An interesting idea came out of Autosport's recent interview with outgoing F1 kingpin Ross Brawn:
Speaking in an exclusive interview with this week’s Autosport magazine, Brawn said that F1 chiefs had begun thinking up how best active aero could be used.
“One of the big things about the 2026 car is whether we have active aerodynamics,” said Brawn. “I think that’s an efficiency step which is very appealing.
“It’s still got to be sorted to see how that can be done, and if it can be done safely and predictably. But, active aerodynamics, we semi have them at the moment with DRS, as DRS is active aerodynamics.
“But can you do something much more significant?
“If you have active aerodynamics, then of course you could affect the car in front. You could have a proximity [that] once you get within a certain degree, the car in front loses a little bit of downforce and you gain a little bit of downforce. There’s tricks you can play with that. It becomes an opportunity.
“I’m not saying we would do that, but it becomes an opportunity. So, the 2026 car is lessons learned from what we have now and I think we’ll incorporate some form of active aerodynamics.”
He's just asking questions!
Of course Autosport's headline boffins have already dubbed this "reverse DRS", or to give it its full title "reverse drag reduction system". Which can be simplified to "drag increase system", or DIS, which is coincidentally (and I mean coincidentally) the name of the city of hell in Dante's Inferno.