"When we started looking at the 2021 vehicle, the primary objective was to enable the cars to race well together", said Formula 1 Director of Motorsports Brawn.
Earlier this week, Brawn and Pirelli racing boss Mario Isola spoke to fans during a Tech Talk in which the F1 sporting boss revealed a concept auto for 2021.
These proposals were to streamline the development of the cars and develop a financially sustainable future for the sport which would allow the entry of more teams and hopefully, a wider range of manufacturers. Estimating that the current regulations mean a 50 per cent reduction in downforce in this situation, Brawn says the new regulation has improved this by 30 per cent, so that a auto only loses 20 per cent downforce. "We've got cars now which will maintain 80 percent, so a substantial improvement". The image below represents a guideline into how the new cars could look.
But so far, Brawn said the teams were behind the project ahead of a planned publication of the final regulations towards the end of 2019.
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. But there is also a desire to have cars that look so good, kids want to have posters of them on their walls.
"I am pretty optimistic that we will produce some great looking cars and they will be able to race each other much more effectively than they were in the past". Notably, the concept also features 18-inch wheels instead of the current 13s.
"We're listening to what the fans want, we want to engage with their passion, we want them to feel that Formula One is listening to them".
"We want to create an environment where there is a queue of people wanting to join F1", he admits.
"They look better but there are a lot of technical reasons why we want them", Brawn, said. If you remember Manor a few years previously couldn't sell the team. I think it's the first time Formula 1 has majored on these aspects. "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", says Brawn. "But we are quite encouraged with the cooperation with the teams at the moment and that will change of course at some point in the future when they move into a competitive mode rather than a cooperative mode".
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