Hulkenberg: Rear wing like a parachute

Date published: February 24 2019

The new rear wing is like a parachute says Nico Hulkenberg.

Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg believes the newly-designed 2019 rear wing is like having a “parachute” on the straights.

Included as part of a raft of changes in 2019 to improve racing, the rear wing has been made larger with a greater DRS benefit.

According to the the German, this change is having a big effect on how the Renault handles in a straight line.

“I would say yes,” said the German when asked by Motorsport.com if the RS19’s engine felt more powerful.

“But on the other hand, you know, we have a lot more drag with a big rear wing, so that obviously you have less of that sensation.

“It’s like pulling a parachute now, you know, across the straight, and you just see that massive rear wing in the mirrors, and obviously that has an impact on the feel of power.”

Hulkenberg set the fastest lap of the first test in Barcelona, but he believes the R.S.19 isn’t far different from the 2018 edition.

“It doesn’t feel a completely different animal, it was more of a feeling like coming home,” he said.

“For me anyway it hasn’t changed that much. We have the same steering wheel for example, the seating position is very similar, so perhaps I also wasn’t expecting a huge difference.

“Obviously the aero regulations it was difficult to kind of judge and anticipate how that would impact the feeling, but for now it’s not so different.”

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