Formula 1 could feature much more overtaking next year thanks to significant restrictions on the cars’ aerodynamics under new rules set to be introduced.
In the wake of the presentation made by Liberty Media to all F1 teams at the Bahrain Grand Prix regarding plans to promote closer racing and more overtaking, the Strategy Group, F1 Commission and the World Motorsport Council confirmed a number of regulations changes for the 2019 Formula 1 season.
With 2019 regulations due to be confirmed by April 30, an e-vote took place by Formula 1 bodies to agree on technical regulations for next year. The changes approved were:
- Simplified front wing, with a larger span, and low outwash potential
- Simplified front brake duct with no winglets
- Wider and deeper rear wing
The successful outcome follows a busy period of research into the voted proposals where support stemmed from the commercial rights holders, Liberty Media and the majority of F1 teams. The testing concluded the upcoming changes will provide a positive impact on racing and overtaking within F1 for the future, prompting the decision to ratify their implementation in 2019.
The approved changes are, however, separate to the ongoing work being undertaken to define Formula 1’s major regulation changes for 2021 and beyond.
Along with the aerodynamic changes, the FIA is continuing to asses a range of other potential modifications to the cars aimed at providing closer racing and boosting overtaking in F1.
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