F1 unveil new car designs from 2021 to enable Lewis Hamilton and Co’s cars to race ‘more closely’… as a new budget cap of £150m per team will also be introduced to improve competition
- F1 unveiled their new car designs on Thursday ahead of the American Grand Prix
- A new budget cap of £150million per team will also be introduced from 2021
- Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull currently spend more than £300m-a-season
Formula One bosses have unveiled the first images of the sport’s cars for the future.
Ahead of this weekend’s United States Grand Prix, the sporting and technical regulations have been published for the 2021 season onwards.
It is hoped that the new machines will provide closer action, and make overtaking easier.
On Thursday, F1 unveiled designs for cars racing in the 2021 season going forward
It is hoped that the new machines will provide closer action and easier overtaking
A new budget cap of £150m per team will also be introduced in order to improve competition
A new budget cap of £150million per team will also be introduced in order to improve competition.
Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull currently spend more than £300m-a-season.
‘We are delighted to publish the set of regulations which have been adopted unanimously by the World Motor Sport Council and defines the future of Formula One from 2021 onwards,’ said Jean Todt, president for F1’s governing body, the FIA.
‘The objective is to offer more sustainable, safer and exciting sport with an innovative set of regulations.
‘The cars should be able to race more closely and the action on the track should be more intense, with greater opportunities to attack and overtake.’
A mockup of a car was revealed in a press conference ahead of the American Grand Prix
F1 chairman Chase Carey said: ‘The unanimous approval for the rules by the World Motor Sport Council is a watershed moment. In the past, F1 has been knee-jerk without a longer-term vision.’
F1 bosses also emphasised the aim to stage as many as 25 races each season, but the format of a grand prix weekend will change with two shorter practice sessions on Friday afternoon, abandoning the morning running.
Reflecting on F1’s announcement, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen said: ‘It doesn’t matter what the cars look like as long as we can race and follow better. Let’s see how it evolves over time.’
British novice George Russell added: ‘The weight of the 2021 car will be heavier, which is not ideal. But as long as the new regulations improve the racing and brings the field together, that is all I am bothered about.’
FIA president Jean Todt said the objective is for ‘more sustainable, safer and exciting sport’