The latest moves in F1's new aero war

The latest moves in F1's new aero war

The Austrian and British Grands Prix gave us the first real signs of the impact of Formula 1's new aerodynamics war for 2017, with one apparent casualty amid a raft of refinements

Amid a run of races on unconventional circuits since May's Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona, it's been difficult to get a proper read on what kind of progress Formula 1 teams are making in their relentless aerodynamic development war.

The unique demands of Monaco require specialised high-downforce packages, with little regard paid to the consequent drag penalty; Montreal and Baku require more of a compromise on set-up for the long straights. The cornering challenges at each venue are all relatively low-speed, and the track surfaces smooth, requiring particular technical approaches that are not really representative of the majority of tracks on the calendar.

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