Rear endplate lights among 2019 regulation changes

Following today’s meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, a number of changes have been announced to the 2019 Sporting Regulations.

Changes to the Safety Car regulations will ensure there is a consistent point at which drivers may overtake when the Safety Car returns to the pits. This will now be the same in all three types of restart.

The teams will also be responsible for the initial scrutineering of their cars, and before the cars head out on track for the first time, they must declare conformity with all safety related matters.

The official end-of-race signal will now be a chequered light panel, though the chequered flag will still be shown.

For 2020, the team personnel curfew – the amount of time for which all team personnel must be away from the track – will increase from eight to nine hours.

The Strategy Group and Commission proposals concerning the 2019 Technical Regulations were agreed, including:

Changes to the mirror regulations and also associated rear wing changes (height) for rear view visibility and safety, while the on-board camera regulations will be modified to improve the TV spectacle.

Following favourable tests, rear endplate lights are to be added for safety while minor modifications to the halo fairing are to be made for safety reasons during a potential driver extraction.