F1 wants its cars to look different in 2025

Television images from the beginning of the season, especially in the night races, have shown that It is difficult to distinguish some of the cars from certain angles.

In particular, the liveries of Aston Martin and Mercedes, as well as those of Williams and RB, are quite similar depending on the perspective, both of which have been pointed out for the way they can sometimes appear indistinguishable from certain points of view.

This problem of some cars being similar at first glance has also been aggravated by the fact that teams have increasingly removed paint from their cars in recent years due to the need to save weightwhich has caused a greater prominence of carbon fiber, which is identical in all cars.

For this reason, some sources have revealed that they have already begun conversations with teams to look for a solution to this situation next yearwith the aim of guaranteeing greater diversity on the grid and avoiding the risk of cars wearing similar colors.

However, the situation is complex because, although the FIA ​​and the FOM want to change the situation because it will be better for F1 fans, they also do not want to go to the extreme of imposing strict regulations that go against the teams.

FIA single-seater head Nikolas Tombazis said the issue will be discussed at the next FIA meeting. F1 Commission to try to find a solution: “As always in Formula 1, everything is a little more complicated than it seems,” he told Motorsport.com.

“One of the problems is that the cars have too much carbon fiber, because obviously the weight of the paint counts, so the cars are a little too black.”

“There has also been a lot of work done by all the teams to change the type of paint or, in fact, today many of them are extremely thin films, to keep the weight as low as possible.”

“And another issue is that some teams seem to use similar color schemes, so they end up having cars that visually look very similar to each other. We are still discussing this with the teams, and it will be discussed at the next F1 Commission,” he added.

Lance Stroll, Aston Martin AMR24, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes F1 W15

Photo by: Sam Bloxham/Motorsport Images

Tombazis believes that the best way to solve the situation is through a collaborative process between teamsinstead of imposing new rules on them in that sense.

“I think we have to get to a process where teams, in one way or another, communicate with each other and say, ‘Well, if your car is blue here, mine won’t be blue there.’ Or something like that.” .

“But how exactly would that process work? [aún está por ver]. It is not a regulatory process. “We don’t want to be making rules about liveries on behalf of the FIA, but we do want the cars to be distinguishable at a glance,” he explained.

Debate over F1 drivers’ helmets

The issue of cars looking similar is not the only topic of conversation, because there is also a certain concern that it will become increasingly difficult to distinguish pilots from the same team.

The helmet designs They are no longer as iconic as before, and they are also hidden by the halo, so it is not as easy to recognize the pilots as it was in the past.

At the moment, the only way teams are forced to make their two cars different is through a color flash on their cameras. onboard.

Article 9.1 c) of the F1 Sporting Regulations requires: “The onboard cameras located above the main structure of the first car must remain as supplied to the Competitor and the second car must be fluorescent yellow.”

Daniel Ricciardo, RB F1 Team VCARB 01 ahead of Esteban Ocon, Alpine A524 and Pierre Gasly, Alpine A524.

Photo by: Sam Bloxham/Motorsport Images

It is understood that Formula 1 is studying if there are better ways to make it easier for fans to recognize each driver of the same team.

Tombazis added: “Before, of course, the drivers had more recognizable helmets because the designs were simpler. And they probably stayed that way throughout the race.”

“Now there is a change in regulations [que permite cambiar el diseño de los cascos] and they wear all those weird shades, plus you can’t see the helmet anyway because of the halo. “We have to find some way that people can tell if it’s George Russell or Lewis Hamilton, but also that they can easily tell the cars apart.”

But, as with the issue of car designs, the FIA ​​wants that to be something for the teams to take care of themselves rather than being forced to do so by imposing new rules.

“It’s not something we want to put in a regulation and then report to the commissioners because we don’t like the color it has.”

“We don’t want to get into that. But we do want to get to a point where in some way the teams see it as a common good that the cars can be recognizable with the naked eye,” Tombazis said.


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