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Formula 1 cars set to feature Rear Wing rain lights in bid to improve safety

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2018 Barcelona In-Season Test, Day 1 - Wolfgang Wilhelm

Formula 1 has backed a plan to implement rear wing rain lights starting in 2019, in an attempt to make the cars more visible in adverse weather conditions.

Reining World Champion Lewis Hamilton ran a prototype of the LED light strips, taking part in an evaluation study by the FIA at an official test day earlier this season.

As the trials demonstrated that the equipment was effective, a proposal has been submitted which makes them a requirement by regulation was brought to the teams during a vote held in the course of a Technical Regulations Meeting (TRM).  They will thus be used starting next season.

The next stage in the process is approval at the next Strategy Group, followed by ratification by the World Motor Sport Council, which then means the lights will officially be added to the rules.

The idea of adding the lights to the wing is not a new one, they are already used in several series including the FIA World Endurance Championship.

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