On Monday after the Portuguese Grand Prix, the most important people in Formula 1 remained in Portimao, who agreed at a meeting of the F1 Commission on a very serious change that would also affect the design of future cars. It has been suggested that the use of wind tunnels will be banned from 2030 onwards.
“I think everything is possible with the development of technology, I think that would be the right thing to do,” said Günther Steiner, Haas team leader in Istanbul. “However, it would be too early to draw conclusions, but if we want to go in that direction, I will support it.”
In contrast, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is no longer so supportive. He thinks this topic should be chewed even further. “We must not forget that these are the fastest cars on the planet with the greatest downforce, and we don’t want to experiment with drivers live in a CFD (Computer Fluid Simulation – ed.) -Based car,” he said.
“But setting a goal like the 2030 ban could work for everyone and make the sport more financially sustainable for teams,” he added.
Incidentally, the use of wind tunnels will be restricted as early as 2022: more successful teams ahead in the league will be able to spend less time with such testing than those who have done in the back region of the league. The purpose is to allow those in last place to bring in their backlog.