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Formula One goes back in time with new regulations

November 19, 2008 |  5:03 pm


Not exactly a pretty sight, huh?

Something similar to this simple-winged monstrosity will be hitting the Formula One grid next year when the 2009 technical regulations take effect.

The new rules call for smaller, simpler front and rear wings and less of the so-called aerodynamic appendages that typically stick out all over the wings and side-pods. By removing these numerous aerodynamic goodies, the FIA is hoping to not only see an increase in overtaking, but is also hoping a couple of teams can pull off a Toro Rosso and compete with the Big Four (Ferrari, McLaren, Renault and BMW).

Unfortunately, I'd be shocked if this cost-cutting move really makes Formula One more competitive. Sure, the new slick tires could make things a little interesting, but I have a feeling we're still going to see plenty more follow-the-leader racing in 2009.

And let's face it -- the cars sort of look like something Formula One czar Bernie Ecclestone pulled off the dusty Phoenix street circuit in 1991 and decided to put back in use. Instead of using fabled designers like Adrian Newey and Ross Brawn to create these glorified slot cars, somebody should just pull Ayrton Senna's 1992 McLaren Honda out of the museum somewhere and race it again.

Ah, 1992 -- I wouldn't be opposed to reliving moments such as this one (note the lack of passing, though):

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Robert Kubica test drives BMW's 2009 specification car during the first day of Formula One testing at the Circuit de Catalunya on Monday. Credit: Mark Thompson / Getty Images