What did we learn from the F1 launch week?

F1 fans were excited to see the unveiling of the new cars for the 2019 season in February this year and they were not disappointed.

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The acquisition of F1 by the US media company Liberty Media in 2016 opened up a new era in the sport and the new owners were quick to suggest that they would make the races more exciting.

Overtaking

With fans and sponsors concerned about the lack of overtaking opportunities, and the resultant lack of excitement during races, changes to the cars were inevitable. The new rule changes introduced for 2019 meant that engineers and designers faced challenges, and fans were keen to see the new-look cars prior to final testing, and the first races on the calendar.

Fans hoping to get a close-up of the cars during the season might check out ticket providers in May, such as F1 Paddock Club Monaco

The changes involved new look front and rear wings which were wider and higher. Fans eagerly awaited the opening Grand Prix in Melbourne, waiting to see if the new designs provided more thrills during the race. A one-two for Mercedes, though in the reverse order of what might have been expected, with pole sitter Lewis Hamilton being beaten by his team mate Valtteri Bottas, did not bode well for the future unless you are a fan of the Silver Arrows.

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Testing

Ferrari had excited followers in pre-season testing. With a new leader in Mattia Binotto and the exciting Charles Leclerc joining four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel, in the cockpit, hopes were high for the new Scuderia outfit. Melbourne only produced disappointment with Vettel caught on the radio asking his engineers why the car was so slow.

Red Bull’s new design performed better, with Max Verstappen making the podium, and it looks set to provide results, which the launch week promised. Racing Point, the former Force India, also caught the eye. McLaren hopes to make a step forward with the MCL34 and new British pilot, Lando Norris, performed well in the opening race.

After the launch week, Williams caused concern by failing to arrive for testing on time.
Visitors to all F1 sessions will find access available at sites such as F1 Paddock Club Monaco.

The new season looks set to be competitive, but will the designs deliver excitement?

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