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Alex Brundle: Disappointed by 2026 regulations

Alex Brundle: Disappointed by 2026 Formula 1 regulations

Alex Brundle: Disappointed by 2026 regulations

Alex Brundle has expressed disappointment in some of the changes planned for the 2026 Formula 1 World Championship.

More details on the various regulation changes to be introduced in 2026 were revealed by the FIA earlier this month, in a bid to intensify on-track action and make F1 more environmentally friendly.

The entertainment factor of the sport has been called into question in recent years, with increasingly wider and more cumbersome cars making overtaking a difficult task. This was clear for all to see at the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix, which saw the top ten drivers finish in exactly the same positions they started the race in.

To combat this pressing issue which has caused a lowered interest in F1 and dwindling viewership, the 2026 season will see lighter cars, active aerodynamics and a “Manual Override Mode” which will give more power for the following car.

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Furthermore, more of the total power output will be supplied by the battery rather than the combustion engine. The latter will also run on 100% sustainable fuel to bring down F1’s carbon footprint.

Despite these proposed changes, numerous drivers have expressed concern with the driving stability of the 2026 cars after initial simulator testing, and also the fact that a major rule change will spread out the field once again as it did in 2022.

F1 feeder series commentator and racing driver Alex Brundle also couldn’t hide his disappointment with the next generation of F1 car.

I’m not supportive

Alex Brundle: Disappointed by 2026 regulations

Speaking exclusively to GRANDPRIX247, Brundle admitted that the 2026 regulations left much to be desired from a technical standpoint. He said: “Bit disappointed… It’s only a 30 kilogram reduction in weight.

“I’m not supportive of increasing electrification of power units… I think it’s going to be a big departure for engineering teams in what’s going to be a power unit efficiency-dominated Formula,” stated Brundle.

However, the Briton was keen to stress that it wasn’t all bad; despite mixed reactions from others Brundle is excited about the introduction of active aerodynamics. He explained: “I think moveable aero parts are an interesting one.

“I think active aero is good. It’s a good option for cars because what it allows you to do is ramp in front wing when you’re following the car ahead. In theory, this allows cars to get closer and pass each other. So I’m definitely in favour of active aerodynamics.”

With a record six different engine manufacturers competing in the 2026 Formula One World Championship, including the debut of Audi and the return of Ford in partnership with Red Bull as well as Honda with Aston Martin, there is still much excitement surrounding the next era of F1.

Big Question: What’s your take on the 2026 Formula 1 regulations?