Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel admitted that it would be “comical” if Formula One produces slower cars for the 2019 season. New aerodynamic regulations for next year will see simplified front wings with a larger span, a wider and deeper rear wing and simplified front brake ducts with no winglets.
FIA’s Head of Technical Matters Nikolas Tombazis said recently that he expects the cars next season to be 1.5 seconds a lap slower than the 2018 machines. And Sebastian thinks that it would be comical, due to the implementation of more downforce in 2017: “I find it a bit comical. Why? In 2009 we went ‘oh let’s go, less aerodynamics and better racing’, and in fact it didn’t change too much. Then we said the cars were too slow, let’s go put more aerodynamic and make them wider, more spectacular. The drivers’ feedback was ‘thank you very much, spectacular, that’s what we like’. You see us more exhausted after the races now they want to make us slower again. I don’t know. It’s a bit like, I don’t know, cruising to America then changing direction a hundred times.” – he explained, as reported by the British media.
Sebastian Vettel only seemed to receive the news via his rival Lewis Hamilton in the post-qualifying press conference. Both four-time world champions agreed that drivers should have a say on the car regulations in the future: “I think you should ask us what we need to overtake. We are drivers. Not to say that we know everything, we don’t know anything about engineering a car but we know how to drive the cars, the feel, how to drive the cars and then what it takes to overtake. But they don’t really ask.” – he concluded.
Sebastian’s main title rival, Lewis Hamilton, added: “If you make us three seconds slower or a second and a half slower, it’s not going to make the racing any better and we just want to go faster, we want to improve technology, we want to push the boundaries and the limits. Is it the same people making the decisions every time, the same group, making the decision every time the rules go… not necessarily the best?. We should make the decisions.”