As at the start of every F1 season, there are changes to the rules and regulations for 2019. This year there are alterations that focus on safety while not diminishing the thrills. Some of them are trying to make it a more level playing field so that the smaller and less well-off teams have as much chance as the larger rich teams.
Some of them have only been made possible because of the advances in technology, and this will make it much harder to gauge the F1 betting odds, such as for who will be the 2019 world champion. There are several contenders already, as you will already know if you read motorsports pages, but could these new regulations throw some others into the mix.
These have been developed by the FIA Safety Department. They will send what could be life-saving data about the driver to the medical team that is at the track. They have sensors that will measure the levels of oxygen in a drivers blood as well as keeping a check on their pulse rate. This data will be sent before, during and after a crash and it will make it simpler for the medics to monitor the condition of a driver, especially if the crash has caused a situation where it is difficult to get to them immediately.
No Advantage For Lighter Drivers
Until till now, the weight of the car and the driver have been combines to ensure they are within the required limits. These have been separated now with a minimum and maximum weight for the car, and a separate one for the driver. In the past, is they were underweight, the teams were able to add ballast to various parts of the car, which could be used to improve aerodynamics and downforce. This has always given lightweight drivers an advantage.
From 2019, if a driver is underweight they can still add ballast, but it will have to be in the cockpit with the driver. This does away with any advantages because of a driver’s weight, and for people such as Nico Hulkenberg, who is the tallest and heaviest driver on the grid, that s good news.
The amount allowed is being increased from 105kg to 110 kg and it is hoped this will mean that towards the end of a race, running out of fuel will be one less thing for the drivers to worry about. This has never been too much of a problem for the fuel-efficient engines, but for those that are thirstier, this will be a huge help.
The first priority of the FIA, in conjunction with the teams, is to ensure driver safety. This is vital to avoid drivers being killed or seriously injured. When Ayrton Senna died, he was the 45th driver to die in the cockpit of an F1 car, but since then there have been very few deaths in races. This shows that their aims are working and that they have managed to achieve this without making it less amazing to watch.