F1 cars to run lights on rear wing from 2019

As part of the new technical regulations for 2019, Formula 1 cars will race with added on lighting on their rear wings.

The World Motorsport Council met on Friday to discuss changes for the upcoming 2019 season, with most of the agenda focusing on the ratification of the calendar for next season.

However, some additional changes were made, with formal announcement being made that all Formula 1 cars will race with additional rear wing lighting on their endplates from next season. This was trialed during testing earlier this season, with the intent being to see how they helped with low level lighting conditions. The lights are to help with visibility and, contrary to rumours online, are not brake lights.

Other agreements reached with the F1 Strategy Group were:

  • Changes to the regulations governing the car mirrors, after minor changes were forced upon Ferrari earlier this year over their interpretation of how to mount them. Rear wing heights will also see a minor change to help with rear view visibility.
  • On board camera positioning.
  • Minor modifications to the halo faring for safety reasons.

There have been some amendments to the Sporting Regulations, which are:

The Council approved changes to the 2019 Sporting Regulations including:

  • Changes to the Safety Car regulations to ensure there is a consistent point at which drivers may overtake when the Safety Car returns to the pits. This will now be the same in all three types of restart
  • The teams will now be responsible for initial scrutineering of their cars. Before the cars go on track for the first time, teams must declare conformity with all safety related matters
  • The official end-of-race signal will now be a chequered light panel, although the chequered flag will still be shown.

Outside of technical changes, the enforced team personnel curfew hours will be increased from eight to nine for each night of a Grand Prix weekend.


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