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FIA ready to impose 2019 vision through "messy" tech directives

FIA ready to impose 2019 vision through "messy" tech directives
Jun 12, 2018, 9:00 AM

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting warns the FIA is willing to push through its vision for the series' 2019 aero rules with extra technical directives should teams fail to unanimously back the final version soon.

Charlie Whiting, FIA Delegate in a Press Conference
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB14
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W09, leads Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB14
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-18
Pierre Gasly, Toro Rosso STR13, leads Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-18
Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Principal and Chase Carey, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of the Formula One Group on the grid on the grid

The new aero package, which has been formulated by F1 and FIA to improve overtaking, was voted through on April 30th, the final deadline for regulation changes.

See how the new aero rules will change F1 cars in 2019 with Giorgio PIola's 3D animation

Since then a series of meetings have helped to refine the regulations and discuss any loopholes and inconsistencies, which were an inevitable consequence of the haste with which the changes were pushed through.

The revised version is now ready, but as the April 30 deadline has passed a unanimous vote of the 10 teams is required for it to be fully signed off.

“It is done to the extent that the rules are published, so that's done,” said Whiting when asked by

“What isn't done is the tidy-up, so that's what we're working on. We should have a new version to send to the teams Monday or Tuesday, which we've modified having received comments from a few teams.

“And then we'll see if everyone's happy with that. The alternative, if we don't get a new version agreed formally, is a series of technical directives which will go some way to clarifying some of the parts that some people think are not clear.”

Whiting acknowledged that adding technical directives was not an ideal solution.

“It's very messy," he said, "and I think everyone would much prefer to have everything in a set of regulations.

"In the end I'm sure it'll be fine.”

The main issue has been the theoretical “boxes” in which teams can locate bodywork, with the need to match newly introduced restrictions to existing ones.

“It's all about that, but there are also things on the brake ducts. I think the main point was applying the same rationale to the front and rear brake ducts. I think that was something some teams were a little unhappy about so we've set about rectifying that.”

Some of the teams that voted against the changes remain frustrated by the ongoing process of refining them.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner told “Unfortunately because they were rushed through, and done in such haste, it’s a particularly poor set of regulations that are going to need to be tidied up either by further regulations, or technical directives. And for what?

“Everything has changed since April. There’s going to be another round of discussions.

"I think everybody knows what the fundamental regulations will be, but there still needs to be some tidying up, which will no doubt take more votes, more discussion.”

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