How moveable rear wings will affect racing

How moveable rear wings will affect racing

Formula 1 is set to use moveable rear wings next year in the hope of boosting overtaking. But the plan has been received with mixed feelings by the paddock. Tony Dodgins analyses the situation

Wind back just over 40 years to Barcelona '69. Colin Chapman's Lotus 49s were racing at Montjuich Park – the first time the track had hosted modern GP cars – and were fitted with high, stanchion-mounted rear wings.

It was a different world back then. Jochen Rindt put his car on pole position with Graham Hill third, the pair split by Chris Amon's Ferrari. Rindt was fully half a second quicker than the Kiwi but had some concerns. It seemed to him that the 49s rear wing was growing, almost by the day.

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