This week's confirmation that Formula 1 will introduce aerodynamic modifications to improve overtaking in 2019 has been well received by fans worldwide who want to see more action on track. It's also one of the first clear signs that F1's owner Liberty Media and the FIA are working well together to improve the show, with 2021 targeted for the definitive package of changes.
The way the proposals were approved reflects how complex the road ahead will be over the next two or three years, as they were rushed through at the very last minute, and against the wishes of several teams. It was touch and go whether there would be an agreement, but in the end, there was - to the surprise of the teams who expected the plans to be blocked.
The speed with which this saga unfolded is impressive. Consider that it kicked off when FIA president Jean Todt reacted to what many people viewed as a boring Australian Grand Prix by getting together with F1 boss Chase Carey and discussing what could be done. Just five weeks later some significant technical changes have been proposed, debated, researched, voted on and finally agreed on the very last day that the 2019 regs could be modified.