This video is sponsored by Squarespace. Whether
you need a domain, website or online store you can make it with Squarespace. Formula One published some of their in-progress
design concepts for the chassis regulations revisions due to come into effect in, hopefully,
2021. Although, immediately, that’s a bit of a
lie and we all kind of know it. One concept image was leaked from a talk Ross Brawn gave
in Singapore and FOM realised they had to produce some form of press release to stop
the wildfire gossip around this one image spreading misinformation and leading people
down the wrong paths. So, Formula One’s hand was forced, and it’s
likely these images were never supposed to be shared widely and may or may not bear any
resemblance to the regulations brought into sporting law for 2021.
Nonetheless, we can still explore the ideas being played with in these images.
The main objectives of revolutionising the aero in 2021 is twofold – firstly, and most
importantly, to improve racing. Ross Brawn, hilariously, said, ‘we established
very early on in our research that the cars are very bad at following each other’. Yeah,
Ross, that’s as obvious as the tail on a peacock. Was your research “watching F1
in 2004?”. Anyway, he’s right. Once a chasing car gets
within a few car lengths of the car in front, it loses about 50% of its downforce, according
to models. According to Brawn, and – let’s maybe not
be as optimistic yet as he is – their research and development has managed to bring this
down to just a 20% loss of downforce. The second objective is an aesthetic one – Formula
One wants aggressive, exciting looking cars that people drool over and stick on their
bedroom walls. [LOTUS 2014 ON KIDS WALL] Brawn insists the overtaking problem takes
precedence and making the cars look awesome is a tangential issue that won’t override
the needs of the racing. We saw how that went in 2017.
Now these cars look pretty nice, depending on your tastes, and we will go into them in
a minute. But first, let’s just make sure we’ve got our feet planted on planet Earth
and remember the monumental challenge Formula 1 has here in crafting these regulations.
Remember – rules can often breed very strange looking car indeed, even with the best intentions
from the rule makers. Engineers are single-minded machines. They
will only seek to extract maximum performance from within the rulespace. They don’t care
about aesthetics, or environmentalism or really even safety at the heart of it. When their
design head is on, they are simply aiming to build the fastest possible car the rules
will allow. And this is how loopholes get wrenched open
and suddenly we have a load of cars with trunk noses, an outbreak of winglets or a massive
bit of scaffolding on an otherwise elegant chassis.
Remember, at this stage no rules have been announced, just the concepts.
The concepts explain the objectives, as discussed, and some of the ways they aim to achieve them.
The rules or regulations specifically describe a legal framework, a space in which teams
can design freely and implement their ideas. And you have to create this framework very
carefully to get the end result that you really want.
For example, if we were inventing football, we might think it’s enough to say:
a) you can’t use your hands b) you have to keep the ball inside this painted
box. c) score points by getting the ball into the
other goal. You might then be surprised when one team
turns up with cricket bats to beat the other team with, and the other team turns up covered
in glue so the ball sticks to their bodies. At this point you might need to go and make
the rules a bit more specific and this is how we end up with a regulations framework
4 million pages long. This happened with noses in F1 in 2012. The
FIA wanted to lower the noses so that they lined up with the side impact structures,
such that a t-boning wouldn’t take someone’s head off.
So they mandated that, past a certain point, the nose could only be so high.
Unfortunately, F1 engineers really wanted high noses, so they kept the noses high for
as long as they could and then stepped down to the mandatory height, creating some truly
inelegant designs. The rule makers assumed designers would just
create a nice flowing shape, but the designers didn’t care about that at all. The rules
didn’t account for interpretation – they didn’t understand what gains the engineers
would seek to exploit. Hilariously, they made the same mistake again
in 2014 when they lowered the noses again, leading to… nightmare beasts that belong
under the sea with the water bears. My point is that your concept – your intentions
and idealised versions of the rules – may be great, but if you don’t structure the
rules properly, engineers will walk right around them and the cars that turn up on track
