By Harry Schofield
The wait is almost over,in 4 days the wheels will turn in Melbourne for the first FP1 of the 2019 season.
Testing in the winter months has not been clear who has a good advantage, although Ferrari looked particular strong.
Each team has its own testing processes, the amount of fuel, amount of engine revs and also with limited time to prepare the car, the driver has also got to be extremely cartful not to damage the car during testing as many components are still in the manufacturing process back at the factory ready for the season start, damaging a one off part will seriously have big implications as no data can be used to analyse how good the parts are performing, choosing to use them or not for the season
The season is already about to change with reports of a world championship point awarded for the fastest lap of the Grand Prix, provided the driver finishes in the top 10.
The new regulations this year concentrate on the front and rear wings on the car, creating less turbulence so in theory the car behind can overtake more easily without loosing downforce.
Formula 1 cars driving at speeds over 200mph will create a lot of turbulence despite new regulations, what has not been factored is the cross winds of many circuits such as Silverstone which was an airfield from 1943-1947. Formula 1 cars also create cross winds when they are side by side, no amount of front or rear wing regulation will fix this, over the season Racing Questions will look at the aerodynamic packages of a 2019 F1 car and see how the new regulations are working or are they just costing teams more money to implement.
The first live action will be Free Practice 1 that will be at 1am on Friday morning (15th of March)
Detailed analysis from all the practice sessions, qualifying and race will be live on Racing Questions.
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© Harry Schofield 2019