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Formula 1 2011: Yas Marina to Have a Facelift—Will It Help?

The technological changes that were introduced into Formula 1 for the 2011 season have given the sport a long overdue boost (forgive the pun) and brought back good, old-fashioned racing.

Cars can now actually pass each other on the track rather than relying on pit stop strategies to decide races. It’s just like in the old days—no more slot-car racing. No more processions. No races being decided on who gets to the first corner fastest.

This isn’t the first time engineers have been required to overcome poor design, but it’s disappointing the same design mistakes have been repeated over and over.

Of course, the engineering changes are a last resort. The real problem lies with the massive aero wake...

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