F1 cars to use rear wing lights in 2019 | 2019 F1 season

Rear wing lights will be added to Formula 1 cars in 2019, the FIA has ruled.

A meeting of the World Motor Sport Council today approved a series of changes to the cars for next season including “rear endplate lights are to be added for safety”. Mercedes ran a version of the lights in testing earlier this year.

Other changes agreed for next year’s cars include re-positioned onboard cameras “to improve the TV spectacle”.

As previously reported, next year’s cars will also feature taller rear wings in order to improve drivers’ visibility from their mirrors. There will also be “minor modifications” to the rules governing Halo fairings “for safety reasons during a potential driver extraction”, according to the FIA.

Changes to the sporting regulations for next season were also agreed. A change to the Safety Car rules will introduce “a consistent point at which drivers may overtake when the Safety Car returns to the pits [which] will be the same in all three types of restart.”

From next year a chequered light panel will be introduced to signal the end of races, although the chequered flag will still be used. This year’s Canadian Grand Prix was brought to an end one lap early when the chequered flag was waved in error.

Teams will also be responsible for “initial scrutineering” of their cars from next year. “Before the cars go on track for the first time, teams must declare conformity with all safety related matters,” the FIA announced.

A change to the rules on team personnel curfews has been agreed to come into force in 2020. It will increase the length of time team staff must be outside the paddock from eight hours to nine.

This article will be updated.

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