A wind tunnel is a tool used in F1F1 is the pinnacle of open wheel, single seater car racing and arguably the highest level of any motorsport globally.... There's more... to study the way the air moves past the car enabling the teams to fine-tune the aerodynamics – seeking a balance between downforceDownforce is a measure of how much vertical aerodynamic load is created by a Formula 1 car’s aerodynamic surfaces. The... There's more... and minimum resistance.
It consists of a closed tubular passage with the car to be tested mounted in the middle. A powerful fan system moves air past the car.
The amount of time a team can spend testing in the wind tunnel is regulated by the FIAFédération Internationale de l'Automobile is the association responsible for the interests of motoring organisations and motor car users across the... There's more... to ensure the wealthier teams are not given an unfair advantage.