Ross Brawn, Formula One's managing director of motorsports, told reporters at the Singapore Grand Prix that the intention was to develop cars that are "more raceable" and that fans would be eager to stick pictures of the new vehicles up on their walls.
An overhaul of auto rules set to be introduced in three years time has led to ideas of changes to the aesthetics of recent Formula One cars. And even if the event was closed to the public, images showing the racer did surface online.
'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 halo is largely a separate part adapted to the current design, but what would a 2021 Formula 1 vehicle look like, with the halo a more integral part of the car's looks? For the 2019 season, F1 already announced a simplified front wing with a larger span and low outwash potential, a simplified front brake duct with no winglets and a wider and deeper rear wing. Previous regulation changes have resulted in unexpected and ugly design elements, and Brawn admits the first season of cars may not look exactly like the concepts.
First up was the goal of integrating the Halo safety device so that it looks more like a part of the auto, and less like an ugly afterthought.
"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. That's a substantial amount of performance lost.
Reacting to images originally posted social media, Hamilton said in an Instagram Story: "I'm def gonna [sic] be driving if cars look like this...just please bring a V12 or V10 [engine] back".
"I was looking at the vehicle presented a couple of days ago by Ross", he told reporters in a news conference after first practise.
"With the current cars, when they get to within two to three vehicle lengths, they can lose 50% of performance, the tyres degrade more and it becomes very challenging". I'm pleased to say we're at about 80 per cent [downforce retention]. So we set about understanding why that was and how we can improve it. The prime objective of the work we're doing is to try and produce cars which are more raceable.
How do we want to continue to develop cars that are attractive for the public?
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