New rules hurting slipstream effect says drivers

The all-new regulations for 2022 may actually have made overtaking more difficult, according to three prominent Formula 1 drivers. While early feedback suggests the new ‘ground effect’ cars make it easier to follow a rival, the ‘slipstream’ or ‘tow’ effect appears to be diminished. “I have spoken to other drivers and they say the slipstream effect is less,” Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas said. “We can follow closer but from what we have seen, the slipstream effect is definitely less effective,” said the Briton. Norris agrees that the new aerodynamics have both a “positive and a negative” effect. “We don’t know which is the bigger effect at the minute so we will have to see until the first race,” said the McLaren driver.

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