(Motorsport-Total.com) – The new Formula 1 regulations for 2021 was not an easy thing. Great hopes were placed in the new rule set: The rules should make Formula 1 tighter, more exciting, more exciting and cheaper – a big task.
You also had to deal with the groups some who have their own agenda. Unsurprisingly, the discussions dragged on forever before there was clarity in October – far later than the actual date.
However, the groups repeatedly called for adjustments or an idea was added again. However, some ideas also had to be rejected because the groups did not agree or something was contrary to this. Formula 1 technology manager Pat Symonds remembers which ideas ultimately did not make it into the regulations.
Standard gearbox does not find approval
Because the regulators sometimes had to not only make sure that the sport gets better, the costs should also be kept within limits. For this reason, some unit components were put out to tender, some of which fell back into the hands of the groups.
A prominent example was the opinion of a Unit gearbox , the tender had already attracted interested parties. However, the groups should have designed their own gearbox and thus had an influence on the suspension, rear wing and crash structure.
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However, the groups were against it because they worried about the reliability and a possible restriction of the design freedom. “To my great surprise, the groups found that the cost savings from a common gearbox were insignificant,” Symonds told our sister magazine 'F1 Racing'.
There were also heated debates about the suspension. A working group from the groups was established to evaluate whether a relatively prescriptive active suspension should be introduced as a cost-cutting measure. “But it was decided that overly tight control of the chassis would result in extreme aerodynamic solutions that would have torpedoed the goal of bodywork rules,” said Symonds.
Therefore, this suggestion was not accepted. Formula 1 continues to rely on passive suspension, which has been simplified by the ban on hydraulic connections and so-called mechanical inerters.
A difficult balancing act
Another concession to the groups concerned the “listed aspects” – those components of a car that may be taken over by other groups 1: 1. Originally, the FIA wanted to restrict the model that Haas is relying on more and have the groups design themselves – but the groups that use such parts resisted.
Instead, you have the components of the Cars are now divided into several categories. Some are mandatory, others can be taken over, others have to be designed yourself and some are offered as delivery supplies.
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“We want the groups to save money by no longer having to constantly design parts that are of little use, but at the same time groups should still be able to generate income by selling other parts,” says Symonds. “And at the same time, groups who do not want to hire new people should be able to buy components at a reasonable price.”
For Symonds, this was even the biggest task with the new rules: “All groups treated fairly insuring with the financial rules was much more difficult than writing the technical rules that monitor these components. “