With teams having agreed to use their 2020 chassis again in 2021 and the new regulations getting pushed back a year due to the Coronavirus, it’s expected that the 2021 cars will look very similar to their 2020 counterparts.
However, with the potential for a token system (still under discussion at present) to allow development on some areas of the car for next year, Racing Point technical director Andrew Green told Motorsport.com he believes the cars will look slightly different come 2021.
"There's a big push to try and maintain as much of the design up and down the pitlane going into 2021 to reduce the car costs.’’
"So I think that we will see a significant amount of carryover from all teams and I think some of is going to be enforced by regulation and some of it is just going to be enforced by the timelines that we're working to now.
"With everyone sitting at home not working, you can't develop this car. There's no development happening, so you're naturally moving towards this year's car racing next year.
"We are changing name of the car [when Racing Point is rebranded as Aston Martin at the start of 2021], but I think by the time we get to the first race in Melbourne all the cars will look slightly different.
"But there will be a significant amount of carryover up and down the pitlane."
Comparisons of Racing Point’s 2020 challenger to the Mercedes W10 were made during pre-season testing, with some dubbing it a 'pink Mercedes.' The Silverstone-based team went for a low-rake concept after going for a high-rake concept for many years.
The team agreed to the change following a lack of gains with the high-rake concept since 2014. Green believes it was the right call following a strong showing in winter testing and that they’ve ‘’exceeded the performance of last year’s car.’’
"It's just at the time we were weighing up the risk of what happens if we fail."
"If we stop what we're doing, go down a different road and we don't recover the performance and we end up with a car that's actually slower than we had last year.
And the thinking at the time was, 'well, it'll only be for one year, because we're going to have to scrap it anyway'.
"That scenario, as far as I can see, didn't materialise.
"So, for us now, we exceeded the performance of last year's car with the new car. So, we're not concerned about running it for effectively 18 months."