Abiteboul doubts 2019 rules will shake up competitive order | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul says the rules changes for the 2019 F1 season are not drastic enough to cause a 2009-style upending of the competitive order.

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What they say

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said yesterday he considers every F1 team a potential threat due to the possibilities offered by the new rules, but Abiteboul gave a different view when asked if the regulations changes were likely to shake up the competitive order:

I’d like to say so, I’d like to say yes. But in reality… you want to create the expectation for the new championship but we don’t think that it’s a change of regulations that’s big enough to really shift completely the order.

I think you need to be a bit more radical [with] the change first, and secondly to leave more space for innovation. If you really want to create something, look at last time it was something strange happening it was Brawn, really, because there was a big change of regulation and room for innovation. Here you could argue that first it’s a small change of regulation.

But that doesn’t go from what we could see – maybe we missed something – into rewarding innovation. Because if you look at the regulation on the front wings there is no real room for innovation. So I think that’s a mix of both that needs to happen: Big change plus innovation if you really want something unexpected to happen.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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