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F1 reveals images of 2021 vehicle concepts

F1 reveals images of 2021 vehicle concepts

The design will continue to evolve over the next year but here's a first look at the concepts that will shape F1's future...

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 I want exciting-looking cars".

F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn said the main goal was "to produce cars that are more raceable". 'What we established early on in our research is the cars we have now are very bad in following each other.

"With the current cars, when they get to within two to three vehicle lengths, they can lose 50% of performance, the tyres degrade more and it becomes very challenging".

"The prime goal of what we are doing is to try and produce cars that are more raceable.at the moment we've got designs that only lose 20 per cent of their performance".

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. "At the moment we have (new) designs that only lose 20 per cent - maintain 80 per cent".

"When we started looking at the 2021 auto, the primary objective was to enable the cars to race well together". We want cars that look better than what you see in a video game, cars that kids want to have up on their walls.

Ross Brawn said of this design: "As the aerodynamicists were evolving the auto, the graphics designer was taking where they were and trying to capture it at each stage".

"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".

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"The primary thing we're doing is trying to reduce the amount of performance lost to a following auto", Brawn said. "I'm def gonna be driving if cars look like this... just please bring a V12 or V10 back".

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

However, with new Formula One owner Liberty Media continuing to work with teams on the plans for 2021, it is unclear how much of this concept will be seen on tracks in three years time.

The sleek and aggressive cars featured bigger wheels with a more integrated halo head-protection system and simpler front and rear wings.

"When we started looking at the 2021 vehicle, the primary objective was to enable the cars to race well together", Brawn said.

Perhaps most notably, the concept featured the new 18-inch wheels which form part of the future F1 tyre tender contract.

A further refining of those ideas has led to the third, most up-to-date concept.

Brawn maintains that the tyres and wheels are still the dirtiest areas of the vehicle and can still cause huge disruption to the car's airflow.


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