There are for now no official details on the design of the new vehicle, but the one in Ferrari livery pictured on the wall behind Brawn does show some differences when compared to the current design, including 18-inch wheels, revised front wings and rear endplates that arch around the wheels.
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. I think one of the things you can see on these cars, the bigger wheels which we plan to go to in 2021, is we give a more modern feel to the vehicle.
Lewis Hamilton, whose F1 contract with Mercedes runs to 2020, has given his early backing to the futuristic designs.
The three design concepts include simpler front and rear wings and a sweeping integrated halo cockpit protection system to improve aesthetics.
What's wrong with the cars now? "With the current cars, when they get to within two to three auto lengths, they can lose 50 per cent of performance, the tyres degrade more and it becomes very challenging". "Which is why when drivers are on the same tyres of the same age they struggle to race each other on some tracks". You can't get near it, because as soon as you do you lose performance and fall back, and you see people dropping back and the loss of performance degrades the tyres more than it should do.
"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".
"So a substantial improvement".
I don't know about you, but I love the way these three ideas look.
One of the main goals is to improve the level of racing by adjusting the aerodynamics of the cars in such a way that it makes it much easier for the cars to follow each other closely.
"The encouraging thing is that the teams are now involved with us". The teams have a limitation on the amount of aerodynamic testing they're allowed to do, but the FIA have granted them some extra time to work specifically on this project. "They look better but there are a lot of technical reasons why we want them".