Red Bull design chief Newey confirms 2019 rules have changed nothing
Scepticism remains through much of the Formula 1 paddock that overtaking will become easier in 2019. The main tweak to the rules for this year - wider front wings - is designed to make it easier for a following car to chase and pass rivals.
Changes to aerodynamic regulations were sought after a largely processional season-opening 2018 Australian Grand Prix.
Reaction has been largely adverse, with Red bull especially critical, claiming the changes have cost €15million without making a significant impact.
Ferrari has the fastest new car so far this year, but Sebastian Vettel told Auto Motor und Sport that he became stuck after catching Carlos Sainz's McLaren last week in Barcelona testing.
"I had no chance to pass him," Vettel said. "I just never got close enough."
F1's top car designer, Red Bull's Adrian Newey, agrees: "You [the chasing car] lose just as much downforce as before."
And Andy Green, the technical boss at Racing Point, commented: "We do not build cars that make driving easier for the guy behind.
"Our task is to make our car as fast as possible. And to do this, the air must pass outside of the wheels.
"As long as we see the chance to do that, we will do it," he added.
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.