Sight of 2009 cars to ‘shock’ says insider

Fri, 7 November 2008, 11:58

Nov.7 (GMM) Observers will get a “tremendous shock” when the first 2009-specification formula one cars are unveiled, according to a figure close to the development of Renault’s next single seater

Alfonso Martinez, head of the Spanish arm of the technology consulting firm Altran, is working with a group of Madrid-based engineers on aspects of the R29 machine

Next year, slick tyres and KERS are set to arrive in formula one, but Martinez said the most visually dramatic changes are the result of sweeping aerodynamic limitations

Bodywork add-ons like flip-ups and winglets have been completely banned, the front wing is bigger, and Williams recently tried a 2009-spec rear wing; dramatically higher and smaller than in 2008

Referring to the impact of the new bodywork rules, Martinez told the Spanish sports daily Marca: “The shock is going to be tremendous when these cars are seen.”nnHe is not sure the changes will have the desired effect in inspiring more overtaking

“There continues to be a lot of dirty air in the (car’s) wake, although less than before.”n

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