Alonso out of the game, Ricciardo at Renault, Sainz at McLaren, Gasly at Red Bull, rule changes designed to boost overtaking, what else is there for the 2019 Formula 1 season? As it happens, the extremities of the rear wing will incorporate two vertical-shaped rain lights, which should improve safety in low-visibility conditions.
Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-AMG experimented with LED light strips at the Spanish test earlier this year, though the results weren’t what the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile or the team were expecting them to be. The main culprit for this bit of bad luck was the sunny weather, meaning that the test didn’t prove if the rain lights work as intended in the rain.
According to Autosport.com, the teams are “unanimously backing the plan.” What this means in return is, the FIA and the teams will have to meet up, sign the papers, and that’s that.
Inspired by the endplate light-emitting diodes used in the World Endurance Championship, this technology should help the drivers keep their cool when the visibility isn’t good. The water spray from the rear tires create rooster tails, which nobody likes to face while driving a 950-horsepower single-seater at more than 300 kilometers per hour.
A simplified front wing with standardized endplates has been approved for the 2019 season as well, along with the deletion of the upper flaps at the outer ends of the wing. The winglets mounted on the brake ducts are banned as well, as are blown axles and horizontal hills in the rear wing’s endplates.
As for the overtaking side of the deal, the DRS will feature an opening of 85 millimeters compared to 65 millimeters, translating to 25 to 30 percent more efficient.
Also from 2019, driver weight will be considered separately to the car, with the minimum weight expected to be set at 80 kilograms. A new type of racing gloves has also been approved, incorporating biometric sensors that transmit data such as pulse rate and amount of oxygen in the blood to the medical team.
And finally, the FIA decided to increase fuel allowance by 5 kilograms. With a 105-kilogram fuel cell behind the driver’s backside, lifting and coasting won’t be as popular in 2019 as these boredom-inducing driving undertakings are in 2018.
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