Brawn downplays copycat car concerns

Date published: July 22 2019

Ross Brawn

Ross Brawn has downplayed concerns that the 2021 F1 cars will all look the same as the sport incorporates more standard parts as well as “prescriptive regulation”.

Liberty Media and the FIA recently laid out their blueprint for the 2021 cars, moving towards a new ground effect design that they hope will improving racing.

While Brawn concedes there will be a certain lack of freedom within the new regulations, with F1 even taking steps to create an aero group to stamp out 2021 loopholes, he has dismissed concerns that the new brand of cars will all look the same.

“We have been very prescriptive to begin with,” said the F1 sporting boss, “because if we are not we will not achieve the objectives.

“There are complaints that all the cars are going to look the same and the other nonsense we have heard, so as an exercise, Pat [Fry] took all the existing cars and took the livery off them and put them up on a wall.

“You could not tell the difference between the cars we have now once the colours are taken off them.

“You need to be an extreme geek to pick them out, and even within our office we managed to pick three out! So when you see the existing cars with the colours taken off, you wouldn’t know.”

But while Brawn admits the new 2021 regulations will be very restrictive as Liberty Media are determined to achieve their aim of better racing, he is confident the teams’ technical departments will still find different solutions to the same problems.

He added: “We know with these very prescriptive regulations, the fertile minds of F1 will come up with different solutions. They will be prescriptive because we have to make sure we achieve these objectives, but there is enough latitude there.

“Undoubtedly from the relative freedom that the teams have had so far, it is going to be frustrating but if they can take the approach that ‘these regulations are the same for everyone and they will do a better job than anyone else, we just won’t be two seconds faster we will be two tenths faster’, then that is what we want in F1.”

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