Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

F1 unveils 2021 concept cars to improve racing

F1 unveils 2021 concept cars to improve racing

It's been one of the hottest topics in Formula 1 all year - how will the sport look when Liberty Media's 2021 vision becomes a reality? "Next year is an important barometer to see how much impact it has on the ability for the cars to follow".

F1 sporting boss Ross Brawn said the main objective 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".

"The current cars lose up to 50 per cent of their performance once they get to within one or two vehicle lengths. which means they struggle to race each other", added the Briton.

For those starting on the hyper-soft, Pirelli recommends switching to the soft on lap 13, but such is the gap in performance between the hyper-soft and soft when new - over two seconds according to Mercedes - most teams are expected to opt for the ultra-soft and curb the pace of the vehicle if necessary to protect the rubber.

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. I'm pleased to say we're at about 80%.

"I'm pretty optimistic we are going to produce some great looking cars and the are going to be able to race more closely than in the past", he said. Brawn said the cars need to look so good that young fans will want posters of them on their walls. At each stage, as we have been evolving the vehicle, we've had someone we are working with create a graphic representation artist to give us a feel of what the auto could look like.

'When we started looking at the 2021 vehicle, the primary objective was to enable the cars to race well together, ' Brawn told the official website. We want a auto that is inspiring. You do see a more seamlessly integrated halo device in the design of the F1 vehicle.

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

For a look at the concept vehicle a complete breakdown, check out the story on the Formula 1 website. It looks curvier, yet somehow more aggressive.

The auto not only features 18-inch wheels, which F1 is planning on racing from 2021 onwards, but a simpler overall design.

"Concept 2 is a bit more extreme", he admits. "One of the things you'll see is the bigger wheels". And naturally, the cars are shown with 18-inch wheels. We started the ball rolling, but all of the teams now have models that we've initiated and they're looking at them and feeding back into us, what they're finding with these models in their own analysis.

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. "We are starting to look at devices that can stabilise the flow as it comes of the wheel". That will still allow for time for a period of refinement.

"In doing this project, we recognised there are some features that benefits come from the nature of the flow that comes off the vehicle in front and the sensitivity of the auto behind to that", Brawn said". "The encouraging thing when Force India ran into trouble was that it had a number of suitors that wanted to buy it".

"Everybody goes their way sometimes, but I think at the end we can find the solution". Further details have just been released on the official F1 website, we'll be sure to have a peruse over these and garner information on some of the key changes. "But I want exciting-looking cars".

"We're short of engineers of the future".

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