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New rules will require a change of plan, admits Haas

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07/05/2018

Following the approval of a number of regulation changes for 2019 aimed at improving overtaking, Haas team boss Guenther Steiner admits that his team will now need to change its plans.

The changes, which follow the lack of overtakes during the season opening Australian Grand Prix, include simplified front brake ducts with no winglets and a wider and deeper rear wing to accentuate DRS usage.

Asked how this late change affects the team's planning, the Italian admits:

"I don't have the perfect answer for that one. Now that they're throwing in this new aero regulation for 2019, we maybe need to change our plan. Those decisions will be made in the next week.

"The original plan was to develop this car better, because it could be an evolution for next year," he continues. "Now, with these new aero regulations thrown in, maybe we have to change the plan.

"At the moment, I still have to speak to the guys back in Italy to see how we do best," he adds. "We haven't had time to talk it through yet and see how we do it best.

"For small teams like us, it is not an advantage to get a new technical regulation for next year so late. We will do our best, but it will not be easy."

According to Auto Motor und Sport, the front wing will feature just 5 profiles and with bigger span (+10cm), while the rear wing will be 10cm wider and its height increased by 2cm). The DRS slot will be increased by 65mm to 85mm, while blown front axles are banned.

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1. Posted by klirens, 10/05/2018 18:08

"'have to speak to the guys back in Italy', eh?"

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2. Posted by elsiebc, 08/05/2018 5:58

"I remember Ross saying how much he disliked DRS and was looking to get rid of it. Now they are accentuating it. They wax on and on about how they want to make it more affordable for the smaller teams, then they make last minute changes."

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3. Posted by bfairey, 07/05/2018 15:32

"stupid stupid, the front wing should be narrower ans NO sharp edges, and forget the junk they hang off it."

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4. Posted by Uffen, 07/05/2018 15:16

"You will start out with different concepts but with CFD and computer optimisation and good old fashioned spying, all teams will eventually converge on the same solution. It may take a while but that is the reason that the grid closes up after a few years of stagnant regs.
Banning all the data generation would be a good place to start. "

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5. Posted by Greg, 07/05/2018 12:59

"Its the job of the aero specialist and designers to find ways around the rules, then they ban the solutions with another rule that then lead to another rule change, etc, etc.
Sometimes it might be better to just say. Stop. From 2020 this is the new rules and regulations. Make very explicit rules like was stated in the Australian FF rules as previously pointed out or as Max has also pointed out in Halo halo make them as open as possible but with limits imposed. Let the designers and aero guys get the best from the rules. We might get to see radically different solutions and not mirror image cars."

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6. Posted by GrahamG, 07/05/2018 11:41

"Well they had to find something to ban, it wouldn't have been an F1 regulation if they hadn't"

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