The aerodynamic changes to the F1 cars have been formally approved by the World Motorsport council in a bid to facilitate overtaking.
The issue of overtaking has been causing a huge uproar in the F1 fraternity, as fans want to be treated to exciting races and not processions like the one that we saw in Monaco.
Liberty Media and FIA have been working closely with all teams and drivers to get their opinion on how this ‘overtaking issue’ can be resolved.
The suggested and ‘agreed upon’ changes have now been formally approved and will kick in from 2019.
The 2019 aerodynamic changes include a simplified front-wing with a larger span and low outwash potential, simplified front-brake ducts with no winglets and a wider and deeper rear-wing. All these changes will help cars to come closer to each other but will increase lap times.
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A lot of teams were sceptical about these changes as they had already started planning the design for 2019 and also because of the costs involved. However, they will now have to mould their planning according to the new rules.
McLaren’s Zak Brown has been worried about the costs involved all along.
“I think anything that creates closer racing, that’s hopefully what it achieves, then we’re very supportive of that,” Brawn said.
“Change costs money so at a time when we’re trying to save money we also need to make sure that the changes work and don’t cost us more money. But the rules are set, we’re going to work to them, and hopefully they work.” he added.