With the F1 Commission meeting in Geneva today to deliberate on the future of the sport, Ferrari has decided to release its own vision of what it thinks its Formula One car could look like in the coming years.
Penned by Scuderia Ferrari's designers and aerodynamicists, these renderings depict a car that's still recognisably a top-tier open-wheeler, but with more complex aero, semi-enclosed wheels and a streamlined helmet for the driver that integrates into the bodywork.
It's certainly wild. The double-decker front wing has vertical elements to direct air around the front wheels, while the wheels themselves are almost nested into the car's body.
The rear wing also takes on a more organic form and wraps around the back wheels. It looks bulkier and a lot less spindly than the current Ferrari F1 racers, but is just as complex aerodynamically - if not more so.
Is it a sign of things to come? Probably not, but if nothing else it shows a potential direction that the F1 cars of the future could take.
However, if the F1 Commission agrees to radical rule changes this week this rendering - or something close to it - may make the transition into a real-life racecar in the not-too-distant future. Watch this space.
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