in 2021 may look nothing like the these: the most optimistic interpretations possible.
That slight diversion out of the way, let’s look at this concept art.
Three concepts were shown to the public but they represent three stages of evolution in
their research and thinking so let’s step through them in order.
The first concept is not hugely different from the cars we have today, save for the
simplified wing due to appear next year. This concept is mainly to demonstrate how they
want to evolve the Halo design to be more aesthetically integrated into the car.
There’s no particular word on whether this Halo we see here is structurally capable or
whether it’s just a – forgive the expression – pipe dream.
Clearly the current Halo has a very specific engineering that allows it to be as super
strong as it is. Hopefully they’ll be able to keep this strength in the device as they
modify its shape, or perhaps we’ll end up with some non-structural aesthetic shaping
over the top. This version of the Halo is pretty elegant
and aggressive, though – complimenting the lines of the car, as if it’s been carved
by the air rushing over the chassis. The second concept image here seems more fundamentally
focussed on the aesthetics, following the 2017 philosophy that cars look faster if you
skew them backwards and pumping it up a notch However, there are some aero ideas here that
follow through to the third concept and may likely give clues as to some fundamentals
that FOM and the FIA are moving forward with. First we’ve got this dolphin-tail style
front wing with the upper elements cascading from the nose instead of being stacked on
the lower base elements. Other than being stylistically… a choice…
this kind of wing design will start to minimise the vortices generated off the tips and edges
of the front wing elements. As we saw in previous videos, these vortices
contribute massively to the disrupted airflow behind the car that ultimately wrecked the
downforce of the following car. We’re also seeing flat-sculpted covers for
the suspension and what’s being called ‘sharkfin posts’ and winglets further back.
Both of these devices are right in the heavy airflow through which engineers purposely
send energised air and vortices around the body of the car.
Again this airflow contributes to the mess send out behind the car so the idea here looks
to be to clear up and homologate this airflow a bit and/or prevent designers from doing
anything too wild with it. We can see this taken further in the third
concept where we now have these big vanes positioned down the side of the car to smooth
turbulence and de-energise vortices moving through this area.
This is supposedly the most up-to-date culmination of their R&D work, but seeing as the car has
the old F1 logo on it, we can be pretty sure this work is at least a year old. Nevertheless,
we can still appreciate the ideas at play. A lot of this sidepod area is currently heavily
biased towards looks, not airflow cleanup, with the team seemingly borrowing heavily
from other concept-style designs like the BMW i-series that involve folding layers into
each other like sexy pastry. The front wings now have much larger end plates
which again will do a lot to kerb vortex generation off the element tips.
The rear wing is now even lower and wider, both aesthetically aggressive and a solid
move towards downforce and balance. However, the concept removes the rear wing
end plates from the main plane which are important for boosting the efficiency of the wing.
It also appears the rear wing angle can no longer be adjusted, unless this second flap
here moves? A fixed rear wing could be interesting for setup. And does this wing allow for DRS?
Very little has been said to explain the thought process behind this. It may just be an initial
idea from a graphic designer that will be re-interpreted by the technical team.
All in all, we need to take these designs with a pinch of salt. They are designed to
both excite and inspire with no information given at all given on the kind of rules these
concepts will lead to. It’s interesting that there’s not been
much talk given to shifting aero away from the wings and overbody and more towards the
underbody and ground effect – an aero less susceptible to disruption and dirty air. But
who knows what’s going on behind the scenes. Ross Brawn is a talented engineer and he and
his team are less likely to be blindsided by engineers exploiting loopholes that rule-makers
before them. So let’s be optimistic that the eventual set of rules will be the first
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F1 Concept Designs 2021 – Let’s discuss!
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100 thoughts on “F1 Concept Designs 2021 – Let’s discuss!

