downforce."
Controlling downforce sounds good, but how do you achieve it?
"Well," Mosley went on, "we're going to wheel the car onto the famous weighbridge we use and put weights on it equal to the maximum downforce you are allowed. And if the plank (the lowest part of the car's underbody) is touching the bridge at all points, the car is legal, and if it's not, then it's not. That would be done after the cars go into parc ferme following qualifying. We think it's foolproof and so we've more or less said to them that if you can think of a very clever way of getting around it, could you please tell us now instead of screwing up the season in 2008!"