Higher top speeds expected in 2014
Honda F1 website
Honda website

JANUARY 29, 2014

Higher top speeds expected in 2014

The engines may be smaller and quieter, but formula one cars will actually be faster in a straight line in 2014.

That is the expectation of Force India's technical boss Andy Green, when contemplating the mammoth rule changes over the winter.

Not only the engine rules have changed, but the FIA has also dramatically reduced the amount of downforce.

But although downforce levels were similarly attacked in 1998 and again in 2009, Green said that the huge changes for 2013 are "crucially different".

"The downforce loss is in the same region and is quite significant," he told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport.

"But this time the drag has also been dramatically reduced, where in the past the drag stayed the same while downforce was going down."

Asked if that means top speeds will be higher in 2014, Green agreed: "Yes. I expect the cars to be about 15kph faster."

(GMM)

Other stories for JANUARY 29, 2014

VETTEL LEAVES JEREZ AS NEWEY LAMENTS CAR DESIGN DELAY

MCLAREN CONFIRMS BOULLIER AS RACING DIRECTOR

MANAGER DENIES DOCTORS TO END SCHUMACHER COMA

ECCLESTONE PUSHING FOR DOUBLE POINTS IN THREE RACES

HIGHER TOP SPEEDS EXPECTED IN 2014

MARUSSIA ON TRACK FOR THURSDAY DEBUT

EMBARRASSING START TO F1'S BRAVE NEW ERA

RAIKKONEN'S BACK OK AFTER F1 DRIVING RETURN

VETTEL HOPES FOR MIRACLE A MONTH INTO SCHUMACHER COMA