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F1 to raise rear wings to improve visibility for 2019

  • Published on 28 Aug 2018 13:43
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Formula 1 will raise the rear wings on the cars and change the positioning of the mirrors in order to improve driver visibility next year. The FIA has been looking into the rearward visibility problems that have been caused by the current generation of cars.

Following a near miss during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix, the FIA sped up its research. There was a push to implement the new rules for the Singapore Grand Prix later this year, but several meetings have resulted in a number of tweaks to the rules.

The new regulations will see the rear wing being raised by 50mm to create a bigger window of visibility between the lower surface of the main plane and the top surface of the sidepod. Mirrors will also be lower and more outboard.

The regulations still need to be approved at F1's next Strategy Group meeting and at the FIA's World Motor Sport Council before they are made official, but it is expected to get the all-clear.

At the Belgian Grand Prix last weekend, Stoffel Vandoorne was squeezed onto the grass by Valtteri Bottas along the Kemmel Straight, before spinning out at high speed. Bottas admitted after the incident that the mirrors are currently difficult to work with.

"For me, I think it is a bit more difficult than it has been," the Finn told Autosport. "The main thing is the position of the rear wing, the size of the rear wing, and visibility for the mirrors. The wing is blocking part of the visibility directly back."

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  • Freguz

    Posts: 159

    Yes or maybe rather lower it radically, would look much cooler I think

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    • Aug 28 2018 - 14:34
    • Cooler for sure, but it'd render the spoiler pretty useless.

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      • Aug 28 2018 - 14:38
    • Freguz

      Posts: 159

      Lower means less downforce yes, but maybe that would also be a good thing

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      • Aug 28 2018 - 15:15
    • Nah, probably not. There is a reason for why DRS is only allowed in certain parts of the tracks, a lower spoiler would basically be permanent DRS. But I suppose F1 cars handling like trucks could spice things up a bit.

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      • Aug 28 2018 - 18:09
  • Bottas is not really a good example: he also managed to jump into Sirotkins rear end at teh start. Can't imagine he did not see him.

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    • Aug 28 2018 - 19:55
  • f1ski

    Posts: 519

    why have any mirrors. use cameras.

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    • Aug 29 2018 - 02:21
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