Gary's verdict on the 2021 F1 regulations
Do you think the 2021 concept is the right direction for F1?
Mario Colombo, via email
I totally agree with the Formula 1 teams that if the new 2021 regs are too prescriptive then all the cars will be indistinguishable and may lack design intrigue and any wow-factor. I fail to understand why the rules cannot be 'restrictive' rather than 'prescriptive' so that the form and shape of the cars can be different. Yes, maybe, the cars will all eventually converge on a similar optimum design but we may at least get a few years of divergence.
Guy Dormehl, via email
How can Formula 1 improve overtaking as some drivers are still struggling even with DRS due to a lack of front downforce?
Carl Bailey, via Facebook
I will answer these three related questions as one, because it will reduce the need for me to repeat myself and allow me to cover the complete subject in one answer.
I haven't seen the regulations in full and I don't really think they fully exist yet, so what we are seeing is still really a list of suggestions and a styling exercise.
I am also not a big fan of the regulations being too prescriptive. There needs to be a high percentage of latitude to allow the teams to put their own stamp on the concepts and designs.
F1 has set up a group to examine these regulations and 'hopefully' (its word, not mine) find any potential loopholes that might just eliminate something exploitative. By doing so, it is reducing the potential for innovation from any of the teams.