What to Expect In the 2011 Formula 1 Season

A whole host of new changes are coming in to formula 1

2 December 2010

The 2010 season had some of the most exciting racing I’ve ever seen but can it get any better?

Surely it’s not wise to believe we’ve hit the pinnacle of motor-racing entertainment is it? Of course not, put your minds to rest, it can only get better from here on out. If there would be any criticism to the season just past it would have to be the lack of opportunities, the cars being all pretty much the same means that even the leaders struggle to make passes on cars during tricky tracks. It all boils down to what we think of as good racing, do we want to see cars overtaking each other every other bend with a constantly changing field, or perhaps just the ability to once in a while boost past your opponent in a flash down a fast straight? Without a doubt it would certainly make for a more interesting race, as opposed to waiting for a team to make a mistake or a driver to accidentally mess up on cornering and shoot wide allowing others to pass him. So what can we expect to see as part of the racing next season.

Return of KERS

KERS stands for Kinetic Energy Recovery System, and is a way in which the driver can increase power to the car by up to 80bhp, it is quite simply a battery connected to a motor that can be used at the press of a button. This battery is charged in one of two ways; the electrical type is charged via a motor attached to the transmission and the mechanical one is charged by a fly wheel used to capture braking energy, either way you can receive up to 6 seconds worth of power back into the car to increase your speed.

Flexible Rear Wing

I’ve mentioned this before in an earlier post here, just as a recap we’ll see the introduction of flexible or moveable rear wings which give the drivers more control over where about on the track they can increase their speed by decreasing the downforce. This will give drivers more control when overtaking but will only be useable when within 1 second’s distance of another car. These are just a few examples of what is happening, there are plenty more but these are the ones I’m most interested to see in action and how they affect the race. What would you guys suggest as something that the 2011 season could do with either as an add-on to the car or a change to the rules?