Formula 1 cars change look for 2021



Formula 1 will have radically different cars in 2021, new rules and tighter control of expenses, which should lead to a hotter fight between drivers and teams to the benefit of amateurs.

Let's start with the cars. Their all-new design features streamlined lines, simplified front fins, larger rear fins, optimized aerodynamics underneath, modified suspension and new low profile tires with wheels. 18 inches.

It is even proposed that they be equipped with a rotating LED display that provides information to viewers - no kidding. Another billboard is also available for the bodywork.

Then, in order to allow F1 cars to drive closer to each other, the airflow they leave behind will be cleaner and directed higher, which will affect drivers who follow closely and give them a better chance of overtaking, it is promised.

The engines will remain the same, but each driver will now only be entitled to six exhaust systems and three gearboxes during the season before being penalized. The design of these boxes will be more restrictive and can only be reviewed once every five years.

Cars will weigh an additional 25 kilograms - and therefore be a little slower - due to new tires, changes to the chassis to reduce costs, additional safety measures and the introduction of standardised parts (for example, fuel pumps).

As mentioned earlier, regulations will also change significantly. For the first time in its history, F1 will impose a cap of $175 million (U.S.) per year on track performance (marketing costs, drivers' salaries and those of the top three executives are excluded). It had become inevitable to end the growing gap between the most expensive and less resourced stables.

In addition, the number of car modifications allowed during Grand Prix weekends and aerodynamic modifications during the season will be limited. Ditto for wind tunnel testing (computer simulations will be more pre-prioritized).

Finally, In the coming weeks, F1 will unveil a plan to "reduce and eventually eliminate the environmental impact of sport and business." These are beautiful politically correct words that make us very skeptical.

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