Formula 1 Ferrari Concept Car Shown by Ross Brawn in Singapore

Formula 1 Ferrari Concept Car Shown by Ross Brawn in Singapore

Prototypes of the new design were released on Friday morning, with a futuristic look a consistent theme throughout.

Lewis Hamilton will stay in Formula One beyond his contract if the sport follows through on its concept auto for 2021, which was unveiled yesterday.

Whilst drivers are focusing on the Singapore Grand Prix due to take place on Sunday, those behind the scenes in Formula One have presented the auto model designs that are set to be used in the 2021 season.

"What we established early on in our research is the cars we have now are very bad in following each other", said Brawn.

"With the current cars, when they get to within two to three vehicle lengths, they can lose 50% of performance, the tyres degrade more and it becomes very challenging". That's a substantial amount of performance lost. "It frustrates me when a auto in a video game looks better than the vehicle that we are racing out on track. At each stage, as we have been evolving the auto, we've had someone we are working with create a graphic representation artist to give us a feel of what the vehicle could look like", he added.

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"That is not to control the development, because it's critical this development achieves its objectives, but why shouldn't we have great looking cars as we're evolving the cars?" "How do (we) want to do it?" You do see a more seamlessly integrated halo device in the design of the F1 vehicle.

However, with new Formula One owner Liberty Media continuing to work with teams on the plans for 2021, it is unclear how much of this concept will be seen on tracks in three years time.

The cars now featuring the larger wheel rims, simpler specs front and rear wings along with a more athletically pleasing halo.

"The tyres and the wheels are the dirtiest area of the vehicle, they cause huge disruption in the airflow", says Brawn. Interestingly, Brawn reckons that next year's cars will be slower than the current ones as a result, though conceded that the existing rate of progress could have made them dangerously fast: "The cars are pretty impressive now but if they continue to develop at the rate they're developing there will be a need to pull it back", he said. It is hoped the final design will encouraging teams involved to stay in F1, while encouraging new teams to join and boost the grid.

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