  • December 8, 2018 at 1:37 pm
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    Meh, F1 hasn't looked any good to me since the mid 90s

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  • December 9, 2018 at 11:52 pm
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    The models looks a little bit like those shit electric lawnmower. Especially on the sides

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  • December 10, 2018 at 1:10 pm
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    Fair play I’ve come across your channel & you’re so informative & just generally awesome
    A lot of F1 fans & even sim racers can learn so much from you
    Nice one & thank you 👍🏻

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  • December 13, 2018 at 12:56 pm
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    I thought they gonna have a flying mouse.

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  • December 18, 2018 at 11:23 am
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    psssss that will be Awsome engineering concepts come true

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  • December 28, 2018 at 5:30 pm
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    If you want design and performance this sport will become Open wheel NASCAR

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  • January 4, 2019 at 10:14 pm
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    Engineers don't have souls

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  • January 10, 2019 at 12:55 am
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    What if f1 teams had to go swamp buggy racing? What would the car look like and would they beat the home boys?

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  • January 12, 2019 at 8:26 pm
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    Poor water bears

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  • January 16, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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    F1 is loosing its spirit these cars look more like a sterile tesla shit box than an F1….

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  • February 3, 2019 at 6:03 pm
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    Those halos look pretty worthless

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  • February 13, 2019 at 1:57 am
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    I dont think water bears live in the ocean

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  • February 13, 2019 at 6:51 pm
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    The DRS could easily be implemented by stalling the rear wing with airflow, much like the F-duct. Actually kind of surprising they didnt switch to that system, saves weight too.

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  • March 7, 2019 at 7:40 am
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    DRS : DRakeS?

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  • March 14, 2019 at 1:56 pm
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    The scrolling background is very distracting

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  • March 16, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    The halo doesnt look connect at the front. Its just looks like a u shape connect to a shark fin pointed up. And also doesnt look that rigid.

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  • March 18, 2019 at 12:59 am
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    i find his voice very relaxing. great channel

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  • March 19, 2019 at 5:55 am
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    Those concepts look great, bring it on I reckon! They should raise the rpm on the engines also for a fantastic sound too.

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  • March 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    Competition racing! Not parades.

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  • March 20, 2019 at 11:58 pm
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    You deserve more views

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  • March 21, 2019 at 3:22 pm
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    Coming back to this video and I love the concepts even more now. Every inch of the concept cars look amazing. Except the rims. I still really don't like the 18's

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  • March 22, 2019 at 1:26 pm
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    3:33 Kill it with fire!

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  • March 22, 2019 at 4:59 pm
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    they can do anything to halo it will always be the ugliest part of the car

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  • March 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm
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    I hate the idea of low profile f1 tires

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  • March 27, 2019 at 8:44 pm
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    I mean… those cars are sexy af

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  • March 27, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    I love the idea of a closed cockpit, or at least a windscreen instead of the halo.v

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  • March 29, 2019 at 4:31 pm
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    Those concepts are ugly and fake. The rims aren’t that big and the tires aren’t that thin

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  • March 30, 2019 at 4:18 am
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    Can you do a video on f1 and indy car differences?

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  • April 2, 2019 at 7:32 am
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    i is just me or does the 2021 car look kinda bad?

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  • April 9, 2019 at 6:33 pm
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    worst designs ever. Hope they will never be real.

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  • April 15, 2019 at 3:14 am
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    Every time they try and regulate for aesthetics it’s always been a disaster. It’s my own little theory that the inert center wing section was to try and motivate teams to return to low noses and instead we got phallic noses and the Y250 vortex.

    Just regulate for racing.

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  • April 15, 2019 at 8:41 am
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    "Sexy pastry"

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  • April 20, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    The back of Formula E looks gorgeous!

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  • April 24, 2019 at 3:45 am
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    I do believe the days for designing cars for the love of the race may be over. Do we really believe the livery will have less room for ads in 2021? I think commerce, not physics may drive F1 car design.

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  • April 26, 2019 at 11:23 am
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    What's inside the cowl

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  • April 29, 2019 at 12:24 am
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    Millionaires bought old f1 for fun, they won't buy the new cars cause they are hideous XD

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  • May 1, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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    F1 is a machine for finding loopholes in its own rules.

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  • May 20, 2019 at 1:41 am
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    It's confirmed that chain bear is a pastry-ophile.

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  • May 23, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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    F1 cars in 2004 and 2005 were probably the best. Also sound wise. Not those lawnmowers we have atm

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  • May 23, 2019 at 9:14 pm
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    If the cars end up looking like that they will double their fan base

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  • May 24, 2019 at 5:58 pm
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    Free all regulations and let the engineers do their job

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  • May 25, 2019 at 2:37 pm
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    What I don’t understand is why indycar and f1 don’t use the airplane cockpit canopy. It makes it look awesome and it helps with driver safety and aerodynamics. And if they followed stuff like nascar car wise, in nascar if the car flips the driver is completely safe. In f1 and Indy car now you have a chance of falling out of the seat. So why doesn’t F1 and Indycar do this?

