As an alternative, drivers will next year be able to regulate the angle – by a factor of 50mm – of the rear wings, meaning that straight-line speed can be dramatically increased when the cars are not negotiating curves.
The fascinating twist, designed exclusively to boost overtaking, is that only chasing drivers will be able to regulate their cars’ wings. A green light will shine in the cockpit when a car is closing sufficient to the rear of his rival, thereby allowing the driver to trigger the rear wing button.
The systems will not be available to drivers during the first three laps of a race, but the wings may be trigger after a safety car period.
“Why do we need KERS now?” Red Bull team boss Christian Horner joked to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport. “The overtaking wings will be enough!”