As a consequence of the higher back wings that came as part of the brand newest 20-19 aerodynamic rules, a range of drivers at the rear of the grid unearthed that their opinion of the chief launching lights at Melbourne was blocked.
Williams’ George Russell disclosed he had to utilize a window reflection of their lights to become in a position to work out when the race was starting.
“I had been looking all around and I wound up watching the lights throughout the reflection of this Paddock Club [f 1 hospitality] windows,” he admitted.
“I had been sat looking, with my mind at a 45-degree angle along with my beginning was awful because I was searching for a couple of moments, where you should proceed, then realised that it had been the fifth light and realised my hand had been at the wrong position.”
The FIA became aware of the situation after Australia and it has assessed how best to fix the problem to ensure there isn’t any duplicate situation.
A decision has been chosen to install a set of repeater lights halfway down the grid, that may ensure drivers at the rear is able to see the light arrangement clearly.
It is understood that the repeater lighting solution in Bahrain will be just a fourth and fourth light, therefore drivers know if the race arrangement is underway.
Long duration, a complete group of five lights may be installed if it proves necessary.
F1 has already established such a set of repeater lights when high wings from 2009 triggered similar reliability problems. But they certainly were removed when new lower wings from 2017 meant these were no longer wanted.
Last year, the repeater lights were put lower down in the front end of the grid to make certain that drivers might still see lights if their opinion of the most important gantry was blocked by the halo. These have stayed in place for this particular season.
Extra beginning lights onto front directly
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