FIA fears low effect of downforce adjustments for 2021 Formula 1

FIA fears low effect of downforce adjustments for 2021

By Robert McGillivray 24 September 2020 | 12:03

In 2021 there will be less downforce in Formula 1 than in the current season. This was done so that the Pirelli tires can withstand the increasing forces, now it is feared by the FIA that the measures taken will not have sufficient effect.

In 2021, Formula 1 will run the same tires for the third year in a row, before introducing the new 18-inch tires in 2022. "The FIA now fears that the original plan, a ten percent reduction in downward pressure, will not be enough," Motorsport writes. "It is hoped that Pirelli won't be forced to prescribe a higher tire pressure."

The main changes will come in the floor of the car: "The teams need to remove a piece of floor in front of the rear tire," reports the site. Initially, the teams would be allowed to make a limited number of openings in the floor, but the new regulations no longer allow this.

Earlier, Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner said he expected the teams to notice little of the downforce reduction. The main reason for this, according to the Brit, is that Formula 1 teams are developing too fast. Therefore a reduction in downforce will be offset by the progression of the teams. 

Experiments with 2021-style floor

The Formula 1 teams have been preparing for next year's car for some time now. McLaren was already experimenting with a 2021-style floor at Spa-Francorchamps, trying to gather data on the impact of the modifications on the car's performance. (Photo: McLaren F1 Media)



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