Grosjean: Overtaking no easier in Australia

Grosjean: Overtaking no easier in Australia

Romain Grosjean says overtaking was made no easier with the new-for-2019 front wing designs at the Australian Grand Prix. In a bid to help drivers to follow and pass their rivals, Formula 1 introduced new aerodynamic regulations for 2019, including the wider front wing.

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“Following has become easier, overtaking not,” he is quoted by Speed Week.

“In the race I got the impression that it has become easier to follow. That’s good.

“But the tyres are still prone to overheating as you speed up. So overtaking is still very difficult.

“You can follow closely, but the tyres get too hot, they slide, they lose grip.

“The wings were a step in the right direction, but now we need stronger tyres that will not break down like that.”

The next two circuits on the calendar, Bahrain and China, have much better reputations for overtaking, and will offer a more representative reflection of the impact of the new regulations.