Clean air :

When drivers are on an empty track or are clear of their rivals, they’re racing in what they term ‘clean air’. This is the optimum state for a Formula 1 car’s aerodynamics. As air passes over a Formula 1 car, it produces a wake of turbulent air behind that hampers the aerodynamic flow of cars directly behind it.

The following car loses downforce, making it slower in the turns, as well as making the engine cooling less effective. So, drivers always try to avoid running behind rivals, and hunt for ‘clean air’ where possible.

From’s F1-playbook. check it out for yourself – here

Andrew Burden

The author Kiwi F1 Fan