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  • May 27, 2019 at 3:11 am
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    Wheres the v2 engine

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  • May 29, 2019 at 1:06 am
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    Can the halo be re-designed into a wing . Becoming a Dual purpose item

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  • May 31, 2019 at 5:19 am
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    To solve dirty air all teams expect Mercedes will run higher aero

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  • May 31, 2019 at 5:23 am
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    To be honest the concept halo is worse than the current one

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  • May 31, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    I would love to see Racing series where you can use absolutely whatever car design as you want.

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  • May 31, 2019 at 5:16 pm
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    Since environment is so important these days, how about a much sleeker body style to strengthen drag efficiency, which lower the effects of downforce and be more fuel efficient? We could potentially see some big speed numbers (like 400km/h+), and usually race series that feature cars with less aerodynamic grip tends to often had good close racing (Touring Car, Formula E for example)

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  • May 31, 2019 at 10:25 pm
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    All of this function-before-form and form-before-function talk is arbitrary until the costs are controlled, evenly among all teams. 5 years ago Mercedes out spent and, hence, out thought their competitors. They are still reaping the rewards of a 'massive' outflow of cash.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:54 pm
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    If there's gonna be DRS, what's the point of rewriting the formula? The looks alone?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:35 pm
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    Funny how car manufacturers bring out a concept vehicle, but can't make it due to cost. F1 were cost is no object can't make the concept car due to the engineers fiddling around too much. I know this is F1, the pinnacle of motorsports, but for once could you look back in time and see how great racing was without all the gimmicks added to the car. That's why Indy Racing is so much more exciting to watch, you never know who's going to win. A backmarker could win the race if he has the talent. F1 it's the same two teams Ferrari or Mercedes, sometimes Red Bull. Maybe spec F1 cars are the way to go, then we could see who the better racer.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    MAKE THEM MORE NARROW!

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  • June 2, 2019 at 1:25 am
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    i don't want to live until 2021 to see the disappointment when they actually come up with a real car which would be totally different from this awesome beast of a concept car

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  • June 3, 2019 at 3:28 pm
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    Great video as always. Question. If the cars were allowed to generate more downforce using their floor as oppose to their upper surface, wouldn't that help solve the following problem?

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  • June 3, 2019 at 5:01 pm
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    Better idea: Do races inside a vacuum chamber so that there is no airflow and the donwforce is created by big magnets on the ground and on the bottom of the car

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:09 pm
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    Sadly they wont look anything like this 🙁

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  • June 3, 2019 at 9:42 pm
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    This thing looks ugly…

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  • June 4, 2019 at 12:25 pm
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    Mmmmm sexy pastry

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  • June 4, 2019 at 9:40 pm
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    Is the f-duct gonna make a come back? I think adding on the f-duct and the esthetics it brings along, will go along well with the visuals of the car imo.

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  • June 6, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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    why not go a step further and add a windshield to the HALO? I mean then its only a really small step to add a enclosed cockpit

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  • June 8, 2019 at 2:08 pm
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    "Like a Sexy Pastry" 😀😀

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  • June 8, 2019 at 4:23 pm
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    the strapon year was hilarious for me when it was first shown to the public

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  • June 12, 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    Just bring back late 70s and early 80s f1 cars and let them race forever 😀

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  • June 13, 2019 at 1:52 am
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    hahahahhaha i lost it at the bats and glue thing xD

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  • June 13, 2019 at 5:26 pm
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    Those concepts for the 21' car look like formula E

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  • June 14, 2019 at 12:01 pm
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    Throwable Cricket Bats in Formula 1 ??

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  • June 15, 2019 at 3:23 am
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    I would prefer to regulate the airflow by it‘s effect on the car behind instead of the Design of the elements used.

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  • June 15, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    Sexy pastry 😋

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  • June 19, 2019 at 3:22 pm
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    Third concept is beautiful!

