Changes to the 2019 Formula 1 regulations designed to promote closer racing and more overtaking have been approved following a vote by the F1 Commission.
Next year will see cars that feature a simplified front wing, with a larger span and low outwash potential, as well as simplified front brake ducts with no winglets and a wider and deeper rear wing.
An e-vote of the F1 Commission – featuring the teams, the FIA, the F1 Commercial Rights Holder, Pirelli, race promoters and sponsors – required a clear majority for the changes to be approved. It is understood a number of teams voiced opposition and wanted to delay until the 2021 rule changes, but enough supported the implementation of the new regulations to force through the change.
The FIA and F1 Commercial Rights Holder had already voiced their support for the aerodynamic changes, with research having taken place into the likely impact which was then backed up by further studies from the teams themselves ahead of the vote.
“Yesterday’s vote follows an intense period of research into the FIA’s initial proposals, which were made with the support of the F1 Commercial Rights Holder, conducted by a majority of the F1 teams,” the FIA announced on Tuesday. “These studies indicated the strong likelihood of a positive impact on racing and overtaking within F1 and as such have now been ratified for implementation in 2019.
“The approved changes are separate to the ongoing work being undertaken in regard to defining Formula 1’s regulations for 2021 and beyond.
“In addition to the aerodynamic changes ratified yesterday, the FIA is continuing to evaluate a range of other measures aimed at encouraging closer racing and boosting overtaking in F1.”
The e-vote also allowed the World Motor Sport Council to approve the new regulations, allowing teams to continue work on their 2019 cars with certainty of next years rules.