Overtaking is easier according to Kimi Raikkonen
Kimi Raikkonen claims the new aerodynamic changes introduced in the 2019 are making overtaking easier.
Kimi Raikkonen ended the last race in Bahrain at the eight place, behind the Mclaren’s rookie Lando Norris.
Despite his faster pace, the finnish driver did not manage to pass Norris. Nevertheless, Kimi Raikkonen reckons that the aerodynamic changes introduced in 2019, with simpler endplates and wider front winds, are helping the drivers in finding a way to pass.
In particular, Raikkonen reckons that the new rules have made easier for Formula 1 cars to follow each other, resulting in more possibilities to overtake.
"Yeah, I think it's more close,"said Kimi Raikkonen.
"Exits are still tricky, but you can get more close on the end of the corners and stuff like that.
"Low speed corners we seem to still struggle, but maybe the conditions [in Bahrain] had an effect.
"We can get closer. Overtaking is still difficult, but I think it gives us a bit more chance."
Similarly, the Formula 1 Managing Director Ross Brawn affirms that he is satisfied with the new aero-regulations, underlining how the action occurred in Bahrain is a clear demonstration that the changes are having a positive impact.
"The effect of the new aero rules began to be felt in Melbourne and it was even more apparent in Sakhir," he said in his regular F1 briefing.
"The changes were introduced to improve the drivers' ability to race closely and they seem to be working.
"I'd say that we are only seeing the first signs, encouraging ones at that, and they have made for interesting racing, especially in Bahrain.
"It's not just down to the new rules, but the show we have seen in the first two races makes me feel optimistic about the rest of the season. In Shanghai we'll see if the improvement is repeated."
On the other hand, Lewis Hamilton does not believe in the positive impact of the new aerodynamics, remarking how difficult is following a car in Formula 1.
"Following is no different. It's made zero difference, it's still terrible,” affirmed Hamilton.