Ferrari has backed the FIA's plans to begin evaluation of the movable rear wing with a 600-meter overtaking zone for the first few races of the season, even though it may not prove long enough to allow easy passing.
As revealed earlier today, the FIA has informed teams of its initial plans for the movable wing rules. This will primarily involve designating a zone at the end of a track's main straight where the wing can be utilized, as long as a driver is within one second of the car ahead of him at the preceding corner where a timing zone is going to be laid out.
Speaking at Valencia after teams tried out the movable wings for the first time, Costa reckoned early analysis showed that a longer zone than 600 meters [1,969ft] would be better, but thought it was the right approach to start things that way rather than by making overtaking too easy.
"From the point of view about what we think, we think 600 meters is on the edge, in our opinion," he told AUTOSPORT. "To have an overtake we think you need more, but the FIA wanted to start from a difficult situation – not an easy pass situation, which for the show would have been not so great. So we understand and we agree on the concept, but our numbers say it is a bit too small."
The FIA plans to begin evaluating the timing and movable wing software at the next test in Jerez, before a more extensive test of the timing and passing zone implementation in the final preseason Bahrain test.