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New regulations will redefine F1 corners in 2017

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The speed of F1's new generation of cars will reclassify some corners as straights due to the extra levels of grip.

F1 is undergoing a facelift this year, with new regulations set to achieve a dramatic drop in lap times for the upcoming season. McLaren's technical chief Tim Goss thinks the added levels of downforce will mean engineers will have to re-profile any corner being taken flat-out by a driver in 2017.

"The drivers say these new cars will be more challenging to drive, and they'll have to work harder and concentrate more to get the best from them," Goss told the McLaren website. "One knock-on from that is that we'll no longer classify some corners as 'corners'.

"Engineers define a corner as a point on the track where the driver has to lift and essentially drive and handle the car through it. If he's going round a bend and his foot is flat to the floor on the accelerator, we class that as a straight.

"As the new cars will be going faster, some of 2016's 'corners' will be classified as 'straights'. But because they'll be going through them faster, they'll be subjected to more g-forces -- and that's still tiring on the body."

Goss welcomes more challenging cars as he believes that was what the new regulations set out to produce.

"The aim was to make the cars look more aggressive; to make them faster, so that F1 was very much at the pinnacle of motorsport in terms of outright speed, and to make them more difficult to drive. My that we don't mean they're more of a handful for the drivers, but that they're more physically demanding, so they get out of the car having had to work hard -- like they did in years past."