Published: Sun, September 16, 2018

Hamilton likes the look of F1's future cars

Hamilton likes the look of F1's future cars

Ferrari have taken the fight to Mercedes this year, with Red Bull getting involved and fighting for top honours, too.

He said the aim was for the FIA to produce a set of regulations by the end of next year, to ensure all teams had enough time to work on their new designs.

High on the agenda, then, is a solution to allow cars to follow each other more easily, which in turn should increase the opportunities to overtake. "The aesthetics of the auto for me are very important".

"When we started looking at the 2021 auto, the primary objective was to enable the cars to race well together", said Formula 1 Director of Motorsports Brawn.

"What our research showed early on is that the current cars are very bad at following each other".

"The current cars, once they get within two or three vehicle lengths, they can lose up to 50 per cent of their performance", said Brawn.

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 auto if necessary to protect the rubber. "We've got cars now which will maintain 80 percent, so a substantial improvement".

"But alongside that, we wanted to make sure that we have some great looking cars. They look better but there are a lot of technical reasons why we want them".

Ross Brawn said of this design: "As the aerodynamicists were evolving the vehicle, the graphics designer was taking where they were and trying to capture it at each stage".

'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. The prime goal of the work we're doing is to try and produce cars which are more raceable. "F1 is the pinnacle of motorsport and the auto should look sensational".

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

Earlier this week, Brawn and Pirelli racing boss Mario Isola spoke to fans during a Tech Talk in which the F1 sporting boss revealed a concept vehicle for 2021.

In a presentation at the Singapore GP, Ross Brawn said plans for the next generation of cars had evolved across three different concepts over the past 12 months with all teams engaged in providing analysis and feedback. The concept molds some of the sleek looks from Concept 1 (with the stretched halo) and some of the more aggressive bits from Concept 2. "One of the things you'll see is the bigger wheels". The 18-inch wheels that will be a part of the future F1 tyre contract are visible too. 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.

The most current is the third concept but Brawn admits there is still some way to go. However, in this concept you can see the first signs of devices to control the way the airflow comes of the wheels.

"The tyres and the wheels are the dirtiest area of the auto, they cause huge disruption in the airflow", says Brawn.

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