F1 reveals new vehicle designs for 2021

Brunilde Fioravanti
Settembre 16, 2018

"When you get into that position where you are two or three vehicle lengths behind, you are losing grip and the tyres degrade more and it becomes very challenging".

While initial reaction from fans has not been entirely positive, many comparing the look to IndyCar and Formula E, Brawn admits that it is early days and there is still some way to go before the final concept is presented. "With the current cars, when they get to within two to three vehicle lengths, they can lose 50 per cent of performance, the tyres degrade more and it becomes very challenging".

The most notable change in all three concepts is the introduction of fairings near the wheels to improve the airflow, with cars for 2019 already set to include changes to the front wings based on similar principles. "They look better but there are a lot of technical reasons why we want them". If the cars really can look like this and improve the racing, then it can't come soon enough!

Due to be introduced for the 2021 season, it'll be the first major rule change since Liberty Media took over ownership of the sport from Bernie Ecclestone and CVC in 2017. That was certainly on display in a series of concept cars for the 2021 season the racing series showed to the world on Friday ahead of this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.

'As time has gone on, another of the primary objectives was to make great looking cars.

The second concept focused more on the aerodynamics by simplifying the various appendages - all part of the goal of making overtaking easier.

"We see it in other forms of racing, but they are often categories with fixed designs and everyone races the same vehicle". But there is also a desire to have cars that look so good, kids want to have posters of them on their walls. "The encouraging thing when Force India ran into trouble was that it had a number of suitors that wanted to buy it".

"But there is no guarantee and I think the key thing is to be able to respond quickly when we see things that happen that are unintended".

Brawn is also hoping that the concepts will encourage teams to stay in F1 while also inspiring new teams to join the sport. If F1 creates the passion for young people to get involved on engineering, in science topics, and technology, that's a fantastic way of doing it.

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

"We're short of engineers of the future".

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