The main goal of the 2022 technical regulations is to create a track that allows subsequent cars to maintain a much higher level of downforce when they are closed compared to previous cars.
The aerodynamic package was developed by a team working in a Formula One organization led by Brown, and led by aerodynamicist Jason Somerville, who focused on what is required to make driving easier.
This led to some very strict regulations in the regulations that the teams had to follow.
However, theoretically aerodynamics could actively seek ways to spoil the trail and thus make it harder for others to overtake.
Brown is confident that the teams will not deliberately try to do so, but he acknowledged that if they find ways to speed up their cars and develop new aero elements, it could affect the following.
“I think any loss of this ability to follow will be an accidental consequence of the pursuit of productivity,” Brown told Motorsport.com.
“I don’t think any team ever intended to intentionally damage the wake so that the car couldn’t follow it. Not enough time, not enough resources. You just need to keep track of the lap time. So, in my opinion, this will never happen.
“As a result of what we strive for performance, we can see that we haven’t quite hit the apple in terms of adherence. But I think it will still be well ahead of where we were because the cars were horrible.
“So if we are 5% worse. [than predicted], we will still be far ahead of where the old cars stand. And then, as we say, we will develop it. “
Somerville, who has now joined the FIA with his team, recognizes that teams can actively influence the offensive. However, he agrees that this is unlikely.
“We have often speculated on this,” he said. “We recently met with one of the best teams and asked them what their tracks look like. Exploring the trail is something we’ve spent on a deep understanding of the last four years.
“The teams have clearly prioritized the results. But it is fair to say that their work so far, we are happy to say that has not worsened the throw even close to the level of the current generation of cars.
“We know there will be some noise after they are developed. Certainly, from the feedback we receive, it seems that the natural development and performance they exhibit contribute to the desires we had in terms of the quality of the awakening.
“We don’t know yet how sensitive the cars will be, but even so I think there are signs that we are still in line with our goals and what the teams are working on.”
The new boss of Somerville, the head of the FIA single car department Nicholas Tombazis, is confident that the teams will focus solely on making their own cars go faster.
“Obviously, aerodynamics will always work to improve the performance of their car compared to their competitors,” he said.
“The way the development is done in the wind tunnel and CFD, as well as the fact that you have a lot of free running of your car outdoors, in qualifying or other important positions, means designing a car to sabotage the next car.
“You still need to make sure your car is running as fast as possible and hope other people don’t come up with it.
“We don’t expect people to work on these goals just for good reasons, but we believe that the way development is going will still keep us within those key goals. There will be some deterioration, but not massive, we hope. “