F-1 owners want to reduce the distance between the race cars at the startJanuary 15, 2019
Liberty Media decided not to significantly change the format of the starting field, but the distance between the fireballs can be reduced.
Pat Symonds, technical consultant for Liberty Media, says that for many years in a row, cars on the grid have been spaced apart at eight meters. But the thought came to reduce this interval: not 3-4 in a row as it was before, but maybe two in one line.
“When modeling such a situation, we get a banal answer – the closer the cars are to each other, the faster they pick up speed and at the first turn they are in a smaller interval. But we want a different answer, to understand what exactly to expect in practice. ”
The proposed scheme was tested on the F1 simulator 2018, where out of twenty cars one was driven by a man, and the rest by artificial intelligence. To get more accurate data cars drove 50 races on two laps. The simulation allowed us to analyze each position at the start and draw the following conclusions: in this format, the number of accidents increased by 3%, the number of accidents increased by 5%, and the wheel to wheel ratio increased by 20%.
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