Reducing width wouldn’t make the car any less safe, as maximum width comes from the edge of the wheels and not the body of the car. A skinny car therefore would have no less crash protection than a wider one. In fact, in 98 when they went to the narrow track, they actually widened the chassis compared to the 97 cars for safety reasons. So maximum car width shouldn’t impact safety.
My point albeit somewhat subtle was that reducing the width is something I think they should do - but when you consider the changes to side impact structures and the potential for decreasing safety - this is much harder to achieve.
Once you've defined the minimum car width for safety, why wouldn't you automatically want the front wing to be a similar width?
Edited by Jazza, 10 October 2019 - 03:55.