Revolution in Formula 1: new aerodynamics, low-profile tires and budget constraintsNovember 2, 2019
World Motor Sports Council Approves New Regulations for 2021 Season
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) announced the transition of Formula 1 to the new technical and sports regulations, starting from the 2021 season. The approach to aerodynamics will change, the current high-profile 13-inch tires will give way to 18-inch tires with LED indicators, in addition, budget restrictions will be introduced.
The leadership of the championship, together with the FIA and the teams, comprehensively approached the development of new rules: stakeholders seek to increase the entertainment of the sport, reduce the financial gap between the “rich” and “poor” teams of Formula 1 and make the “Queen of Motorsport” attractive to new participants.
A key technical aspect of the new regulation is the changing requirements for aerodynamics. The ground effect will return, the shape of the front and rear wing will change. According to the organizers, in two years the racers will be able to actively pursue each other without losing downforce in the air stream behind the opponent. It is expected that athletes will be able to conduct a tight fight and exchange positions with a minimum difference in pace.
In addition, the FIA will introduce a mandatory budget limit of $ 175 million per season. This amount will not include the salaries of riders, three leading employees and marketing expenses. For comparison, the budget of the leading Formula 1 teams in 2019, according to insiders, reaches $ 450 million – Mercedes and Ferrari spend so much.
“A more equitable, more entertaining and more sustainable sport, without betraying the DNA that made us love this complex sport…”— Renault F1 Team (@RenaultF1Team) 31 жовтня 2019 р.
Now that is an exciting prospect. #F12021, take a bow, you have been unveiled!#RSspirit
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According to engineers, cars in 2021 will be slower than the current 3-3.5 seconds in a circle. The number of standardized units and parts will be increased, and replacement of car components over the limit will be punished with sports fines.
In addition, it is planned to reduce the format of the racing weekend from four to three days and increase the annual number of Grand Prix to 25.
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