[F1 2019 VIDEO FEATURE] F1 2021: BIG PLANS

F1’s future continues to take shape, with the sport preparing to unveil its detailed blueprint for 2021 at the end of October.

The clear end goal: closer racing and with better looking cars to help attract a mainstream younger audience to the sport.

SOUNDBITE (English) NICO ROSBERG,
2016 F1 WORLD CHAMPION:
“We know what we can do in Formula 1 to improve things, and it is really putting in this unpredictability - that it is not always the same person winning [at every race].”

To make it a reality, F1 is levelling out its sporting, technical and financial spheres, starting with a $175 million US dollar cost cap. And even more standardised parts like brake systems and wheel rims.

SOUNDBITE (English) NICO ROSBERG,
2016 F1 WORLD CHAMPION:
“We are trying to put in cost caps, so that it is not just the biggest money wins. And that is coming in, that is good to reduce the amount of spending that the teams are doing. And then also the regulations, to make it more easy to overtake once you are behind. So the aerodynamics need to be improved so that you can follow up much more closely, then overtake.”

The cars, to be tweaked by an automotive stylist, are set to feature 18-inch wheels, and an aero package that only loses five to 10 per cent downforce behind another car… compared with 2019’s 50 per cent.

Pirelli’s tyres are also expected to play their part - with less degradation, for harder, closer racing. Tyre blankets will also be banned.

The FIA is also looking to make the driver the star again by reducing car- to-pit telemetry, and removing some driver aids. It is also considering the potential return of refuelling for a reduced car weight.

The cars will also go wheel-to-wheel on circuits designed for great racing, with Vietnam’s layout created on the back of a new philosophy.

All of it making for a bright new future, and with the promise of harder racing on the cards… there’s a lot to be excited about.

… as plans for F1 2021 take off.