“So, it will be possible to see smaller single-seater cars: shorter and narrower. But we are talking about solutions that still need to be discussed.
“With the car on a diet, we will be able to reduce the cornering speeds a bit. Being lighter, they will go faster in a straight line, but will generate less aerodynamic load. So, we will need to increase the hybrid’s energy recovery to ensure adequate lap performance.”
“A lot of work has been done to understand how energy recovery and management will have to be done, and how overtaking can be done based on the aerodynamic configuration,” he continued.
“We have carried out many simulations by changing these parameters and we have found solutions that seem to work adequately.”
In July, Max Verstappen claimed that he had been downshifting at full-throttle halfway down straights in the simulator to maximise electrical performance. Tombazis refuted this claim, saying that the reigning champion’s concerns were not based on up-to-date simulation models.
“If one took the 2026 power units and mounted them on the current cars, probably the result would be the scenario put forward by those who were worried,” Tombazis added.
“But in recent months, we have collected a series of very positive developments, so the comments express old positions. We also need to take into account that the engine and chassis will have to evolve together, and it will not be possible to think of one without the other.”