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Mark Webber considers the FIA’s decision to set up moveable rear wings next season may be good on a PlayStation game but he doesn’t think it will work on a race-track. On Wednesday, the FIA permitted some new regulations for next year’s Championship with the introduction of an adjustable rear wing, which will allow the drivers to open a slot gap in their car’s rear wing thereby increasing straight-line speed.

“From 2011, adjustable bodywork may be activated by the driver at any time prior to the start of the race and, for the sole purpose of improving overtaking opportunities during the race, after the driver has completed two laps,” said the FIA statement.

“The driver may only activate the adjustable bodywork in the race when he has been notified via the control electronics that it is enabled. It will only be enabled if the driver is less than one second behind another at any of the pre-determined positions around each circuit.

However not each one is in favors of the idea According to Red Bull’s Webber, pass should be “skillful” and “tactical” and not helped by a sudden speed benefit.

“It is good for the PlayStation I think, but I don’t know how well it is going to work in F1,” said the Aussie.

“We need to put some good research into it, understand it and make sure it is beneficial for everyone – the drivers, the show, the spectators and safety, which is a big thing.

“Overtaking moves should be about pressurising, being skillful, and tactical. Yes we want to see more overtaking, of course we do, we know that, but we also need to keep the element of skill involved in overtaking and not just hitting buttons, like KERS, like adjustable rear wings.

“We need to get the balance right in having skillful races between each other, and not an IRL race where you pass each other four times per lap and everyone gets bored of that.”

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