2021 F1 cars thread

2021 F1 cars thread

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Piginapoke

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1,843 posts

149 months

Wednesday 10th February
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Hi all. We're coming into the new car season and I thought we could use a thread for the cars when they appear. Most will be similar to last year, but McLaren, Ferrari and Aston Martin all seem to be saying that there will be plenty new to look at.

Here's the team launch dates as announced so far:


ajprice

20,152 posts

160 months

Thursday 11th February
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Haas won't be able to do the first fire up of their engines until the Bahrain test, because of Covid isolation periods and the engines needing Ferrari techs to travel from Italy to do it at the Haas base. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.covid-r...

Sandpit Steve

2,654 posts

38 months

Thursday 11th February
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ajprice said:
Haas won't be able to do the first fire up of their engines until the Bahrain test, because of Covid isolation periods and the engines needing Ferrari techs to travel from Italy to do it at the Haas base. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.covid-r...
That’s a weird one for them. They used to build up the new car at Dallara in Italy, who build the chassis, but elected this year to do it in the UK as the chassis is almost unchanged.

The Ferrari engine techs don’t have time in the schedule to quarantine in the UK, and presumably can’t get the UK team to Italy without the same issues, so they’ll have to do the fire-up and shakedown with everyone in Bahrain.

Sadly, one of the difficulties in having the team spread over so many facilities. Good luck to them, in what’s likely to be another underwhelming season. Hope they’ve got some sponsors’ names on the car, there’s weren’t many other than Haas Automation last year, Gene can’t bankroll an F1 team forever.

ajprice

20,152 posts

160 months

Saturday 13th February
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ScarbsF1 is starting to pick up on changes to the cars for 2021. Ferrari airbox

"Quite obvious that Ferrari are going bigger on 2021s big trend 'centreline cooling'.
Added inlets around the roll structure feed coolers behind the engine.
A neat legal way to work around the homologation rules. Allows for slimmer sidepods."



https://twitter.com/ScarbsTech/status/136028173233...

Pizzaeatingking

437 posts

35 months

Saturday 13th February
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Sandpit Steve said:
Gene can’t bankroll an F1 team forever.
I'd assume that's why Mazepin is in the car.

Sandpit Steve

2,654 posts

38 months

Saturday 13th February
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Pizzaeatingking said:
Sandpit Steve said:
Gene can’t bankroll an F1 team forever.
I'd assume that's why Mazepin is in the car.
Well he isn’t there because he’s the fastest driver available, that’s for sure.

Tazar

211 posts

156 months

Saturday 13th February
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We’re coming into a new season with so many suggestions as to how things may be changed. Salaries come into discussion so why don’t we have a maximum salary for a F1 driver from his or her team including sponsors deals and then they can make up their salary from other championship races, ie. Indy, Le Mans, BYCV, etc.
Graham Hill and Jim Clarke had to, so why not Lewis ?

Piginapoke

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1,843 posts

149 months

Sunday 14th February
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Tazar said:
We’re coming into a new season with so many suggestions as to how things may be changed. Salaries come into discussion so why don’t we have a maximum salary for a F1 driver from his or her team including sponsors deals and then they can make up their salary from other championship races, ie. Indy, Le Mans, BYCV, etc.
Graham Hill and Jim Clarke had to, so why not Lewis ?
Thanks Tazar, although we're aiming for a slightly anorak/nerdy 2021 new car discussion here hehe

Sandpit Steve

2,654 posts

38 months

Sunday 14th February
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So McLaren are going to be first to launch tomorrow, with what’s almost certain to be the most changed car on the grid, having moved PU supplier from Renault to Mercedes over the winter.

I suspect it will also be the most changed car between its launch and the first race, as they shake it down then go testing, and gain a much better understanding of it.

AJB88

7,397 posts

135 months

Sunday 14th February
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Reckon a new livery?

Piginapoke

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1,843 posts

149 months

Sunday 14th February
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AJB88 said:
Reckon a new livery?
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Don’t think so, same papaya orange with maybe a few more sponsors.

Expecting a whole new back end though.

Sandpit Steve

2,654 posts

38 months

Sunday 14th February
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Piginapoke said:
Don’t think so, same papaya orange with maybe a few more sponsors.

Expecting a whole new back end though.
A back end that looks remarkably similar to last year’s Mercedes, by any chance?

They apparently spent tens of millions on that horizontal rear suspension last year, I’d be amazed if McLaren, Williams and Racing Point don’t all have a version of it on the ‘21 car.

Piginapoke

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1,843 posts

149 months

Sunday 14th February
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Sandpit Steve said:
Piginapoke said:
Don’t think so, same papaya orange with maybe a few more sponsors.

Expecting a whole new back end though.
A back end that looks remarkably similar to last year’s Mercedes, by any chance?

They apparently spent tens of millions on that horizontal rear suspension last year, I’d be amazed if McLaren, Williams and Racing Point don’t all have a version of it on the ‘21 car.
Will be too early for Williams- still using it's own (outdated) gearbox in 2021. Aston and McLaren's rears will be near identical to last year's Merc I should imagine.


Edited by Piginapoke on Sunday 14th February 12:10

ajprice

20,152 posts

160 months

Monday 15th February
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Fundoreen

2,208 posts

47 months

Monday 15th February
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You can only hope mclaren have done something with the paintjob. They are consistantly the dullest looking car on the grid. That orange does not work very well at all.
Last good one was the thunderbirds one a few years back. But the car was so slow it got tainted by association.

HTP99

18,074 posts

104 months

Monday 15th February
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Fundoreen said:
You can only hope mclaren have done something with the paintjob. They are consistantly the dullest looking car on the grid. That orange does not work very well at all.
Last good one was the thunderbirds one a few years back. But the car was so slow it got tainted by association.
The colour orange and word dull don't really work.

I love the orange McLaren, it's really striking and certainly stands out, anyway papaya orange is McLarens colour.

AJB88

7,397 posts

135 months

Monday 15th February
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Livery design has been very poor for years now, BTCC/F1 etc have had some decent liveries over the years but not very often anymore.

DanielSan

16,055 posts

131 months

Monday 15th February
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Fundoreen said:
You can only hope mclaren have done something with the paintjob. They are consistantly the dullest looking car on the grid. That orange does not work very well at all.
Last good one was the thunderbirds one a few years back. But the car was so slow it got tainted by association.
You might need to change the colour settings on your TV if an orange Mclaren looks dull

MiniMan64

13,830 posts

154 months

Monday 15th February
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Fundoreen said:
You can only hope mclaren have done something with the paintjob. They are consistantly the dullest looking car on the grid. That orange does not work very well at all.
Last good one was the thunderbirds one a few years back. But the car was so slow it got tainted by association.
Which McLaren are you looking at? Their orange is one of the standouts on the grid!

Str6mik

166 posts

140 months

Monday 15th February
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Did anyone else watch the McLaren car launch? Was it just me picking up a bit of needle between lando and Danny ric?