Formula 1 and the FIA will be considering radical wet weather solutions as part of a study to improve safety.
With the latest generation of cars, drivers have noted that spray from tyres and the aerodynamics – which rely heavily on downforce generated from the floor – have reduced visibility in extremely wet conditions.
This can be a key factor in determining whether it is safe enough to start a race or suspend sessions.
As part of the study, the FIA says there could be a standard bodywork kit that is fitted to cars during "extreme wet" conditions, which stops the water spray from affecting visibility.
FIA to study five key areas to aid wet weather safety
The FIA stated that it intends to study five key areas:
- Definition of a standard bodywork kit, aiming to suppress the tyre spray from running in wet conditions by use of minimal bodywork over the wheels (wheel arches).
- Understanding the contribution of surface water picked up through the underfloor tunnels to understand its significance.
- Ensuring that the design does not unduly hinder pit-stop tyre changes.
- Seeking additional benefits such as additional lights to improve car visibility.
- Devices only to be fitted either before a race or during a red flag due to extreme wet conditions
Preliminary work and an initial concept was presented to the F1 Commission, with work to continue through 2023.
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