Brawn reveals Liberty’s 2021 concept vehicle

Sergio Cunningham
September 16, 2018

In partnership with the FIA, the sport is working on new concepts for future regulations and in unveiling images of those plans, Brawn says the biggest focus is on ability to race and aesthetics.

"We see it in other forms of racing, but they are often categories with fixed designs and everyone races the same vehicle".

F1 has revealed its striking concept cars for 2021 with the aim of making it easier for drivers to race 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.

F1 has been working on a new auto design for about a year, the 63-year-old former Mercedes and Brawn team boss said, collaborating with governing body the FIA and the teams on alleviating the problem whereby a vehicle behind another loses a significant amount of its performance. The year 2021 stands to be key in Liberty's ownership of F1 as they are set to introduce a raft of new regulations, including new engines and tyres. I think everyone agrees we want great-looking Formula 1 cars.

Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton gave a positive reaction to the new regulations.

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Despite Wednesday's seminar being behind close doors, images of the concept auto were soon doing the rounds across popular social media sites, allowing fans a glimpse into what may be on their screens come 2021.

"This shit is dope af [as f***]". If the cars really can look like this and improve the racing, then it can't come soon enough!

Not everyone was convinced, however.

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene offered more of a verbal shrug, however. The visual aspect is just one part, however. The costs of running a current F1 auto are astronomical, with over £100 million invested just into the front wing alone.

By shifting the role of tire wake control to these new aerodynamic appendages behind the front wheels, that turbulent air will be sent on its way regardless of whether the front wing is in clean or dirty air. I was asking our engineers what they thought about this, they said it's a bit underwhelming in their opinion and it looks like an old ChampCar. Still, I am curious how hard the notoriously change-resistant teams will push back in the coming months before Brawn finalizes the 2021 rule book.

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