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02/03/11
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FIA may change F1 rear wing rules
The FIA is fully open to tweaking Formula 1's movable rear wing rules to ensure they are a success, after setting out initials plans for a 600-meter overtaking zone at each track.

F1 teams have got down to work with the movable rear wing technology in this week's Valencia test, but there remains a great deal of uncertainty about how the concept will work when it is actually put into action in the races.

However, AUTOSPORT rumors that teams have now been informed by the FIA about the plans for the first few races of the season as the sport gets to grip with ensuring it improves the spectacle without making overtaking too easy.

Sources have revealed that the FIA's current plan is for the overtaking zone - where the movable wing will be made active in races - to be the final 600 meters of a track's main straight.

A driver pursuing a rival will only be able to activate his wing there if he is within one-second of the car ahead of him at a timing zone that will be set-up in the braking area for the corner before that main straight.

The FIA believes that the 600-meter passing zone is the right length to ensure that overtaking is possible – but is also not too easy. Early simulation data suggests that this length of track will result in a speed differential between cars of between 10-12 km/h depending on car design. Drivers will be also free to use the wing at will during practice and qualifying. More at Autosport
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