Kimi Raikkonen, Alfa Romeo, Bahrain International Circuit, 2019

Raikkonen: New aero rules have made it easier to follow cars

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In the round-up: Kimi Raikkonen says the changes made to cars for the 2019 F1 season, including reshaped front and rear wings, have made it easier for drivers to follow each other more closely:

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I don’t know if I overtook anybody in the new DRS. But I think the cars for sure lets you get more closer undisturbed.

I think exits are still tricky when you’re really close. But I think the cars are more easy to follow now, getting closer.

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F1 already has some minimum cockpit dimensions but does it need to go forther, as George Russell suggests?

I quite like the idea of a standard driver tub. I’d rather see a driver picked for their talent, not their ability to fit in a small space.

At the end of the day, it’s not something we see and it’s something the teams would quickly accommodate, even if they whinged a bit.
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  • 46 comments on “Raikkonen: New aero rules have made it easier to follow cars”

    1. Re COTD
      Lets just accommodate a 7feet driver and be done with it.

    2. If you follow follow the link about Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, make sure to try the time lapse function on the North View and South View!

    3. It is interesting to see how different viewers are giving differing opinions on the ability to follow cars with the new outwash changes this year. It makes me wonder if that is also indicative of how different teams (and design philosophies) are affecting the ability of their car to follow.

      1. Well Kimi should know all about following.


        Sorry Kimi, couldn’t resist it, didn’t mean it.

        1. As Kimi’s fan ..I thought the same.
          Kimi is bad on 3 things:
          1. Never block inside from overtaker
          2. Worst slipsteamer on the grid
          3. Never thought of unfair moves

          1. And most important.. He really sucks in rain!

            1. He was wayyyyy faster than max in hungary-quali and in the race in germany. He probably would have lapped max if the SC hadn’t come out; max was terrible in the rain last year.

      2. @phylyp You read my mind. It would perhaps be hard to compare each drivers experience because it depends on what car they’re in, following what car. Seems some cars are perhaps a little easier to follow if they are making a little less wake, and some follow easier if they are a little less sensitive, or perhaps treat their front tires a little better in the turbulence.

        1. He’s probably comparing last years winning cars, with this years also ran’s. Not wrong in what he is seeing but not realising he is comparing apples with oranges.

      3. Yeah– the Mercedes has the closest to a “traditional” wing design, and the Sauber has the biggest difference in design from last year’s wings. Hamilton says there’s no difference, Raikkonen says there is.

        Maybe they’re both right.

        1. The impact is supposed to come primarily from the wing design of the leading car, rather than your own wing.

          1. True– but perhaps the inboard-heavy design of the Sauber wing makes it less sensitive to the wake of the car in front.

            Although if the article on the BBC site was accurate, it means Mercedes has much more room to develop it’s wing– the car will be more persnickety, but should have a wider range of performance available.

    4. A win in China next week should award 1000 points.
      Where is Bernie to propose that?

      1. The Chinese refused to pay twice the price so they dropped it.

        1. @hohum – someone’s feeling chipper on a Saturday morning :)

    5. “It is all a consequence of us running an interim version of our car at the final day of testing in Barcelona. We did not have the complete package available after Gasly’s crash.”

      Marko already feeling ghastly about Gasly in blaming RBR’s parts shortage on Pierre.

      1. It seems they’re testing his metal strength.
        Clearly not running short on posts for that test ;)

        1. Or…Marko is simply stating a fact, and he and PG have already moved well past the ‘stuff happens’ conversation. After all, I’m sure PG didn’t do it on purpose, and felt terrible about the unforeseen consequences of the crash, and has been consoled by the team. He sure doesn’t appear to be downtrodden and psychologically damaged, and indeed had a better second race than the first.

    6. I deny having anything to do with Charles’ injection problem!

    7. Red Bull (or in this case Marko) should really stop blaming Pierre for the lack of performance of the car.

      What he says might very well be true. But if that is the case the real person responsible would be the one who made the decision to make the performance of the first 4 races depend one single (last) day of testing.

      The chances of missing a whole day are considerable, no matter what team, engine or driver. Even experienced drivers can make mistakes and crash. There can be engine issues or electrical problems. Or it might even have rained on that day making the day useless in terms of data collection.

      So if what Marko says is really true, Red Bull should take a hard look at themselves and make sure they don’t plan their testing schedules so tightly in the future.

      1. @vvans I couldn’t have put it any better. I Thoroughly agree with you.

