By George Stephens •
Published: 02 Nov 2019 • 20:28
The FIA has openly admitted that in its pursuit to have the fastest cars on Earth, it has sacrificed top quality competitive racing on the track.
The current designed cars achieve such huge levels of downforce that they leave large amounts of dirty air in their wake. This reduces the clean air running over the wings of the car behind which reduces downforce and slows the following car down. It means drivers often can’t get close to rivals to attempt an overtake.
New rules for next season focus heavily on reducing that dirty air by using simpler wings, increased use of ground effect -which uses Venturi tunnels under the car to create downforce in a way that doesn’t disrupt airflow behind as much and introducing devices that reduce dirty airflow created by tyres.
In simulations, F1 experts say the current cars lose about half of their downforce when following closely behind another car, compared with a claimed 15 per cent for the fortcoming 2021 cars.
Also another new rule being introduced is known as the ” cost gap”
To address the issue of the big three teams spending their way to the front of the grid, the FIA is introducing a spending cap of £135m.
This is a bit more than the average mid-field team currently spends, but a lot less than the top teams currently invest in their cars.
The idea is that those with huge budgets can’t just buy their way to the front, instead having to be clever with their spending, while those further down the grid don’t feel like closing the gap is hopeless. It also hopes to encourage new teams to join the sport which has been lacking in recent years and those who have, often gone bust.
The cost gap doesn’t cover though driver salaries and the salaries of the top three staff members.
Wind tunnel time will be further reduced – the FIA hopes this will reduce the chances of a team simply developing its way to the front of the grid, whilst also making practice sessions at each grand prix more important than just a warm up and getting used to the track.
Another new ruling actually takes the strain off team personal – the race weekend will no longer take place from Thursday to Sunday. Instead, practice sessions and the driver conferences will start on the Friday, giving teams another day off between races.
This may also allow for more events to be added to the calendar with the regulations stating that up to 25 races could be on the schedule in the future extending the Championship further.
Other changes include 18-inch alloy wheels shod in new Pirelli tyres, rules around how teams interact with the media, reductions in the number of parts that can be modified from standard.
It’s all set out in the main to make racing more exciting both track side but more importantly the global tv market of armchair viewers that are dwindling in numbers.
The new car design will resemble as below more like an American Indy car a series which year on year see’s full competitive racing.
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