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Verstappen: 2019 wings will make the cars 'uglier'

  • Published on 17 Oct 2018 09:31
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Max Verstappen believes that the new front wings that will be introduced in 2019 will make the cars look uglier. The new wings were confirmed earlier this year and aim to allow cars to follow each other more closely through the corners.

The wings will be much less complex compared to recent years, and will be a part of a number of changes to the cars for 2019. The rear wing will also be altered, as will the bargeboards. But Verstappen is not so confident that the changes will have a positive effect.

"It might help a little bit,” he said “but what I’m already reading is that next year we’ll have about the same downforce as this year, so I think that the benefit will be limited. It only looks somewhat uglier, but maybe the design will be refined before the next season.”

F1 is set to introduce fresh regulations once again in 2021, and Verstappen hopes that those changes will bring about positive changes: "If it is still good to drive and overtaking will improve, I can agree with it, even though the car looks very futuristic,” he said. “It also depends on how much downforce we lose with the new regulations.”

Verstappen currently sits in fifth place in the championship after taking three podiums in the last five races. The 21-year-old will be hoping to add to his podium tally this weekend in the US, where has finished in fourth place twice.

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  • blade

    Posts: 341

    I don't want to sound like an old record, but this is picking around the edges. Track layouts/engines/b-teams/pay drivers/retainers/teams making rules - these are all bigger issues that need fixing for the long term benefit of the sport. Quit playing at it Ross - bang heads together and accept some pain, Liberty will find reducing revenues if dominant positions and cartels cannot be broken. Today's racing is interesting, but not truly exciting. Cant be right.

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    • Oct 17 2018 - 10:43
    • Vet5

      Posts: 225

      Totally agree mate, 100%

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      • Oct 17 2018 - 12:21
    • Some of these guys have a pathological need to undermine the very sport they participate in, it's incredibly frustrating. Especially when it's about something so insignificant. Furthermore, I guarantee that nobody will give a damn about an extra wing if the racing is enhanced.

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      • Oct 17 2018 - 23:47

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