Ferrari see 2021 concepts as ‘underwhelming’

Date published: September 14 2018

Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene has admitted that his engineers believe the designs for the 2021 concepts cars are “underwhelming”.

The team principal of the Scuderia also said that his engineers have said that the concepts look “like an old Champ Car”.

Images had been leaked ahead of this weekend’s race in Singapore of the new concepts, but they were officially unveiled on Friday lunchtime.

Ross Brawn, the Formula 1 Managing Director of Motorsports, unveiled the three possible designs in between the first two practice sessions for the Singapore Grand Prix.

The bosses of Formula 1 want to change the appearance of the cars and to make changes to allow closer racing.

“I was asking our engineers what they thought about it,” Arrivabene said.

“They said it’s a bit underwhelming in their opinion and it looks like an old ChampCar but it’s an exercise.”

The bosses of the sport are also bringing in a proposed budget cap of $150m. However, this might not be implemented in 2021.

The budget cap may start higher in 2021, and slowly work its way down to the $150m mark over the next few seasons after that point.

“The objective of everybody is to save money, to reduce costs,” Ferrari’s team principal continued.

“The question is not the what, the question is how.

“How do [we] want to do it? How do we want to maintain F1 as a pinnacle of motorsport?.

“How do we want to continue to develop cars that are beautiful for the public? It is not an easy question.”

Ferrari are known to be one of the teams that have opposed the budget cap, with former CEO Sergio Marchionne issuing threats that the team could quit the sport.

However, the team’s new CEO, Louis Camilleri, has not been so aggressive with his stance on the proposed budget cap.

“Concerning the future, the Concorde Agreement, I spoke with our CEO,” Arrivabene added.

“The decision is something that is not mine. It’s going to be a strategic decision that involves the overall group.

“If somehow a certain agreement is not taking into consideration where the Ferrari is in the market, the DNA of Ferrari… I repeat, it’s a strategic decision.

“Of course I give my information, we discuss about this, but he is the person who is going to talk with the appropriate people.”

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