Another year, another season of Formula 1 and a grid of new F1 cars. And with those F1 cars comes a series car launches at factories, tracks and pre-season testing.
Update: Alpine previews new livery theme
Updated 13:00 Friday 15th January. Alpine has given us a teaser of its 2021 livery, or rather previewed some design assets we can expect to see on the A521 this year.
“The livery presented today is the first evocation of the Alpine F1 team’s new identity,” said Antony Villain, Alpine’s Design Director. “Some of the structural graphic elements will remain on the racing livery while others will change. The ‘oversized’ Alpine emblem in a tricolour graphics system is the first clear-cut symbol of the brand’s identity in motorsport. The blue, white and red refer to the colours of the French and British flags, which is very important to us. Numerous variations on all the motorsport assets are still to come.”
The final Alpine 2021 livery will be revealed in February.
Update: Aston Martin ditches pink for British Racing Green
Updated 7th January 2021. The new Aston Martin F1 team has announced that American IT company Cognizant will be the team’s title sponsor for the 2021 F1 season, bringing with it a change from the bright pink livery it had used under its previous name, Racing Point. The bright pink colour scheme was introduced in 2017 when Austrian water company BWT became the title sponsor of the then Force India. As Force India became Racing Point, under the new ownership of Lawrence Stroll, the ‘Pink Panther’ livery remained, and when another major sponsor, betting firm SportPesa, quit, pink became the sole livery colour. The team will be known officially as the “Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One Team”, and the new colour scheme? British Racing Green of course. Aston Martin previously announced that it would reveal its new livery in February and has now added that the new car will be unveiled in March before pre-season testing.
How many F1 teams are launching cars?
There were ten teams and 20 cars on the grid in 2020, and for various reasons 23 drivers occupying those race seats. For the 2021 season there are new F1 drivers and established names in fresh overalls, but as in 2020 there are 10 teams.
What F1 rule changes are there for 2021?
There are some key rule changes that will affect the 2021 F1 cars. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting financial strain put on F1 teams and other businesses, the big F1 car rule change that was scheduled for 2021 has been pushed back to 2022. The knock-on effect of that means 2021 F1 cars will be developments of those from the 2020 season. The FIA wanted to see a 10 per cent reduction in downforce to reduce tyre wear, so aerodynamic devices like holes and vents on the outside of the floor have been outlawed and the floor must be cut diagonally 1,800mm back from the front axle. There must be less flex in the floor, too, down from 10mm to 8mm when a 500Nm force is applied. The rear diffuser must be simpler, too, as must the ducting in the rear brakes.
The minimum F1 car weight is up for 2021, by 3kg from 746kg to 749kg, with the minimum weight of the power unit up to 150kg to stop engine suppliers spending money on new hi-tech lightweight materials. Then there are the materials teams can use, as the FIA has opened up the rules to allow the use of bamboo, cotton, hemp and linen.
What else in F1 will be different in 2021?
The provisional 2021 F1 calendar is a record-breaking 23-race marathon, or at least it will be if COVID does the decent thing and goes away. Before the season kicks off, though, the new cars need to be revealed to the world. And it’ll feel quite different to 2020. For the first time in the team’s history there will be no one from the Williams family at the reveal of the Williams FW44, as the team found new ownership mid-way through the turbulent 2020 season. Renault F1 becomes Alpine, meanwhile, and Racing Point becomes Aston Martin F1.
When are the new 2021 Formula 1 cars being revealed?
Aston Martin will be the first team to reveal its new car, with a launch in February. Ferrari are the only other team to have announced when it will reveal its car, with the car set to be revealed just before the single pre-season test in early March, but no date has been set.