F1 reveals 2021 concept cars with aim to improve racing

Danny Woods
September 16, 2018

As we've previously discussed, the sport's technical rulebook is going to be thoroughly revised for the 2021 season in an attempt to cure a number of ills including the inability of one auto to follow closely behind another due to the effect of turbulent air.

While its a known fact that the Formula 1 cars will be witnessing a major overhaul in 2021 with the new regulations stepping in, we have little idea as to what the cars will look like, until now.

"But alongside that, we wanted to make sure that we have some great looking cars".

In a presentation at the Singapore GP, Ross Brawn said plans for the next generation of cars had evolved across three different concepts over the past 12 months with all teams engaged in providing analysis and feedback. "With the current cars, when they get to within two to three auto lengths, they can lose 50 per cent of performance, the tyres degrade more and it becomes very challenging".

"In doing this project, we recognised there are some features that benefits come from the nature of the flow that comes off the auto in front and the sensitivity of the vehicle behind to that", Brawn said".

It's fair to say there's a certain amount of consternation about contemporary F1 cars; specifically the relatively limited opportunities they seem to offer for overtaking and close, fast, racing. I think one of the things you can see on these cars, the bigger wheels which we plan to go to in 2021, is we give a more modern feel to the vehicle. "But I want exciting-looking cars". "F1 is the pinnacle of motorsport and the auto should look sensational".

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There is around another year or so of further research and development to come, with a target of having a framework in place by the end of 2019.

"We want to create an environment where there is a queue of people wanting to join F1", added Brawn.

"If you remember Manor a few years previously couldn't sell the team".

Not only does F1 want to improve aerodynamics for the next F1 cars, but there's a real passion to design drool-worthy racers again.

"The encouraging thing is that the teams are now involved with us. F1 is a great opportunity to promote technology and through F1 in Schools, for the younger students, then there's Formula Student, which is a competition that goes on in universities".

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