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Also among the potential changes for Formula One in the coming years is the return of active suspension, which former grand-prix driver Martin Brundle believes would be a wrong move.
Active suspension, which due to a computer allows cars to essentially balance themselves through corners, was banned at the start of the 1994 season but could return for the 2017 season, which may also see the introduction of 18-inch wheel rims.
Brundle, now a television pundit and co-commentator, has aired concerns regarding the technology, telling Autosport’s Ben Anderson:
The concept of that and 18-inch wheel rims means you start again on your suspension as well as aero, because a lot of your suspension travel is in the sidewall of the tyre with a [current] 13-inch wheel rim.
If you go to 18 inches you've got to put a huge amount more compliance in your suspension.
It's a dream for the aerodynamicists. My concern would be that we'd go back to cars that look like Scalextric cars—glued to the track.
Paddy Lowe, the technical executive director for the Mercedes team, had previously spoken in favour of a move to active suspension, telling Autosport how it “certainly wouldn't be more expensive” than the current models of suspension, but Brundle disagrees.
It's the best of everything—kerb control, ride control, bumps, aero—you just fly the car at the perfect angle.
How the hell it would save any money I don't know because you'd have to start over again.
You'd have to completely redesign your car I would have thought, given that huge advantage.
Paddy obviously knows a million times better than I do on that sort of thing, but I'd have thought it would just open up a whole new avenue of development and opportunity.
The cars might follow each other better from getting more downforce from the underfloor than the upper surfaces.
But I can't see it being anything other than hugely expensive.