        1. @vvans Let’s not make it sound like every time Marko sees Pierre in the garage he sneers at him or something. Even Marko with his cut to the chase comments knows that denigrating one of his drivers would not help advance the cause. I’m quite sure Marko knows that any number of things could have cost them delays from testing, but in this case it was PG’s crash. That happens, Marko knows it, and in this case it is a factual reason as to why they are behind where they wanted or expected to be at this point in time. As to not planning their testing schedule so tightly next time? Yeah I’m pretty sure that’s unavoidable with such limited numbers of testing days. Does any team ever come to their final definitive package within 7 days of on 8 day test, or is it a never ending process of refining these cars from the beginning of testing to the end of the season?

          1. @robbie, Marko, denigrate 1 of his drivers !? Whatever will they think of next?

    8. Marko added the weakness in its car is a consequence of pre-season testing at Barcelona.

      Yes testing without Ricciardo :)

      1. And testing with Ricciardo results in a very fast Renault.. Not.

        1. Yes. That’s why they didn’t let RIC test in ADhabi. And yes, the REN is closer to the RB than last year, with a much smaller budget.

        2. Actually Renault does have a very fast car.

    9. “Charles slowed by short circuit”, what like Monaco or Austria?

      1. @danielh

        Ferrari technicians and engineers traced the fault on the car to a short circuit within an injection system control unit. This type of problem had never been seen before on the component in question.

    10. So Kimi then says cars are easier to follow. I hazard to mention again, that front running teams are much more prone to struggle in dirty air.

      As for COTD, I agree fully. Driver tubes should be speced for atleast 75kg 185cm driver. There should be minimum dimensions to accomodate this.

      1. @jureo They’re already specced for a 80 kg, 190 cm driver – the problem is that there’s nothing in there to specify this has to be compatible with actual existing 80 kg, 190 cm drivers or driver candidates (as long as ther is a 190 cm person who fits in there, the team’s in the clear), or let alone whether it has to be a comfortable fit (by the same definition of “comfortable” as shorter, lighter drivers take for granted).

    11. It may be it’s Haas easier to follow other cars, as consequences of displace the fewest surface on front wing so, less sensible to wind turbulence.

      1. Oops. I meant Alfa Romeo..

    12. Regarding the article on the paddock renovation at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve: Hopefully, everything’s going to be ready in time by the Canadian GP in the first half of June. Approximately two months left to get everything complete in time.

      Regarding the ‘From the forum’ section: I think you mean ‘next week’ rather than ‘next year.’

      1. I had the opportunity to walk round the track 2 weeks ago, and they have a lot to finish! And that’s assuming the 4ft of snow at the side of the track melts too…

        The pit buildings still need an exterior, and probably an interior, and the pit lane needs tarmac. That said, those time lapse videos really show them working fast!

        I was also surprised by the poor quality of the tarmac on the track. It’s definitely not the billiard table that is Silverstone. Good to see :-)

          1. @erikje @johnh @jerejj Perhaps they’re referring to this year’s Silverstone surface, which is being relaid next month (I know because my 10 k running race got moved to accommodate it)?

    13. There are already karting classes for heavy weights and goalposts have been moved over the years to accomodate bigger built drivers even though our potential superior arm strength is an advantage.
      The truth is the drivers filtering through to the top with talent – ultra fast reactions and finesse are usually the smaller built ones.

      The current weights in F1 are that of a light heavy weight boxer. Go back to cars without power steering and brakes, the bigger drives should get an advantage.

      1. Big Joe, you seem to be mixing up the idea of raw strength with stamina, as usually the latter factor has been much more important in motorsport than outright strength.

        If you look at drivers of the past in eras without power steering, they’ve never had an especially heavy build – quite a lot of drivers from the 1980s and 1990s weighed about the same as most drivers do these days. Equally, if you look at IndyCar drivers, even though those cars do not use power steering, their training regimes are still fairly heavily cardiovascular based since it’s not just about peak muscle strength, but stamina and sustained muscular activity.

    14. I think Kimi can only capable of telling the truth.

      Another article mentioning Gasly’s crash in Barcelona cause delay of Red Bull development. Now from Helmut Marko. This is keep coming back, like foreshadowing future driver line up decision.

    15. Au contraire, I’d say GAS for sure looks more stressed and under pressure than ever. Away ago seems his care-free attitude and flair.

      It sounds ridiculous to blame a driver for a shortage in parts/package, esp as max crashed and damaged his car in the double digits. And consoled by the team? By putting out every week a new PR-message that it’s due to PGs crash that they’re slow, marko, horner and max taking turns? I’m sure PG feels very consoled.

      1. Well since Red Bull can’t blame Renault for their failures anymore, they need a new scapegoat.

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