F1 release dramatic new plans for 2021 cars which will be heavier and SLOWER but more competitive – The Sun
FORMULA ONE bosses have released their plans to make the sport more exciting again.
FIA President Jean Todt and F1's Chairman and CEO Chase Carey presented the rulebook for the 2021 season, which includes a controversial £135million cost-cap, ahead of the US GP.
The rules will simplify car designs – with complicated front wings and trick aerodynamic parts banned – to reduce the turbulent air they create, making it easier for cars to race closer together.
Vehicles will be HEAVIER and SLOWER but F1 believe the changes will mean more competitive racing.
Carey said: "From 2021 onwards Formula One will have:
"Cars that are better able to battle on the track.
'WHEEL TO WHEEL RACING'
"A more balanced competition on the track.
"A sport where success is determined more by how well a team spends its money not how much it spends – including, for the first time, a fully enforceable cost cap starting at $175million, with plans to reduce this number in the future, in the FIA rules.
"A sport that is a more sustainable business for those participating.
"A sport that continues to be the world's premier motor racing competition and the perfect showcase of cutting edge technology.
"Formula One is an incredible sport with a great history, heroes and fans all over the world.
"The goal has always been to improve the competition and action on the track and at the same time make the sport a healthier and attractive business for all.
"The approval of the rules by the World Motorsport Council is a watershed moment and will help deliver more exciting wheel to wheel racing for all our fans."
While the rules have been rubber-stamped by the sport's governing body, the teams have yet to sign up.
The cost-cap is one of the major sticking points as teams currently spend over double the regulated amount.
And F1's Managing Director, Ross Brawn, has a warning for those teams who break the rules saying: "If you fraudulently breach the financial regs, you will lose your championship.
"It is essential for the good of F1 to have a control on the finances."
Other changes include a provision to increase the calendar to a maximum of 25 races a season – there are currently 21 races.
However, race weekends will be condensed from the current four-day format to just three days.
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