The changes to the aerodynamic regulations for the 2019 Formula 1 season has been fully agreed by the teams, and is set to get the formal go-ahead at the next strategy group meeting on July 4th, ahead of the British Grand Prix.
Following a lack of on-track overtaking during the 2017 Formula 1 season, several key personnel in the Formula 1 paddock voiced their concerns, and looked to the FIA to make changes to the regulations. A lackluster season-opening Australian Grand Prix this year — which features just 15 overtakes through the whole Grand Prix — prompted the bosses to propose an approach of sampling front wings and a clampdown on other aerodynamic components to aid overtaking.
New regulations of simplified front wings and brake ducts were agreed by teams before the April 30th deadline, making it realistic to implement for the 2019 Formula 1 season. Whilst the regulations were agreed on early this season, it has taken more time to ensure teams don’t find massive loopholes to exploit for next year.
It is understood that teams’ technical directors finally agreed on the final details, and the new regulations — which are expected to slow the cars down by around 1.5 seconds per lap — are set to be signed off and made official ahead of the British Grand Prix in Silverstone.
“The teams wanted to know what’s going on, and I think everyone has been co-operating,” Brawn told Motorsport.com.
“It needed some refinement, which has been done.
“I think everyone realises that we don’t want uncertainty. As far as I know it’s all been sorted and we should be in good shape. I think it will be a useful insight into ensuring that we’re going in the right direction
“I think it will contribute in itself, but also will give us better feedback on the concepts that we’re pursuing in order to make the cars more benign.
“The FIA eventually write the regulations and have to police them, so therefore that’s their role and responsibility. We’re there to contribute towards the concepts that lead to that.”