Will GP2 Series cars be faster than Formula 1 cars in 2014?
3 December, 2013
Formula 1 could be matched for pace by the single seaters of its support GP2 series next year.
That is the fear and warning of Enrico Scalabroni, a well-known name in the Formula 1 paddock, having worked as a technical chief at teams including Williams and Ferrari.
He set up his own GP2 team some years back, and now thinks that the support field of 2014 could match for pace the new-generation, V6 turbo-powered Formula 1 cars.
As well as featuring smaller engines, next year’s Formula 1 cars will also be heavier, have less downforce due to the significant aerodynamic changes, and probably more conservatively-designed and selected Pirelli tyres.
“I hate to be alarmist,” Scalabroni is quoted by Spain’s El Mundo Deportivo newspaper, “but I would not be surprised if a GP2 car is as fast as a Formula 1 (car).
“You only have to make simple calculations to see that this could occur, at least at the beginning of the development phase in Formula 1.
“Some [people] are concerned with this possibility,” he added. (GMM)
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