FIA ‘working on a solution’ to start light issues

Date published: March 22 2019

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With at least two drivers complaining they could not see the start lights in Melbourne due to other cars’ wings, the FIA are “working on a solution”.

This season Formula 1 has raised the rear wings in the hope that it will make it easier for the car behind to following by punching a bigger hole in the air.

The down side is, the new wings have made it harder for cars on the grid to see the start lights.

Robert Kubica complained that the wing on Carlos Sainz’s McLaren blocked the lights.

“I had a bit of panic because when I stopped I couldn’t see the lights,” said the Williams driver.

“The rear wing of the McLaren was hiding it.

“I could see the first block and not the rest. So I had to move to the left and it was a bit of a panic moment.”

And he wasn’t the only one with an issue.

Pierre Gasly explained: “With the new bigger rear wings, I couldn’t see the lights on the grid so I had to react with the cars around me and I lost a couple of places.”

The FIA have taken the comments on board and hope to have a solution in place in time for the next race in Bahrain.

A spokesman for motorsport’s governing body told Motorsport-Total.com that this was “an unintended consequence of the larger rear wing this year.

“We are working on a solution for the rest of the year starting at the Bahrain Grand Prix.”

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