There should be new regulations this year to make the sport more exciting, but the COVID-19 pandemic and the financial impact on the sport made the sport decide it’s best to keep the same basic rules again to extend the game time, and then 2022 brings changes.
At the same time, the two parties reached a new commercial agreement to limit the fleet’s budget to US$145 million. Of course, the list of items that exempt the budget cap (including driver salaries, marketing costs, and the salaries of the three highest paid employees) makes the budget a soft cap at best. This means that large teams have to find ways to save money and increase efficiency, while some employees are moved to other activities. But is this enough to make a difference? maybe not.
At the same time, some changes have taken place in the aerodynamic rules. These changes are small compared to normal seasonal changes, but they may have some effect because they will reduce the downforce at the rear of the car and affect the way Pirelli rubber is used. There will also be some new tires with modified structures. The bold move to 18-inch tires was postponed to 2022.
Last year, 2021 tires were tested in Bahrain and Portugal. After trying the initial prototype in Portugal, in Bahrain, every driver received two sets of tires in practice. No one wants to criticize tire suppliers too much, but seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton admitted that he is not a fan.
He said: “In the past two years, we have used the same tires. At the end of 2019, they brought new tires that they usually use, but the situation is much worse. So they just said:’Well, now we Only last year’s tires are kept. So they have spent two years developing better tires. We have received tires that weigh three kilograms, and each lap has a second second difference. “This is not too big for fans. The difference, but from the driver’s point of view, it certainly doesn’t feel good. ”
Another factor added to the mix is to allow the development of engines in 2021 within certain limits. There are only new regulations this year. If the people involved do not do well, then they will be subject to the results. However, Ferrari thinks it has taken a step, which is good, because the engine was a disaster last year and Honda has been working hard.
So, can we expect a change in the pecking order? It’s hard to say, but in general, the development of the car is a bit like an arms race, everyone is making improvements, so hardly any actual changes have been made.
The possibility of when the team decides to abandon the development in 2021 in order to concentrate on the production of new cars in 2022 adds to the uncertainty. The Haas F1 team has expressed its concern about 2022, not 2021. So, would you bet on another title for Lewis Hamilton and another title for Mercedes-Benz? Maybe not.
But there is no doubt that Red Bull and Honda, which will withdraw from the sport after 2021, have been doing their best to achieve a happy ending for the Japanese car company after experiencing an unpleasant time in F1. Red Bull hopes to get the most benefit from its engine, because the team will take over the engine development using the Red Bull V6 engine in 2022.
Someone suggested that Aston Martin might do better, and if Mercedes fell (sometimes it happens), maybe he could win a game. Last year, Racing Point (also known as Aston Martin) did this in Bahrain, countless. And don’t forget that Scuderia AlphaTauri did it at Monza, and Pierre Gasly won an unlikely victory at Monza.
McLaren has changed from Renault engine to Mercedes, which in theory should produce a better car. Renault not only did its own rebranding, but also solved some of the weaknesses discovered last year.
Last year’s game at the top of the midfield (basically everyone after two Mercedes and two Red Bulls in 2020) was very exciting, and you really don’t know who will show up. In the end, consistency allowed McLaren to succeed.
Then came Haas rookies Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, and AlphaTauri rookie Yuki Tsunoda. Sergio Perez entered the Red Bull Racing Team after finishing a surprising fourth place in last year’s Racing Point Drivers Championship. Other new faces include Carlos Sainz of Ferrari, Daniel Ricciardo of McLaren, and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel. Aston Martin is emerging.
All in all, it is difficult to beat Mercedes. This team is great, but don’t underestimate Red Bull. The rest will be a crazy blur of action.
Therefore, although some fans may complain that 2021 looks like an old Formula One car, there is still a lot of concern.
Post time: Mar-10-2021