F1: Quality of racing could improve by 20% in 2019, says Ross Brawn

Formula 1

Brawn is hopeful changes to Formula 1 cars in 2019 will allow drivers to race closer together and pass more easily

Formula 1 could see a 20% improvement in the quality of racing next year, according to Ross Brawn.

F1’s head of motorsport said he was optimistic changes to the cars for 2019 would enable drivers to race closer together and pass more easily.

“Until the cars run, we don’t know what solutions [teams] have made, but from predictions we’re achieving about 20% improvement,” said 64-year-old Brawn.

However, teams say their research does not tally with Brawn’s predictions.

Many say they are expecting a very small effect, if anything at all.

A spokesman for F1 said that the “20% improvement” Brawn was referring to was “in the capacity of a car to attack the car in front”.

He added that one way of measuring this would be in a reduction in the lap-time off-set a car required in order to be able to perform a successful overtaking manoeuvre. In recent seasons, this has been well over a second a lap and often close to two.

The changes – which involve a wider, simpler front wing and a wider, deeper rear wing – are aimed at reducing the amount of aerodynamic turbulence produced behind a car, and therefore making it easier for another car to follow closely.

Ferrari trialled a 2019 front wing in practice at the season finale in Abu Dhabi at the end of last month.

Team boss Maurizio Arrivabene said afterwards: “They were supposed to give more possibility to the overtaking. At the moment, the first feedback that I got from our driver is that most probably that objective is not achieved.”

Brawn, who was quoted in an article on the official F1 website