Speeking from experience (Miami in the last few years became 'formula central'),
people that switch from older formula models to newer (shorter,wider) like the change, no one
complains that they get more overpowered, that includes upwind/downwind and reach.
What they find is more plannig,control,comfort and angle potential. But do check reviews about
particular fw you're planning to buy, some better for light/heavy people/ light/high wind...