The 2019 design changes will give “tangible” improvement to racing, says Formula 1 sporting boss Ross Brawn after reviewing the simulation results. Red Bull says it won’t make enough difference.
Liberty Media has brought out a few changes to the Aero rules in 2019 as a step towards the bigger overhaul coming in 2021. The changes focus on the front and rear wing, brake ducts and bargeboards to make the wheel to wheel racing possible.
“Once again we saw in Brazil that when the performance level of two cars are more or less the same, then overtaking is almost impossible,” said Brawn.
“That raises the question as to how to make it easier to make a move on the car in front.
“During 2018, we have made significant progress in defining next year’s technical regulations, especially regarding the key area that is the front wing and in the last few weeks, we have worked out the fine details.
“Our simulation work and from what the teams with which we have worked closely on this tell us, the effects are tangible, even though we are well aware that the real proof will only come next March in the Australian Grand Prix.”
Brawn emphasised on the fact that these changes are just a step towards bigger changes that will follow in the coming years.
“The changes introduced are a first important step, but not necessarily an exhaustive one, towards defining the new technical and sporting regulations that will shape the long-term future of Formula 1,” he said.
“It’s a foretaste of what we are defining for 2021 and we are pleased with what we have already achieved for 2019, but clearly we have high hopes, even in the short term.
“This year, Formula 1 produced some really exciting racing, I’m thinking immediately of Baku, Shanghai, Silverstone and Mexico City and there is every sign that there will be more of the same next year.”
Meanwhile, Red Bull’s CFD results on the 2019 changes show a very little change in the aero profile. Team boss Christian Horner had long ago predicted the changes were a costly experiment that won’t give the intended effect.