Welcome at RacingNews365

Become part of the largest racing community in the United Kingdom. Create your free account now!

  • Share your thoughts and opinions about F1
  • Win fantastic prizes
  • Get access to our premium content
  • Take advantage of more exclusive benefits
Sign in
F1 2026

FIA eases safety concerns around new 2026 F1 rules

Active aero will feature heavily on the 2026 F1 cars, with some concerns around the system's 'X-mode.'

Verstappen FP2 Canada
Article
To news overview © XPBimages

The FIA has detailed how it plans to ensure F1's new active aero 'X-mode' will be safe for drivers. 

As part of the recently unveiled regulations, the 'X' and 'Z mode' aerodynamic configurations were revealed with 'X mode' being the low-drag option where the front and rear wings will open to dump drag.

'Z mode' will be the standard setting, such as when a car is going through a corner, with 'X mode' driver-activated. Questions have been raised about what would happen if a driver finds himself stuck in 'X mode' if the system failed approaching a corner.

FIA single-seater technical director Jan Monchaux has soothed those concerns, using the testing of the DRS in 2011 as an example.

"The approach on failure analysis and the system will be subject to the same approach done back in the day with the DRS," Monchaux told media including, RacingNews365.

"We'll have the same extremely rigorous approach, making sure that the system, once deployed for the first time during testing, will be doing what it's supposed to do and not subject to constant reliability issues or safety issues.

"That a few teams might have a few hiccups in the first winter test is to be expected, but I genuinely think the experience gained over the years on the DRS should be perfectly transferable.

"The system will not be a huge challenge for the teams in terms of 'can we get it to work?' and 'can we get it to work safely and reliably?' because it's going to be [used] almost on every straight." 

Also interesting:

Max Verstappen hit back after an out-of-sorts Monaco GP, Sergio Perez floundered again - and into a controversial retirement. How much damage can Ferrari and McLaren inflict with Red Bull fighting with one hand tied behind its back, did the Milton Keynes-based team re-sign Perez too soon? After a thoroughly entertaining Canadian GP, host Nick Golding is joined by Ian Parkes and Samuel Coop to analyse all things.

Rather watch than listen to the podcast? Click here

Seen our giveaway on Instagram and Facebook? Like and claim your chance to win!

LIKE & WIN

Join the conversation!

x
RESULTS 2024 F1 Hungarian Grand Prix - Qualifying