On the 1st of May, Formula 1 announced aero ‘tweaks’ to encourage overtaking next year, attempting to reduce the disrupting effects of aero wash when cars try to follow one another.
The press release from Liberty Media, F1’s new management, shows that the rules governing aero will be:
- Simplified front wing, with a larger span, and low outwash potential
- Simplified front brake duct with no winglets
- A wider and deeper rear wing
Ross Brawn, technical boss of Formula 1 had this to say:
“One of the key episodes of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was the collision between team mates Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. I don’t want to comment on who might be held responsible or how a team should manage these issues during a race, but I do think the Steward’s decision to reprimand both drivers was the right course of action.
“But I would like to highlight a technical point. Once Daniel had settled for his line, and Max had changed direction blocking that line, the Australian became a passenger. The downforce loss experienced by Ricciardo in the wake of Verstappen’s car would have made it unstoppable. We often think of downforce applying in cornering, but the impact the extra grip has in braking is huge. Take away that grip in braking and what happened on Sunday was inevitable.
“Whilst this was a very severe example, it did highlight once more the need of finding a way to develop the rules to make the cars more raceable in these conditions.”
It was a surprise to most that the changes were agreed upon, Ferrari in particular kicking up a stink. In fact, during the Spanish GP last weekend the rumour in the paddock was that Ferrari agreed last minute in payment for not being punished for dubious technical infringements from the start of this season. Click on this link to read more on that one.
The changes agreed for 2019 will likely slow the cars down by nearly 2 seconds a lap, and make the cars appear a little more simpler than what we’ve become used to.
TJ13 conceptual industrial designer Olcay Tuncay has drawn up his vision of what we should expect to see next year.