Formula 1 reveals 2021 auto concepts

Brenda Watkins
September 16, 2018

Attending the closed-door event was Formula One Managing Director of Motorsports Ross Brawn, who presented several of the changes the governing body expects to be making in the years ahead for one of the world's premiere racing series.

Formula One showed off a vision of its auto of the future on Friday (Sep 14) and world champion Lewis Hamilton liked what he saw, even if Ferrari were less excited. And even if the event was closed to the public, images showing the racer did surface online.

Brawn's vision for the new look cars, set for 2021, was delivered in a "tech talk" seminar held by race organisers in Singapore on Wednesday night.

After one idea for a new-look vehicle was leaked on social media ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, Brawn officially released the full scope of the vision that F1 has. For the 2019 season, F1 already announced a simplified front wing with a larger span and low outwash potential, a simplified front brake duct with no winglets and a wider and deeper rear wing. "I'm def gonna be driving if cars look like this... just please bring a V12 or V10 back".

While its a known fact that the Formula 1 cars will be witnessing a major overhaul in 2021 with the new regulations stepping in, we have little idea as to what the cars will look like, until now. "They look better but there are a lot of technical reasons why we want them", Brawn, said. "The aesthetics of the vehicle for me are very important - I think everyone agrees we want great looking Formula One cars".

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Other elements that have been worked on include a more aesthetic implementation of the halo, with the device also set for refinement in 2021.

"We've been working on the new vehicle for over 12 months now", Brawn said. At the moment we have got designs which only lose 20 per cent, so they are at 80 per cent of their performance.

"The primary thing we're doing is trying to reduce the amount of performance lost to a following auto", Brawn said.

"The current cars, once they get within two or three auto lengths, they can lose up to 50 per cent of their performance", said Brawn. "But I want exciting-looking cars". All I can say is good luck!

'That is not to control the development, because it's critical this development achieves its objectives, but why shouldn't we have great looking cars as we're evolving the cars?

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