Alpine executive director Marcin Budkowski has eased fears F1 will look like a one-make championship when new regulations are introduced next season.
The 2022 car was launched at Silverstone last time out with radical new styling as the sport aims to promote closer, more exciting racing.
With the regulations around car design much more restrictive in order to discourage a plethora of wings and vanes from being added to the cars in the quest for added performance, worries have arisen over the sport reflecting a one-make series.
Asked if this was a concern, Budkowski replied: "By definition, these regulations, even if they are more restrictive, are still open to development, so we’re far from a one-make formula so far.
"Equally, one of the objectives of the FIA and Formula 1, when they conceived these regulations, is to make them more restrictive because they want closer racing, as in less differences, less potential, if you want, for differentiation between the teams.
"They also conceived them for an objective, which is easier following, so more ease of overtaking if you want and the more divergence from the initial geometry, the more the subjective is at risk, so that’s the reason why they’re more restrictive."
Like with any change of regulation in F1, the development cycle allows for larger gains at the beginning of a regulation set before gains become more incremental at the end of the cycle and Budkowski expects no different from the 2022 machinery.
"We’re still finding quite a lot of performance at this stage because it’s early on in the development phase of these cars," he added.
"It will taper down, it will be more and more difficult to find performance but at this stage, there is still quite a lot of performance to be found on these cars."
What do you think?
Colin Chapman stepped away from F1 because of the tightening rules. I'd agree with him here. F1 is now heading towards standard corporate engineering, good for "entertainment" but the death knell for designers and engineers. Designing washing machines may be the way to go.
GPFans is a multi-platform, multi-language brand dedicated to Formula One coverage. We bring you all the ins and outs of the sport, 24/7, everything from up-to-the-minute news and features to the latest viral stories and clips.
We believe that a new generation of exciting, outspoken drivers will make F1 more popular than ever before, and we want to give our users access to as much of their heroes as possible, on and off the track. From Lewis Hamilton to Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo to Sebastian Vettel, we provide in-depth analysis of every every Grand Prix in the season, from Australia to Abu Dhabi.
With Formula One under the new ownership of Liberty Media, how the sport is being covered is evolving, and GPFans will look to be at the heart of this progression into new media, as one of the fastest-growing sites covering the king of motorsports.