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“It’s a good day for Formula 1”: Midfield teams praise 2021 rules

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Midfield teams have praised the approval of new rules for the 2021 F1 season which they hope will help them to compete with the sport’s richest competitors.

Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams was very positive about what the new rules will mean for the sport.

“From a Williams perspective, we’re delighted that the new regulations were approved by World Motor Sports Council,” she said. “They’re everything that we’ve wanted to see from the various perspectives, whether they be technical and most clearly the financial regulations that are coming on board for 2021 are exactly where we wanted to be.

“We understand that they’re a first step moving forwards. But they’re certainly a right step in the direction that we wanted to ensure that the sport, but also teams like ours, remain sustainable for the future.

“I think we all are very aware of how unsustainable at the moment Formula 1 is from a cost perspective. So to have a level of cost capping at this first junction is really important to teams like ours. I don’t think that can be underestimated.

“The technical regulations as well are a step in the right direction. I think there’s probably some tweaking to do but I think certainly as a first step they’re exactly what we wanted to see.”

Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost said the regulations will address all the major areas for improvement in the sport. “The cost cap, because we need to come down with the costs in Formula 1. The money distribution is more fair than it was before. Then the new technical regulations, the new sporting regulations and as well the governance.”

“It’s a new start for Formula 1 and I hope that it will become successful,” he added.

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown said the approval of the new rules package was “a good day for Formula 1” and predicted the changes will make for an “exciting” season in 2021. However he admitted McLaren weren’t completely happy with every aspect of the new rules.

“Sure, we all would like to see some things modified, but that’s always going to be the case,” he said. “In our case, I think the budget cap was one area that I would have liked to see something more aggressive. But it is what it is. And I think that most importantly, we have clear direction moving forward.”

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  • 4 comments on ““It’s a good day for Formula 1”: Midfield teams praise 2021 rules”

    1. Hamilton and Newey please join Williams 2021 in your twilight and create a British super team. MWGA

      1. Powered by a Renault engine?

        1. What! You want them to lose?

        2. I thought Mercedes were keeping Williams their engine?

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