Bold new Ferrari F1 concept rejected until at least 2017

Posted on 19 Feb 2015 by Tim Brown
Ferrari has released pictures of a stiking new F1 concept car
The striking new Ferrari F1 concept car - image courtesy of Ferrari.

Is it possible to invent a new more striking F1 car design within the current F1 rules? Many teams believe it is but proposed rule changes for 2016 and the new Ferrari F1 concept design were rejected by F1 teams at Tuesday's F1 commission meeting in Geneva.

Aiming to be more captivating to the eye and aggressive-looking, Ferrari introduced ‘the concept design’ for a new Ferrari F1 concept a few days ago.

In an effort to create something, which Ferrari described bluntly as simply ‘better looking’, Ferrari put to work its design studio (Centro Stile Ferrari) in collaboration with the Scuderia’s aerodynamics department.

The result, Ferrari said, is an F1 car with ‘minimal changes’ but which looks ‘way different from what have been familiar with so far’.

The company released the concept ahead of a meeting of the F1 commission which took place in Geneva on Tuesday, to highlight the scope of car re-design that Ferrari believes is required.

Ferrari's f1 concept car has set toungues wagging
The Ferrari F1 concept car has set toungues wagging – image courtesy of Ferrari.

The Ferrari F1 concept features a two deck front wing, a much more smoothly contoured body and a more simplistic single large rear wing.

Ferrari’s publication of its concept car comes just shortly after McLaren and Red Bull revealed to rival teams their new car design concepts proposals. Those designs were not released publicly.

However, as reported by AutoSport, the F1 commission in Geneva did not back plans for a rapid overhaul of car regulations that would have resulted in wider cars, bigger tyres and design revisions for 2016.

It is unclear how the vote was split, but there was known to be divided opinion among teams before the meeting about the timetable for making changes.

While some F1 teams wanted the new rules in place for next year, others suggested it would be better that F1 wait until 2017 – when a potential power hike to 1,000bhp and all-new tyre tender contract are likely to take place.

The existing Ferrari F1 car with Ferrari senior management and drivers. From left - Mattia Binotto, Esteban Gutierrez, James Allison, Kimi Raikkonen, Maurizio Arrivabene, Sebastian Vettel, Simone Resta, Corrado Lanzone
The existing Ferrari F1 car with Ferrari senior management and drivers. From left – Mattia Binotto, Esteban Gutierrez, James Allison, Kimi Raikkonen, Maurizio Arrivabene, Sebastian Vettel, Simone Resta, Corrado Lanzone. Image courtesy of Ferrari.