There will be no quick fix for the overtaking problem in formula 1. A meeting of the Technical Working Group on Saturday morning in Bahrain, convened as a result of the boring Australian Grand Prix, ended without a result.
The teams, with the exception of Williams, would have been short-term changes to the rules for 2019. Proposals by Liberty adviser Pat Symonds and FIA colleague Nikolas Tombazis have been defeated, but Formula One sports director Ross Brawn continues to fight.
According to information from’auto engine and sport’the strengthening of the DRS effect by an enlargement of the rear wing end plate was discussed. Thus, by folding the air resistance would be reduced more strongly than before.
Ergo, the advantage in the maximum speed would be greater as a percentage and the overtaking easier. The talk is of 25 instead of 20 km/h increase by operating the system.
Also change for 2020 is too expensive
Also the DRS usage on the whole track (not only in the intended zone), if a car is in the window from one second to the front, There was a debate about what might not have been Brawn’s taste, which in the past had been strong in favour of abolishing the system. The overtaking manoeuvres were too artificial, said the tenor from the Liberty camp.
This was about simplifying the front wing to make the cars less sensitive when driving in the rear in the so-called Dirty Air. The complicated structures on the side end plates would be banned.
It would mean that money invested in the technology would be burned. A change for 2020 is also too costly for teams, because a new front wing for just one season should have been developed, If 2021 is still a major flaw in the regulations.
Brawn is still behind the proposals
One way out remains formula 1: after informal discussions in the Technical Working Group, the Strategy Group could agree on some of the measures outlined and they could be agreed by the Formula One Commission then had to be adopted by the FIA World Motorsport Council. Deadline is April 30th, if something is to happen in the year 2019.
Brawn seems to be further behind the proposals: if we were to simplify the front wing, it would go in the right direction. Everything we have done in recent years has been counterproductive,”he says in a conversation with”Sky Sports F1″.
But Mercedes sports director Toto Wolff doubts advantages for overtaking:”In the Technical Working Group it was not made clear enough that this would have been the case. I don’t want to re-mix the cards, have completely new cars developed and see if it makes any sense. This has been done too often in the past.”
Techchefs decide on further changes
On other points, however, the Techchefs agreed in Bahrain: a removal of the slots in the rear wing end plates and lower, However, longer air guide sheets between the front axle and side boxes.
This way more space for well-visible sponsor stickers should be created, but not on a sail in the area of engine cover and behind the airbox. Its reintroduction was rejected.
Other consensual ideas: tighter stress tests for the connection between the front wing and the nose as well as a ban to angle the exhaust end pipes upwards and blow the rear wing with them. A setback for the Renault team that last used this trick.