There will be three rule changes introduced to Formula 1 next season, which should have an impact on all teams and drivers.
As part of Liberty Media's mission to revamp the sport under their ownership, they have attempted to tackle issues regarding the weight of the drivers, potential safety weaknesses and fuel allowances.
Firstly, heavier drivers such as Nico Hülkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo will no longer have to worry about weight distribution as driver weight will now be considered separate to the car, rather than as a combined figure.
The expected minimum driver weight will be 80kg. Should a driver weigh less than this, a team will need to utilise a ballast to bring them up to the legal minimum weight.
This new regulation will mean that drivers won’t have to drastically cut calories prior to races and can maintain a more stable, nutrition-led lifestyle.
The ballast will be positioned adjacent to the driver’s seat, therefore reducing the advantage of the smaller, lighter drivers on the circuit.
Secondly, fuel allowances are set to increase to 110kg which should enable drivers to unlock the full potential of their engines.
The eco-friendly engines will benefit the most, whereas fuel guzzling teams such as Ferrari and Red Bull will certainly be at a disadvantage.
The safety of drivers is always of paramount concern to FIA: therefore, new gloves will be also mandatory for all drivers in 2019.
The gloves will feature a stitched sensor embedded in the fabric which will monitor the amount of oxygen contained in the blood before, during and after a crash. It will also provide information on a driver’s pulse rate throughout the race.
These changes should bring about an era of less frequent serious collisions and crashes, and will allow medical teams to assess drivers’ conditions with relative ease, should accidents happen on the track.
Every year in F1 we are seeing more and more beneficial changes for fans, as drivers will be able to push their cars to new limits without safety concerns coming into play.
And this year’s race to both the drivers and constructors title looks set to the be the closest we have seen for years with Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull all in contention.
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