Formula 1
Formula 1
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
FP1 in
15 Hours
:
53 Minutes
:
21 Seconds
R
Styrian GP
09 Jul
-
12 Jul
FP1 in
7 days
16 Jul
-
19 Jul
FP1 in
14 days
31 Jul
-
02 Aug
FP1 in
28 days
R
70th Anniversary GP
06 Aug
-
09 Aug
FP1 in
35 days
13 Aug
-
16 Aug
FP1 in
42 days
R
Italian GP
03 Sep
-
06 Sep
FP1 in
63 days
24 Sep
-
27 Sep
FP1 in
84 days
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
FP1 in
119 days
R
Brazilian GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
FP1 in
133 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
26 Nov
-
29 Nov
FP1 in
147 days
F1 2019
Topic

F1 2019

F1's 2019 rules to cut downforce loss by one third

shares
comments
F1's 2019 rules to cut downforce loss by one third
By:
Nov 2, 2018, 11:37 AM

Formula 1 cars should lose around one third less downforce when following each other next year, according to the latest predictions from the FIA.

In the wake of difficulties that cars have had overtaking this year, teams and the governing body agreed a raft of aerodynamic changes for 2019 to try to help the situation.

Read Also:

A series of tweaks, including modifications to front and rear wings, are aimed at helping cars follow each other more closely - which should help drivers in battle.

Although it will be unclear about how big a benefit the changes will make until cars actually hit the track, the FIA's head of single-seater matters Nikolas Tombazis thinks the change will be especially noticeable in medium speed corners.

Speaking in the latest issue of the FIA's Auto magazine, Tombazis said: "We consider the critical position to be around 15 to 20 metres between the cars.

"That's the distance we'd expect to see between cars running half a second apart approaching a medium-speed corner. With the current generation, the following car loses about 30% of its downforce in this scenario. We hope to reduce that by 10%."

Although some teams are sceptical that the changes will make that much difference, Tombazis says that if F1 had done nothing then the next two years would have been even worse.

"What I would say is that there is a general trend for teams to develop more downforce, which would exacerbate the problem.

"If we had not intervened, we feel that 2019 would be worse than 2018, and 2020 would be worse than 2019. We now believe that 2019 will be better than 2018, but no one is expecting F1 cars to be fighting like touring cars."

The FIA's move to intervene has been backed by Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe, who says he had long been fearful about the negative impact of the aero rules that came in for 2017.

"I was not a fan of the 2017 regulations which, I thought, were a backwards step for overtaking," said Lowe. "I feel that not doing anything now would mean we'd have several years of a worsening situation, as the teams develop more downforce.

"The FIA and FOM were correct to act at this point and do something different for 2019 and 2020. I've got quite a high confidence in the technical aspects of what's been done, that it will take us back in the right direction."

 

Next article
Why Raikkonen refuses to quit Formula 1

Previous article

Why Raikkonen refuses to quit Formula 1

Next article

Watch Ticktum's Formula 1 test at Silverstone

Watch Ticktum's Formula 1 test at Silverstone
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Author Jonathan Noble