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FIA Announces 2019 F1 Changes to Boost Overtaking

FIA Announces 2019 F1 Changes to Boost Overtaking”

Following an "intense period of research", the new rules have been approved by the Strategy Group, the F1 Commission and the World Motor Sport Council.

The FIA has announced aerodynamic regulation changes for the 2019 Formula One season in a bid to aid overtaking and closer racing.

The approved changes are separate to the ongoing work being undertaken in regard to defining Formula 1's regulations for 2021 and beyond.

From next season cars will have a simplified front wing with a larger span which has a low "outwash" potential, meaning less air is directed outside the wheels and therefore the auto behind can get more grip to go through corners faster.

The front wings will also have a low outwash potential.

Consider that it kicked off when FIA president Jean Todt reacted to what many people viewed as a boring Australian Grand Prix by getting together with F1 boss Chase Carey and discussing what could be done. This means less air from the front wing will be generated around the outside of the tires, which in turn will less hinder the downforce and grip of the auto behind trying to overtake.

"The studies indicated a likelihood of a positive impact on racing and overtaking", the FIA said. In the future, F1 wants cheaper, louder, more powerful engines - but also wants them more reliable to reduce the amount of grid penalties.

Under Liberty's stewardship, teams are working more closely than before.

In the 2018 season-opener in Melbourne, there were just five overtakes, something that prompted F1 managing director Ross Brawn to lament the lack of "wheel-to-wheel dicing" following the race.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel leads Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race as Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull's Max Verstappen crash out.

Once Daniel had settled for his line, and Max had changed direction once more, the Australian suddenly had to cope with a auto that was very light at the front end due to the turbulent air generated by the leading Red Bull.

Sunday's drama-packed Azerbaijan Grand Prix had it all.



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