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FIA says 2019 rules could increase overtaking by 50%

The FIA estimates overtaking could be increased by as much as 50% at certain circuits as a result of new aerodynamic regulations introduced this season.

Significant changes are planned for the 2021 season, and with those in mind the FIA and Formula 1 worked together to bring certain tweaks in for this year in order to analyze their impact on racing. In an interview carried out before the Bahrain Grand Prix, FIA head of single seater technical matters Nikolas Tombazis says the early signs suggest significant improvements could be seen at some venues.

“The major rule changes were aimed at facilitating closer racing,” Tombazis told the FIA’s AUTO magazine. “The most important ones involved the front wing and the brake ducts. The changes around these aimed to reduce the ability of teams to control [air] wake from the front wheels, which was being pushed outboard of the car and creating a lot of turbulence behind it. That had a detrimental effect on the aerodynamic stability of a following car, making it very difficult for a rival to get close and make an overtaking move.

“The rules were designed to bring that outwash a little further in, making it easier for cars to race more closely. We had noticed that year on year it was a worsening trend, and the 2019 rules have been framed to recover some of that. From the indications we’ve had from some teams there has been a step in the right direction.

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