Murray outlines identity crisis in current F1 cars

2017 Formula One cars will get even faster

Former Brabham and McLaren Formula One designer Gordon Murray has claimed that the current cars on the circuit are “a shame”.



Murray, who is famous for designing the all-conquering McLaren-Honda MP4/4 that won 15 out of 16 races in 1988, told Motorsport’s weekly programme The Flying Lap the reason why he is disappointed with the similarity of the 2017 F1 cars.

“There’s not a lot to say really about the current cars from an aesthetics point of view – I think it’s a shame,” said Murray.

“I don’t mind the fact that they are totally dominated by aerodynamics as much as I mind that the regulations force them all to look pretty much the same.

“It’s the old business of ‘put them all in a room and paint them all white and give someone 30 seconds to identify them’. I don’t think I could. That’s the bit I really don’t like.”

Murray said that he was grateful to have worked in the sport at a time when there was far more diversity between cars, which led to the distinguished 1983 Brabham BT52.

“I was in Formula 1 in the ’70s, ’80s and those were the two decades where you had the most freedom, mainly with where you put the major masses in the car,” said Murray.




“Once the regulations told you where the driver had to be, the fuel had to be and the powertrain had to be, you’re stuck.

“In the early days, you could shift the driver backwards and forwards, fuel and engine.”

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