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F1 positive over 2019 overtaking boost

F1 positive over 2019 overtaking boost

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F1 positive over 2019 overtaking boost

F1 positive over 2019 overtaking boost

Formula 1 head of motorsport Ross Brawn says that simulations have begun to suggest that revamped aerodynamic rules will make overtaking easier in 2019. Simpler front wings will be introduced next year with the stated aim of making it easier for cars to follow each other on track.

Although the attempt to boost the racing spectacle has been well-received, not all teams are enamoured with a change of regulations.

Those at the lower end of the grid have been frustrated at having to spend extra money on developing new parts, with suggestions that the new parts could cost teams up to $15million.

Red Bull chief Dr Helmut Marko claimed last week that the team had effectively found ways around the regulations, with their tests showing levels of downforce similar to 2018, but Brawn is remaining positive.

"Once again we saw in Brazil that when the performance level of two cars are more or less the same, then overtaking is almost impossible," said Brawn.

"That raises the question as to how to make it easier to make a move on the car in front.

"During 2018, we have made significant progress in defining next year's technical regulations, especially regarding the key area that is the front wing and in the last few weeks, we have worked out the fine details.

"Our simulation work and from what the teams with which we have worked closely on this tell us, the effects are tangible, even though we are well aware that the real proof will only come next March in the Australian Grand Prix."

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