Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Hamilton likes the look of F1's future cars

Hamilton likes the look of F1's future cars

Style and substance. F1 has been working with the FIA and the teams to create a Formula 1 auto for 2021 that delivers better racing and has the looks to match. "I'm pleased to say we're at about 80 [percent]". Nevertheless, the sport's promoters Liberty Media have time and again said that the new auto will help make the sport more exciting and attractive as it aims to appeal to a younger fan base.

While Brawn said the battles between Mercedes and Ferrari over the last two seasons had helped improve the sport's spectacle, the current aerodynamic rules were still prohibitive to sufficient wheel-to-wheel racing on many circuits.

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.

Three proposals showcase a few different directions the 2021 F1 racer could go, though none of them move the needle in a particularly dramatic fashion.

"Rather naively I put up this image on the screen and all the phones came out and that was it", he said.

"What we established early on in our research is the cars we have now are very bad in following each other". "How do (we) want to do it?"

"It is like a force field".

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"When you get into that condition where you're two or three vehicle lengths behind, then you're losing grip, the tyres degrade more, and it becomes very challenging".

"We can't eliminate that completely but we can reduce it, so the time differential for one vehicle to attack another can be much less".

"The current cars lose once they get within two or three cars lengths - they lose up to 50 percent of their performance, which is why when drivers are on the same tires of the same age, they struggle to race each other".

Brawn would not give further details of the aerodynamic concepts involved in reducing the effect of the wake of one auto impeding the performance of one behind.

However, with new Formula One owner Liberty Media continuing to work with teams on the plans for 2021, it is unclear how much of this concept will be seen on tracks in three years time. "We are starting to look at devices that can stabilise the flow as it comes of the wheel". But there is also a desire to have cars that look so good, kids want to have posters of them on their walls.

Around the sidepods, bodywork appears less complicated, and the joining of the engine cover and rear wing could suggest an extension to the DRS system, despite Brawn's desire to remove the overtaking tool.

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