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  • June 23, 2019 at 1:38 am
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    My concept is just bloody simplify everything again! All this d.r s and crap ruins raw racing! Why does f1 have to complicate everything! Im fine with regulations to keep the cars close to equal engineering wise but just let the cars race already! I thought as life evolves we engineer things to make everything simpler but f1 do the opposite! One thing i would love more than anything is more teams competative ! It gets so repetative with the same 4 cars dominating! Week after week year after year! Try and create rules to even out the competition! One rule could be cap the amount of money teams can spend on engineering! That way no team has advantage with money! Because its clear that merc and Ferrari have all the cash lets be blunt here! Anyway nobody's listening to me but i thought i would give my opinion anyway! Catch ya😁

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  • June 24, 2019 at 6:02 pm
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    Hope the F1 cars will have 400 Km/h TopSpeed

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  • June 28, 2019 at 11:17 pm
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    I don't understand why they can't just regulate the air distuption. They could make it a rule that in an air tunnel the car must go below a certain turbulance threashold measued behind the car. The teams could have unique designs and the goal would be met, no?

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  • July 1, 2019 at 3:57 am
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    I rather have great racing cars than great looking cars.

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  • July 1, 2019 at 3:40 pm
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    the 2021 cars would look cool with a 2006 or 2007 front wing

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  • July 2, 2019 at 3:57 pm
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    Moar Weelz! Allow for Wiilz!

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  • July 2, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    I'm sure when they were doing concepts for the 2014 regulation change they didn't anticipate teams slapping 2 foot dildos on the front of the cars.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 6:14 pm
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    2021 F1 car looks more like a road car. FIA should give more importance to performance rather than aesthetics.

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  • July 7, 2019 at 2:32 am
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    You’re wrong! A real engineer must design taking into account safety and that may include the environment!!

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  • July 9, 2019 at 3:47 am
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    F1 is dying. Viva la FE.

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  • July 11, 2019 at 7:26 am
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    The villain car #66 from the speed racer movie is here

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    My only thought is… "Wonder what the designers will do to create turbulence behind the car within the new rules". A 50% loss of downforce is a huge advantage. Well, if your the guy in front that is.

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  • July 17, 2019 at 10:21 am
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    i would be ok with them If we would have the v10s back…

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  • July 17, 2019 at 7:22 pm
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    STOP DROPPING YOUR VOICE TO A WHISPER.

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  • July 23, 2019 at 1:13 am
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    I think F1 shouldn't go too far with the simplifying to reduce dirty air. F1 is pretty spectacular atm, just look at the silverstone GP, and new lap records are being posted every race. Isn't F1 supposed to be the most technologically advanced racing series? I don't want some generic equal engine and simple spoilers and bodywork but cars that are 7 seconds slower.

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  • July 23, 2019 at 8:32 pm
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    1:24 I lost it :DD so unexpected

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  • July 28, 2019 at 3:24 am
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    That last concept car is pretty boss. I'm excited to see whatever changes come.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 7:44 am
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    The halo looks like a flip flop

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  • August 1, 2019 at 7:06 am
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    Still have a feeling that Williams is still going to be last 😂🤷🏻‍♂️

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  • August 3, 2019 at 3:14 am
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    Looks like a giant TAMIYA, BIG EMPEROR Series. Or an ASTUTE Series.

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  • August 5, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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    In all honesty, football would be far more interesting if the players beat each other with cricket bats and to steal the ball.

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  • August 7, 2019 at 4:30 pm
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    Still can't understand why halos are necessary

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  • August 9, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    Ground force is coming back 🙂

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  • August 10, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    Halo sucks

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:00 pm
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    Screw DRS. We had exciting racing and even overtaking before DRS. Get rid of it.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 10:47 pm
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    Perhaps a place to start is by specifying the results F1 wants: for example, specify the outwash behind a car cannot exceed X amount of disrupted air pressure Y degrees above ambient temperature. Or, specify that that at X kph the design has to generate Y lbs / sq inch of downforce. Telling an engineer what the height or shape of a design has to be via templates is where it all gets on thin ice. One has to think through every possible "Law Of Unintended Consequences."

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  • August 21, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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    The only 21 I know is “Multi 21”

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  • August 24, 2019 at 2:08 pm
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    “If we were inventing football” *a soccer field graphic appears
    Lol. Just kidding. Great videos 👍

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  • August 24, 2019 at 4:52 pm
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    Concept 3 so damn sexy.

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  • August 25, 2019 at 4:02 pm
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    Isn't it a good idea for the Engineers to make a car within the rules as difficult as possible to be overtaken. Like if the whole point is to create as little dirty air as possible it might be an advantage if your car somehow produces 'a lot' of it..

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