2019 F1

Formula 1 to simplify aerodynamic rules for 2019

Formula 1 is looking to simplify the aerodynamic profile of the cars for 2019.

Auto Motor und Sport reports that increasing complexity in the detail around the sidepods and rear wing endplates in particular is making it hard for teams to place legible sponsor logos.

So it seems the teams, the FIA and Liberty are working on a new plan for 2019.

The now familiar aerodynamic ‘slots’ will be banned, bargeboards will be made smaller, and other ideas are being studied.

“A vote will be taken on which proposal to adopt at a strategy meeting in April,” correspondent Michael Schmidt said.

Two more vital changes come to 2019 F1 rules – Driver Weight and More Sponsorship Zones

Minimum Driver Weight

The minimum driver weight in F1 has been set at 80kg. That weight includes the driver, the seat and the weight ballast under the seat. Designers preferring smaller drivers is best.

With the added weight to the seat, the overall car weight will increase as well. The total minimum weight of the car and driver is now set at 740kg.

“It’s been a common topic over many years, actually, it’s not a fresh point,” Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe told Motorsport.com.

“If you go back, many years, actually, the driver weight was not in the car weight at all. And then it became added somewhere in the mid-90s to the total weight. But it’s still left, as some perceive – including many of the drivers – a problem around their management of weight, sometimes that can affect them personally in quite a big way.”

“I think particularly with younger drivers it can even lead to health problems, because of this constant drive to lower the weight, to possibly unhealthy levels. Personally, I think it’d be a good thing for the sport, something that many drivers have been asking for for many years, to take that element away, within reason.”

Two More Ads Space Permitted

Formula 1 teams will be gifted with two more room for sponsorship logos on their high value.

Bargeboards: On the 2019 chassis, new rules will command that the bargeboards become smaller. The smaller pieces will allow for more visibility of the sides of the cockpit. Which is one of the primary locations for advertising placements.

Rear Wing: Rear wing endplates have also been updated. For all teams, there must be a solid piece at the top. No aerodynamic slots will be allowed in that area. This will also allow
for a better view of sponsorship logos.

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