2021 F1 regulations

Discussion in 'Open Wheel Racing' started by gnomesayin, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    I think this is deserving of its own topic, as it is likely to be a major story for the next year and a half. The proposed outlines for the 2021 regulations have been released.


    They make a bold and crucial central claim:

    This sounds very promising philosophically, but will they achieve that in practice? And how? Less appealing is this:

    I don't agree that aiming for tire degradation and making tire wear management crucial has been a mistake or is bad for the racing. The effects of extreme high downforce and the loss of it in the wake of a leading car is 70% of the problem with F1 racing, and the other 30% could be attributed to the massive gaps in performance and resources among the teams. They plan to address that with more common body elements and standardized parts, which is what almost every major racing series I know of (aside from dirt oval racing) is moving toward.
  2. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    You know it's getting tough when F1 is moving towards more spec parts. Yeah, I used the dirty word. It is what it is. I'm sure this will face major blowback from much of the field, namely the major players, but there needs to be some sort of shakeup given the trajectory of the V6 hybrid era. I agree with Ross that Joe Sixpack doesn't know the differences between the cars until they're painted up, and that the finer technical details don't do a whole lot to move the series forward. There should always be a place for development in F1, but I'm not sure aero wars with flaps, vanes, elements sprouting out of God knows where is that place anymore. Some finer, more contained, aero regulations have been needed for some time both for cost and for the on-track product.
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  3. FLRacingFan

    FLRacingFan Team Owner

    I am reasonably encouraged by this. Aesthetically, it’s an improvement...

    ...and the metrics look good.

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  4. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    More on this from Matt Weaver. I enthusiastically welcome the effort, but remain somewhat skeptical.

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  5. Speedbowl14

    Speedbowl14 Ryan Preece and short tracks

    That thing looks hilarious with the tires being higher than the driver's compartment :confused:
  6. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    Slick promotional releases and videos have come today that are long on promises and somewhat short on details. I remain skeptical of some of the claims, but at least they are trying to solve the right problems for once.

    The basics are: simpler front wing and suspension, some standardized parts, fewer upgrades and replacements allowed, redesigned rear ends that appear to direct the wake upward, cost cap.

    Oh, and of course, they did it all for the fans. It is funny that they are marketing this now, as the implicit message is "Sorry about how bad next year will be. Just hold on a little longer."

    F1’s revolutionary 2021 rulebook – The thinking behind the changes
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2019
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  7. Reck

    Reck Team Owner

    What is the lid on top of the tires supposed to do?

    Front wing does look nice though. Looks more....planted if that's the right word.
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  8. rd45usa

    rd45usa Team Owner

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  9. gnomesayin

    gnomesayin Team Owner

    Here's a technical article explaining the concepts behind the changes, and the passage covering the "tyre wake blades":


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  10. Hotrod

    Hotrod Team Owner

    We will see if this video sticks around.

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