Formula 1 rules: Six teams oppose 2021 F1 regulations proposal

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By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 writer at Suzuka
The majority of teams oppose the new technical regulations for 2021 being suggested by Formula 1, BBC Sport can reveal.
Six of the 10 teams indicated in a poll coordinated by Mercedes Ferrari and Red Bull as they stand, which they dont agree with the plans.
Only Renault, McLaren, Alfa Romeo and Williams favored the suggested rules into the existing ones.
And among those four have subsequently suggested changes.
The parties will meet on 16 October to explore the matter.
There is a deadline of 31 October for its 2021 technical principles to be decided and so far theres not been any indication in the FIA, the world governing body of motorsport, or F1 they will back down.
Ferrari have the right to veto the 2021 rules bundle if a compromise cant be achieved, but its known the team would prefer for things.
Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull sent the survey around following a meeting in the Singapore Grand Prix a month where the teams were revealed the latest draft of the 2021 rules.
According to senior figures, this posed more severe restrictions on design freedom and contributed expressing concerns.
At the assembly, FIA president Jean Todt said he didnt want to impose a set of rules without arrangement. The Frenchman asked for groups to signify that their positions on the respective topics and suggestions for options if there were any.
The survey asked about 10 questions, including whether groups chose to press forward with the 2021 principles that were planned or stick with the current regulations. In the case of the rules, it also asked also exactly that which groups felt about standardisation of components, and also whether there needs to be more design freedom.
Just Alfa Romeo, McLaren and Renault immediately suggested while Williams did a variety of days theyd select the 2021 proposal.
The groups answers were hauled into the FIA World Council, the sports legislative body, by Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto about 4 October.
Since then, there has been a meeting of the working group of the FIA and teams engineers, at which as they stand Alfa Romeo and McLaren were one of those to suggest adjustments to the 2021 rules out.
F1, under the leadership of Mercedes team manager Ross Brawn, has been working for two or more years on a new pair of regulations, with the intent of closing up the field by making it less difficult to decode and creating racing.
Talks over the projected changes to the automobiles are continuing, and has the support of the teams, although A funding cap has already been agreed.
F1 wants to change the way cars create aerodynamic downforce to make it much easier for drivers to follow one another and therefore diluting, with the proposition being for a larger percentage of the total downforce of their car to be made by the underfloor instead of the front wing and various shapers around the top bodywork.
The concept is to get the level to which performance is influenced by turbulent atmosphere to become considerably reduced.
F1 wants to limit the plan freedom available to groups in order to make it more challenging for people using more resources to create cars with this kind of an edge over the others.
It is hoped this would finish the two-tier nature of F1, which has a midfield than the top few teams – Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull.
The top teams have worries about the rules for a number of reasons:
A number of those smaller teams – and some within F1 – consider Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull want to safeguard their competitive edge by keeping the rules the same. The teams that are best deny that this is the motivation.
The six groups who directly objected to the present 2021 proposition are the top teams and also what some regard as their successful satellites – Toro Rosso are Red Bulls professional group, whereas Haas and Racing Point buy large numbers of parts from Ferrari and Mercedes respectively, and have a history of unemployment with their partners.
Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull presented their own proposal for 2021 on Thursday to F1 and the FIA. This was based adding scope for development to ensure the cars would not look exactly the same and choosing what they believe the positive aspects.
Under the governance structure, F1 and both the FIA can impose the rules.
Todt has always preferred to conduct the sport using a collegiate and conciliatory strategy, in contrast to the one espoused with his predecessor.
And attempting to enforce the rules runs the risk of Ferrari with their veto – that will effectively induce the regulations to be stuck together with by the FIA.
But the threat for Ferrari is your understanding that if the veto is exercised by them , they will lose that directly.
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