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Brawn: Baku clash highlights need to think through downforce changes

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01/05/2018

As F1 confirms changes to the regulations for 2019 that should aid overtaking, the sport's technical boss, Ross Brawn has used the example of the Red Bull duo's clash to highlight the fact removing downforce can have a negative impact.

"One of the key episodes of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was the collision between team mates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen," he told the official F1 website. "I don't want to comment on who might be held responsible or how a team should manage these issues during a race, but I do think the Steward's decision to reprimand both drivers was the right course of action.

"But I would like to highlight a technical point. Once Daniel had settled for his line, and Max had changed direction blocking that line, the Australian became a passenger. The downforce loss experienced by Ricciardo in the wake of Verstappen's car would have made it unstoppable.

"We often think of downforce applying in cornering," he continues, "but the impact the extra grip has in braking is huge. Take away that grip in braking and what happened on Sunday was inevitable.

"Whilst this was a very severe example, it did highlight once more the need of finding a way to develop the rules to make the cars more raceable in these conditions.

"The decision of the Strategy Group and the F1 Commission taken yesterday, sanctioned by the FIA World Motor Sport Council, to approve a number of aerodynamic modifications, aimed at promoting closer racing and more overtaking for the 2019 season is definitely an important step.

"It's also important to note that the decision has been taken after an intense period of research into the FIA's proposals, which were made with the support of Formula 1 and, conducted by a majority of the teams."

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1. Posted by VC10-1103, 02/05/2018 12:48

"I also agree withTedS. If there is less downforce to begin with then when closely following another car there will be less downforce to lose."

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2. Posted by Jet Jockey, 02/05/2018 3:59

"I couldn't agree more than what TedS said below... I certainly hope Brawn was taken out of context because if he wasn't then we are in big trouble"

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3. Posted by Ro, 01/05/2018 17:27

"I cant wait for 2019...Brawn is a racer, and he knows what is wrong with the regulations as they are now. The teams shouldnt have a word in it because nothing will ever be agreed. If a team is quicker than another they will never want something that will make them slower. The decision should be out of their hand"

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4. Posted by Spindoctor, 01/05/2018 17:01

"By George I think he's got it.....

Could this be the sound of a penny-dropping, or is it just a bit of Corporate blahspeak???

Answers on a postcard to..."

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5. Posted by Editor, 01/05/2018 16:45

"@ TedS

It's his quote... it's what he has said word for word... so how is it bad reporting?"

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6. Posted by TedS, 01/05/2018 16:39

"It isn't the removal of downforce per se, Ross... it is the sudden removal of downforce. HAD he had low downforce the entire time, his braking points would have been adjusted. Making the braking zone longer... and allowing for more passing opportunities.

Also if the downforce isn't as sensitive to leading cars wakes.........

Either the reporting of this is bad, or Ross is having a senior moment. "

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