Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe is confident that the new front wings in 2019 will somewhat improve then racing throughout the grid. The new aerodynamic regulations were instated in an attempt to allow the cars to follow each other more closely on the circuit.
Another rule change for next year will see the maximum fuel limit rise from 105kg to 110kg. While there seems to be hesitation on whether the racing will improve next year or not, the Briton is sure that the new front wings will do more for Formula 1 than the fuel regulation change.
“It seems to be popular to say the aerodynamic changes that we’re making won’t make any difference,” said Lowe. “But I can tell you for sure it’ll make a lot more difference than the fuel limit.”
“I don’t believe it’s going to make any difference to anything,” he continued. “That’s my opinion. You put in fuel that makes sense for your race. That’s always been done and it always involves a bit of fuel saving. Cars are often doing what we call ‘lift and coast’. They do it for tyres more than fuel as well. There might be the odd race where it makes a little bit of difference.”
Lowe confirmed that Williams is trying to re-create the 'outwash' effect, but he would be surprised if the levels remain the same next year: “Everybody is, of course,” he said. “You can’t un-invent knowledge. But it’s not easy. I’d be amazed if people can recover it to where it is today.”
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