It's been a while since the dust settled on the past 2018 F1 season. A new season in Formula 1, brings with it a lot of hope and great vigor for teams and drivers alike.
Keen to submit a fresh title bid to a brand new season, the ten teams out there are keen to realign their powers and talents with the skills and intellectual ecosystem that are at their disposal.
But while the key narrative of this season may still be about Mercedes trying to reassert their supremacy at the front, where it comes to both their lead driver and the car even as Ferrari will rekindle themselves from the disappointment of having lost the last year, a set of new rule changes is expected to provide fresh impetus to the season.
That said, what are the rule changes, let's have a look.
For starters, it appears that the F1 2019 rule changes are slated to cost a 'few seconds of lap time' to all cars, and hence, teams.
The above isn't an irrational retort against the F1 2019 rule changes. There's some context.
Just as Racing Point Formula 1 team completed the first simulations, it was understood that the team was devoid of a few seconds of lap time, which fundamentally, can cost teams a lot.
What seems interesting this year, however, is the introduction of a simplified rear wing and front wing design regulations. So what is the aim behind this move?
Well, it appears that by reducing the front wing sensitivity in turbulent air, there'll be an overall improvement in on-track action.
The overall aim of this season is to improve and maximize the scope for overtaking and creating an overall racing ecosystem that can lead to more, competitive racing.
Yet, Mr. Andy Green, Technical Director for Racing Point shared that even as the changes are 'small', they impacted the car's balance a 'lot.'
As such, he was positive about the aforementioned changes and noted motorsports racing platform Motorsport.com shared the following on the issue:
"And when we first put it in the tunnel a few months ago, we're talking a few seconds of lap time, and a poorly balanced car as well.
"This was the worst possible outcome. Hopefully, it has some positives with respect to closer racing.
"We, like everyone else, have been trying to crawl our way out of the hole that we jumped into with these new regulations."Published 16 Jan 2019, 22:05 IST