Alfa Romeo is the beginning
Alfa Romeo was the first team to announce the presentation of the new Formula 1 car in 2021. That will change with the F1 racers in 2021.
D.he timetable for the new Formula 1 cars in 2021 is in place: the rules are clear, the presentation will take place in February, the winter tests will take place from March 12 to 14 in Bahrain, where the kick-off will take place on March 28.
These are the technical changes to the Formula 1 cars in 2021
Because the funds are tight due to the corona pandemic, the Formula 1 legislators have agreed with the teams on an austerity course. In principle, the cars in 2021 should be the same as in 2020. But the changes are more dramatic than expected.
Formula 1 cars will only change a little in 2021.
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It gets more complicated with the chassis. That is divided into 77 components. 40 of them are homologated, so they must not be changed for the coming season. The remaining parts are given a value of one or two development tokens, depending on their importance. A team may only make changes to the chassis with a maximum value of two tokens.
The third change affects all teams: The cars should lose ten percent of downforce due to cuts in the rear area. So far, the underbody in front of the rear wheels can be stretched to a maximum width of 1.60 meters. In 2021 a triangle will be cut in front of the rear axle so that the technicians cannot let off steam with slots, holes and wings. In this area, the engineers recently saved a lot of time on the racetrack.
In addition: the sub-floor may be less flexible. With a load of 500 Nm, it can bend a maximum of eight instead of the previous ten millimeters.