@Roald – I’m sorry, but do you have a degree and experience in aerodynamic engineering? Because if not, then you’re just making assumptions. The FIA have constantly tried to slow the cars down in the past few years, and where has it lead us? Oh yeah, to lots of very innovative designs – F Ducts, double diffusers, double DRS, drag reduction device, exhaust blown diffusers, coanda exhausts and now FRIC.
I have no doubt that even if the new formula will be slower from the off, the Adrian Neweys of the world will continue to create innovative machines that will continue to regain lost time.
It is stupid to speculate how much time will be lost before we have even seen one of these cars, so it should be left for now, and then re-evaluated in a year’s time, when we have more data to analyse.