Ask Gary: Will the 2021 rules mean a Mercedes car concept change?

Ask Gary: Will the 2021 rules mean a Mercedes car concept change?

Now Formula 1's rules for 2021 are in place, will standard-setting Mercedes be forced into a change of philosophy? Our ex-F1 technical director tackles this question, and further queries on Haas's struggles and the strength of Honda's engine

With the new rules set for 2021, how important will the rake of the new cars be in relation to the ground effect? Are we going to see more cars going towards Mercedes' low-rake concept or is it Mercedes that will be forced to adopt the high-rake philosophy instead?

Ivan Souza, via email

The quick answer is I don't really have a clue because that's what all the research and development that the teams are doing will reveal. However, the reasons behind a high-rake philosophy are still the same, if actually not more of a requirement.

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