Home Formula One Simulator reveals 2026 F1 vehicles can be “horrible”

Simulator reveals 2026 F1 vehicles can be “horrible”

Simulator reveals 2026 F1 vehicles can be “horrible”


Max Verstappen has echoed his Purple Bull staff principal Christian Horner’s warnings over the issues they imagine the 2026 Method 1 guidelines will create.

Following assessments on the staff’s simulator, Verstappen listed a collection of considerations over the results of the deliberate modifications to the engine laws, which had been agreed final yr. He warned the brand new guidelines will make overtaking more durable, create heavier vehicles and even pressure drivers to alter down gears on the finish of lengthy straights to maximise efficiency.

Verstappen additionally claimed the brand new laws will place an excessive amount of emphasis on the significance of energy unit design over different features of the automotive.

Purple Bull’s rivals Mercedes have already dismissed a few of their considerations. Mercedes staff principal Toto Wolff accused Horner of “doom mongering”, rejected claims drivers must downshift on the straights, and claimed Purple Bull’s feedback reveals they’re involved in regards to the state of their engine growth programme.

F1 final modified its engine guidelines when it launched its present V6 hybrid turbo laws in 2014. Mercedes dominated that season and the 2 years after it thanks largely to the efficiency of their energy unit.

Verstappen warned the brand new engine guidelines danger creating one other state of affairs the place one staff has a major benefit and can enhance prices.

“For me, the issue is, it appears prefer it’s going to be an ICE [internal combustion engine] competitors, like whoever has the strongest engine could have an enormous profit. However I don’t suppose that ought to be the intention of Method 1, as a result of then you’ll begin an enormous growth struggle once more, and it’ll turn out to be fairly costly to seek out most likely a number of horsepower right here and there. I feel it really ought to be the other.”

Advert | Develop into a RaceFans supporter and go ad-free

The 2-times world champion mentioned his first impression of the impression the brand new guidelines could have is just not constructive.

“I’ve been speaking about that with the staff and I’ve seen the information already on the simulator as nicely. To me, it appears fairly horrible.

“I imply, if you happen to go flat-out on the straight at Monza, I don’t know what it’s, like 4 or 5 hundred [metres] earlier than the top of the straight, you need to downshift flat-out, as a result of that’s sooner. I feel that’s not the best way ahead, [but] after all, most likely that’s one of many worst tracks.”

F1 intends to shift the steadiness of energy technology in its subsequent technology of motors in order that the inner combustion engine and electrical methods every present round 50% of the full energy output. So as to try this whereas retaining present efficiency ranges, F1 plans to introduce energetic methods to scale back drag.

Verstappen believes that can make it more durable to overhaul and mentioned the methods ought to be driver-controlled, fairly than automated.

“The vehicles most likely have so much much less drag so will probably be even more durable to overhaul on the straight,” he mentioned. “You’ve the energetic aerodynamics, which you’ll’t management, the system will management it for you.

Advert | Develop into a RaceFans supporter and go ad-free

“Which then I feel makes it very awkward to drive, as a result of I favor to regulate it myself. After all, whenever you’re behind somebody, perhaps you want extra entrance or extra rear. These sort of issues. If the system begins to regulate that for you, I don’t suppose that’s the suitable manner ahead.”

Whereas the 2026 chassis laws haven’t but been finalised, the brand new energy items can be heavier. F1 is already making an attempt to reverse a succession of will increase within the minimal weight restrict over the previous decade and a half, and Verstappen believes the brand new guidelines will make issues worse.

“The burden goes up once more, so we’ve to significantly have a look at this as a result of ’26 is just not that distant. In the mean time, to me, it appears very dangerous from all of the numbers and what I see from the information already. So it’s not one thing I’m very enthusiastic about in the mean time.”

Develop into a RaceFans Supporter

RaceFans is run thanks partially to the beneficiant help of its readers. By contributing £1 per 30 days or £12 per yr (or the identical in whichever foreign money you utilize) you may assist cowl the prices of making, internet hosting and growing RaceFans as we speak and sooner or later.

Develop into a RaceFans Supporter as we speak and browse the positioning ad-free. Enroll or discover out extra through the hyperlinks under:

2023 Austrian Grand Prix

Browse all 2023 Austrian Grand Prix articles



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here