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Adjustable Rear Wings Idea May Be Dropped

The idea of having adjustable rear wings in Formula One for next season may be dropped before the development plans have even started, according to FOTA chairman and McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh.

The plan was to have adjustable rear wings that the drivers could change in order to help them overtake.  The idea itself was rather complicated, and would be difficult to apply with regard the minimum and maximum time element with regard the car in front and behind.   While the fans found it complicated to understand, the drivers rebelled and said it was a pointless idea and would not help overtaking at all.  Safety concerns were also raised.

“We will see whether people are convinced by it or not,” said Whitmarsh.

“I think we have got to do a little bit more work on deployment and the sporting regulations that accompany it, and if we get that right we’ll give it a go,” said Whitmarsh. “If detracts or isn’t right, it’s easy to take it off. But let’s have a look at it; it’s a bit of an experiment.”

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