F1 gives first glimpse of its vision for 2021 cars

Here's What Formula 1 Wants Its Cars To Look Like In 2021

Here's What Formula 1 Wants Its Cars To Look Like In 2021

High on the agenda, then, is a solution to allow cars to follow each other more easily, which in turn should increase the opportunities to overtake. But there is also a desire to have cars that look so good, kids want to have posters of them on their walls.

"When we started looking at the 2021 auto, the primary objective was to enable the cars to race well together", says Ross Brawn, the sport's technical boss.

"We've been working on the new auto for over 12 months now", Brawn said. "Once the cars get within a few auto lengths of each other, they lose 50 percent of their downforce".

"One of the primary objectives has been to work on the raceability of these cars and how well they could race each other, how close they could get to each other without losing substantial amounts of performance. At the moment we have (new) designs that only lose 20 per cent - maintain 80 per cent". Nevertheless, the sport's promoters Liberty Media have time and again said that the new auto will help make the sport more exciting and attractive as it aims to appeal to a younger fan base.

They have been compared to models seen in racing video games, and it will be noticeable that the auto is more of a solitary structure without multiple elements sticking out of place. "At each stage, as we have been evolving the auto, we've had someone we are working with create a graphic representation artist to give us a feel of what the vehicle could look like", he added.

"So I'm pretty optimistic that we're going to produce some great-looking cars that are going to be able to race each other much more effectively than they were in the past".

"So the prime objective of the work we are doing is trying to produce cars which are more raceable".


"They said it's a bit underwhelming in their opinion and it looks like an old Champ Car but it's an exercise".

F1 has worked hand in hand with governing body the FIA throughout, while the teams have been kept in the loop, too.

This process has led to a series of concepts, which have evolved in three stages - and will continue to develop.

The three design concepts include simpler front and rear wings and a sweeping integrated halo cockpit protection system to improve aesthetics. It looks curvier, yet somehow more aggressive. You can't get near it, because as soon as you do you lose performance and fall back, and you see people dropping back and the loss of performance degrades the tyres more than it should do.

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

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

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