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Brawn: 'Active suspension could help overtaking'

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Formula 1 sporting manager Ross Brawn believes a return to 'active suspension' could help spice-up overtaking and the overall spectacle of racing.

Australia instilled more fears that racing could be stagnant this season with overtaking difficulties considered the main culprit.

But last weekend's action-packed Chinese GP demonstrated that while passing was not an easy task, and not meant to be, it was genuinely possible.
"The goal must be that overtaking is basically possible but still difficult," Brawn contends.

But F1's sporting boss is still concerned there will be more races like Melbourne in 2017, with the main problem being the way the cars currently create a big aerodynamic wake.

However, F1 is fundamentally stuck with its basic overall car concept until 2020.

"In the long run, we have to make sure that the wings don't create so much turbulence. But in the short term we need other ideas," he told Auto Motor und Sport.

One potential solution is bringing back active suspension, which was banned all the way back in 1993.

"The problem with following a car is that the balance changes," said Brawn. "That could be prevented with active suspension."

Formula 1 sporting manager Ross Brawn believes a return to 'active suspension' could help spice-up overtaking and the overall spectacle of racing.

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