F1's prescriptive 2021 rules will only cause design convergence
OPINION: Our resident technical director has cast his eye over the 2021 rules that were revealed at the US GP. While he likes the initial concept, he fears its restrictive nature will lead to convergence of car design - not a potential boost in overtaking
On track, the United States Grand Prix was all about Lewis Hamilton securing his sixth world championship. But what happened off-track was also significant, with the 2021 regulations rubber-stamped by the FIA's World Motor Sport Council and presented to the world last Thursday.
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