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Raikkonen Pleased With New Aero Rules

Raikkonen Pleased With New Aero Rules

Alfa Romeo racer Kimi Raikkonen says alterations to aerodynamic rules have helped drivers this season when racing close.

New regulations set by the FIA have altered the rules for aerodynamics – including simpler front end plates and wider front wings.

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The sport had attracted much criticism in recent years for a lack of overtaking due to the difficulty drivers face when trying to pass each other.

The new rules are thought to try and inject more excitement for fans instead of watching a procession.

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Raikkonen was eighth in Bahrain, one place behind McLaren rookie Lando Norris and while he could not get past the Brit rookie in the race, says the new rules gave him a better chance. “Yeah, I think it’s more close,” he said when asked by Autosport if it is now easier to follow.

“Exits are still tricky, but you can get more close on the end of the corners and stuff like that. “Low speed corners we seem to still struggle, but maybe the conditions [in Bahrain] had an effect. “We can get closer. Overtaking is still difficult, but I think it gives us a bit more of a chance.”

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