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2020 and 2021 will be a 'difficult time' for small teams - Racing Point

  • Published on 13 Jan 2020 13:45
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Racing Point technical director Andrew Green admits he is "very nervous" about the next two seasons of Formula 1.

The Briton believes that it is a difficult time for smaller teams due to the transition to new regulations in 2021.

The new regulations, which will majorly revamp the aerodynamics of the car, will be accompanied by a spending cap, meaning teams can spend freely in preparation for the 2021 campaign before they are restricted to $175 million.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner expects 2020 to be an expensive year for teams, while a handful of team principals admit that they believe the gap between the big teams and midfield teams will be even bigger next year.

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Racing Point is hoping to bounce back in 2020 after finishing the 2019 season in seventh place, but Green admits that it will find itself in a difficult place trying to develop two cars. 

"We have the feeling that both years will suffer," Green told Auto Motor und Sport. "This year we have to think of 2021 as well, but we cannot neglect 2020 either.

"There is no nice middle ground for us at the moment. It's a difficult time for a small team. We know that the big teams will put a lot of energy and resources into the areas that will then be limited in 2021. It makes me very nervous."

Good chance of midfield team finding big gains for 2021

Green added that the team will be placed in a difficult position in April to May as it shifts its resources to the 2021 season.

The Briton says that there is a good chance of a midfield team "scoring the golden goal" with the 2021 regulations and leaping to the front of the field.

"Between April to May we will put everything towards 2021. It is not a comfortable situation," he said. 

"There are teams like McLaren and Renault who think they will find something like the double diffuser and then destroy everyone in 2021. But then you're throwing away a whole year.

"There is a good chance of scoring a golden goal, but I couldn't sacrifice a season when there is no guarantee."

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  • Very likely. In fact, it would not surprise me at all if the holy shit trinity (note: said more because I think it sounds fun than as criticism) will be even further away than they've been these last years. Not saying they will be, just saying I won't be surprised. Sadly, the layout of how they arranged things are to blame for this. The budget caps should've been introduced so as to include the development for the 2021 car, not for the year as a whole. But maybe this was the only way to get the HST on board.

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