German GP-style racing the goal for 2021

Date published: August 25 2019

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Races like the utterly bonkers 2019 German Grand Prix will hopefully become a more regular thing in 2021 according to team bosses.

Heavy rain before the race prompted a wet start at Hockenheim, before changeable conditions throughout the race threw proceedings into chaos.

Charles Leclerc, Valtteri Bottas and Nico Hulkenberg all crashed out, with Lewis Hamilton spinning off twice.

Daniil Kvyat put his Toro Rosso on the podium, while Robert Kubica scored Williams’ first provisional point of the season among various other dramatic moments.

This type of thrilling and unpredictable action is the target for 2021 under an overhauled Formula 1, but in dry conditions.

Speaking to Motorsport.com, Alfa Romeo principal Frederic Vasseur said: “If mechanically they reduce the gap between the midfield and the top teams you will have some events, perhaps not 50%, but some events in the season where something like [the German GP] can happen.”

“The feeling would be huge for the teams, spectators, drivers, to have this possibility [to fight for top-six positions on merit] in mind.

“So far it is not the case. The top six could have a crash on the first lap, come back to the pits, change the nose, change the rear wing, come back and they are still able to lap us.

“You have no expectations beyond just to be P7. But I feel it is getting less the case.”

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen took the win in Germany despite spinning himself, and the team’s principal Christian Horner believes combining the regulations with tyres successfully will make Formula 1 a greater spectacle.

Asked by Motorsport.com if a German GP-style race could be possible in the dry from 2021, Horner said: “I think so. We saw great racing at Austria as well and even at Silverstone.

“The tyres play a crucial role in all of that, so getting the tyres right, getting the aerodynamics right is going to be important so the drivers can follow each other and race hard against each other.”

After the awful French GP which generated fierce criticism of Formula 1, the following events in Austria, Great Britain, Germany and Hungary all delivered on the drama and brought the 2019 season to life.

Importantly, Horner says there is an understanding of what made the racing at these tracks so much better.

“We understand what has created the good races,” he confirmed. “Some of it is the circuit, some of it is the tyres.

“The cars are enormously complicated and I think we can definitely make them less complex.

“I think what we want to achieve is more races like the ones we’ve seen [after France].”

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