Sebastian Vettel warns that F1 is going in 'wrong direction' with heavier and slower cars
AUSTIN: Sebastian Vettel warned on Thursday that Formula One He was going in the wrong direction going back to heavier and slower cars, as revealed in the sport's launch of its new regulations by 2021 and beyond.
It is predicted that lap times for proposed new cars will be on average more than three seconds longer than they are this season, and a step back in the past.
The cars are more spectacular now, and they have been since 2017, he said referring to the introduction of the current record race of F1 cars.
Before that, I think it was quite slow. Now, we know what these cars can do. It's more exciting.
The Ferrari driver said he felt it was not wrong to try to make the cars even faster.
The wrong address, in my view, is that cars are so heavy, which is obviously related to some of the safety measures, but I think everyone accepts it.
In the past, before 2017, he said that the cars had very little resistance and were great in a straight line, but that is not the most exciting for us and (the average speed) was significantly slower than perhaps some years before.
In 2017, the revised cars were designed to try to reduce lap times significantly and were successful, cutting up to 5.5 seconds of a lap in the Circuit of Catalonia in Barcelona and 2.3 seconds in other places.
Lap records were broken regularly.
The four-time world champion Vettel, however, welcomed the possibility of closer races.
Obviously, on paper, ideas are always great, he said. But I think it will materialize a little more in the coming weeks.
So we will see at the end of the day. No matter how the cars look, if the race is better for us, if it is more fun, then that is a victory.
The head of FIA affairs for single-seaters, Nikolas Tombazis, estimated that new cars by 2021 would be between three and three and a half seconds slower per lap.
He added: We don't believe that (performance) is the key parameter of the show. We believe that career ability is the main objective. We have not focused on an exact level of performance.
F1 's motorsport chief Ross Brawn said he did not see any problem in slower cars and lap times.
Remember, these cars, from 2016 to 2017, had a large increase in downward force, he explained.
It is worth remembering that experience because it was done for reasons I do not understand.
The huge increase in down-force was 'let's make the cars go faster, that must make F1 better'. Well, all we've done is we've actually made it worse because the cars can't race each other.
It is an example of a program not intended. So cars are very fast now, but they are not fit for the race.
And the reality is that the performance of these new cars will depend on where we were in 2016.