Out of the ten Formula 1 teams in the sport, eight of them would like to reduce the use of wind tunnels by 2026. Also, by 2030, they hope to completely ban it completely.
Teams have spent countless hours perfecting their cars by using wind tunnels by improving aerodynamics. However, things are slowly changing.
With the introduction of a budget cap, teams would like to save a lot more money; ditching wind tunnels would help significantly.
Wind tunnels not environmentally friendly
Additionally, the concept of these tunnels no longer fits the vision of Formula 1 which is trying to become as environmentally friendly as possible.
Formula 1’s chief technical officer Pat Symonds revealed that eight teams are in favor of eliminating wind tunnel use in the next ten years.
Mattia Binotto, however, stated that getting rid of the tunnels immediately is not possible.
What did Binotto say?
“Banning the wind tunnel has been discussed for 2030, not earlier. That was the proposal. It’s a long time from now to then,” he told reporters in Monaco.
“I think all the teams are open to the discussion, and open to accept it eventually because it’s a long time from now. Are we today ready to ban the wind tunnel? Not at all.
“Banning it completely, if you would do it today, the testing would be on track and that would be even more expensive rather than doing it in the wind tunnel, so I don’t think the times are mature today for a decision.
“I think it’s right to discuss it but I think the testing is part of our normal engineering process, so for today it’s important to have the wind tunnel and let’s see how much simulation will develop in the future.”
Reduce use as early as 2026
According to a report, the eight teams are willing to accept changes to the policy of using these tunnels by as early as 2026.
“Eight of the ten teams are open to the idea of greatly reducing the use of wind tunnels from 2026 and completely banning them from 2030,” the report states.
“Because not only the electricity costs are high. The teams also have to build extra models that cost around 600,000 euros.”
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