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RaceFans Round-up: F1’s ‘dirty air’ effect is much worse than I imagined

In the round-up: Nicholas Latifi says he’s surprised how severe the effect of ‘dirty air’ is in F1 cars.

What they say

Latifi was asked how far becoming an F1 driver matched up to his expectations:

There’s a bit two sides to look at it. When I signed with Williams last year, I was very well aware that I wasn’t going to be in a top car and a top team and experiencing the same kind of racing that I was in the previous year, racing up at the front in Formula 2. But that’s part of it. So my expectation. my mind was already prepared for that.

So at that point of view, it is quite different. There’s many, many other things you have to manage, the blue flags and things like that, which do change it quite a bit.

But if you take out the performance of the car, just the actual experience of racing, it is quite a lot different than honestly I expected it to be. The dirty air effect at the start of the race, just the amount of grip you you lose, is far more that I could have ever imagined. It’s been difficult to explain it to someone unless they could actually experience it.

So from that point of view I still say it’s more fun than I initially thought it was going to be just from how lively everything is at the start, the racing action, how much quicker you have to be to react to certain things in racing actions. I’m still learning how to deal with those things.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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