Aerodynamics still key, says Symonds
23 January 2014 – Although the sport's new turbocharged 1.6-litre V6 engines are set to take centre stage this season, Williams Technical Director Pat Symonds says aerodynamics will remain a key aspect of Formula 1.
Symonds, talking after the first images of the team's FW36 were unveiled, has argued that while various aero elements have been narrowed and outlawed for 2014, there is still sufficient scope for development.
"F1 is still going to be an aerodynamic formula in 2014," said Symonds. "There are some significant changes: the nose is lower than last year and the front wing is narrower, which means the end plates are now more shrouded by the front tyre.
"The rear wing isn't as deep as last year and the beam wing is no longer permitted, and we've also lost the ability to use the exhaust to enhance aero performance.
"I'm confident that we'll be closer to the front aerodynamically than last year."
Williams has already signed off an aero upgrade package for the opening race of the season in Australia.
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