Site logo

F1 gives first glimpse of its vision for 2021 cars

NEWS STORY
14/09/2018

With the sport, under its new ownership, looking to see "great fights, all the way down the field, every year", along with plans to limit spending and to share the prize money more evenly, F1 is seeking to not only make the drivers able to go head-to-head by means of new design regulations but to make the cars look "so good, kids want to have posters of them on their walls".

"When we started looking at the 2021 car, the primary objective was to enable the cars to race well together," says Ross Brawn, the sport's technical boss. "What we established early on in our research is the cars we have now are very bad in following each other.

"Once the cars get within a few car lengths of each other, they lose 50% of their downforce. That's a substantial amount of performance lost. So we set about understanding why that was and how we can improve it. I'm pleased to say we're at about 80%.

"As time has gone on, another of the primary objectives was to make great looking cars," he added. "We want cars that look better than what you see in a video game, cars that kids want to have up on their walls. At each stage, as we have been evolving the car, we've had someone we are working with create a graphic representation artist to give us a feel of what the car could look like.

"That is not to control the development, because it's critical this development achieves its objectives," he insists, "but why shouldn't we have great looking cars as we're evolving the cars? We want a car that is inspiring. F1 is the pinnacle of motorsport and the car should look sensational."

Working with the FIA, Brawn and his team have come up with a number of concepts, which are continually evolving.

The first demonstrated how the Halo could be made to be more aesthetically pleasing, while the second concept is more stylistic.

"As the aerodynamicists were evolving the car, the graphics designer was taking where they were and trying to capture it at each stage," reveals Brawn.

"Concept 2 is a bit more extreme," he admits. "One of the things you'll see is the bigger wheels. We're committed to 18-inch wheels for the future. They look better but there are a lot of technical reasons why we want them."

The most current is the third concept but Brawn admits there is still some way to go.

"The tyres and the wheels are the dirtiest area of the car, they cause huge disruption in the airflow," he says. "We are starting to look at devices that can stabilise the flow as it comes of the wheel. It's maturing as we go along."

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.

However, whatever look the sport decides on, Brawn admits that the powers-that-be are hoping it encourages new teams into the sport, while ensuring the current teams remain.

"We want to create an environment where there is a queue of people wanting to join F1," he admits. "The encouraging thing when Force India ran into trouble was that it had a number of suitors that wanted to buy it. If you remember Manor a few years previously couldn't sell the team. I think the confidence in F1 has since increased. We definitely want to have a queue of people that want to come into F1."

Brawn, who won F1 titles with Benetton, Ferrari and finally his own team, is also hoping the sport's new look will get youngsters involved.

"I've been involved in a number of initiatives where F1 is a catalyst to get young people's interest peaked in technology, the STEM topics - science, technology, engineering and maths," he says. "We're short of engineers of the future. 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.

"We want cars that are going to excite young people. 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."

Check out our Friday gallery from Singapore, here.

LATEST NEWS

more news >

RELATED ARTICLES

LATEST IMAGES

galleries >

  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images
  • Pitpass.com latest F1/Formula 1 images

POST A COMMENT

or Register for a Pitpass ID to have your say

Please note that all posts are reactively moderated and must adhere to the site's posting rules and etiquette.

Post your comment

READERS COMMENTS

 

1. Posted by FQITW, 15/09/2018 9:00

"" says Ross Brawn, the sport's technical boss. "What we established early on in our research is the cars we have now are very bad in following each other.


Meanwhile in an F1 office somewhere, Boss to secretary: “Please cancel Mr Einstein’s appointment, there’s no need for him to come in now.”
"

Rating: Neutral (0)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

2. Posted by Insane Reindeer, 15/09/2018 7:46

"Instead of some daft pictures (like all the teams actually care what their new cars are meant to look like?!) why on earth don't they talk about performance? I am as sure as tomorrow is another day that all the teams must have been running some of those new specifications in their simulators for a while now. Of course the teams want to keep their settings to them selves but the FIA and Liberty could easily average out the times that these cars would run and then release that as "we think that the 2021 spec cars could be 2.15 seconds a lap quicker under race conditions at the XYZ Grand Prix than the current cars." Not only would that give the fans something real to contemplate, it would also underscore F1's place as the home of the fastest lapping cars. Because lets face it, that "victory lap" that Porsche are taking with their "if we wrote the rule book" LMP1 car is making F1 look pretty damn lame.

I used to have a lot of admiration for Ross Brawn, and did think that he was the ideal choice for that job. But as time goes on I am loosing both admiration and faith in his ability to help keep F1 at the pinnacle. Has he sold out to the almighty TV dollar? I don't know, but from what he has said in public, coupled with things like this, I am beginning to think that he has."

Rating: Neutral (0)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

3. Posted by Burton, 14/09/2018 19:09

"A certain quote from Tropic Thunder comes to mind..
"

Rating: Neutral (0)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

4. Posted by kdxrider, 14/09/2018 18:26

"Oh-oh! I don't like the look of where this is going, why would F1 be designing a car now? If they're thinking of going down the old CART/IndiCar route, the new owners haven't learnt anything from what happened there, and you only have to look in the stands on race day to know what I'm talking about."

Rating: Neutral (0)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

5. Posted by Tardis40, 14/09/2018 18:22

"It isn't difficult to predict where this will ultimately go. Covered wheels and closed cockpits."

Rating: Neutral (0)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

6. Posted by RDFox, 14/09/2018 17:13

"I'm sure it's just coincidence that the track in the side-by-side rendering of the Ferrari and Merc versions looks like the front straightaway at Pocono Superspeedway in Pennsylvania, looking up into oval turn one as if they were running the track clockwise..."

Rating: Neutral (0)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

7. Posted by Liam III, 14/09/2018 16:34

"Notice the old logo on the rendering? Nice touch. "

Rating: Neutral (0)     Rate comment: Positive | NegativeReport this comment

Share this page

X

Copyright © Pitpass 2002 - 2019. All rights reserved.

about us  |  advertise  |  contact  |  privacy & security  |  rss  |  terms