Brawn promises 'sensational' future F1 cars

From ESPN - January 12, 2018

Formula One's managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn says F1 cars of the future will look "sensational" in their design and should resemble futuristic video games.

F1 is currently evaluating how to make cars look and sound better to tie-in with the next big regulation overhaul, which is set to take place in 2021. From the upcoming season, F1 cars will feature the controversial Halo cockpit protection device, which has drawn criticism from fans, teams and drivers alike -- despite its added safety benefits.

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton said the 2017 finale in Abu Dhabi was "the last race where the cars will look good", while the FIA has hit back at the negative claims, adding it expects the final Halo designs to look better than the initial prototype. But Brawn, who agrees the safety device currently looks like it has been "stuck on the car", insists plans for the next generation of F1 machinery look more aesthetically appealing.

"We have had designers working on the aesthetics of the cars for some time now and the aesthetics of the cars are a really important thing," he told Sky Sports. "I think we have done some great work on how you integrate the Halo, for instance, because it looks like it's just been stuck on the car -- which it quite literally has.


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