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Brundle: 2026 F1 regs between a draft and technically driven wish-list

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Martin Brundle, the former Formula 1 driver and respected pundit of the sport weighed in on the 2026 regulations the sport has announced ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.

The new regulations have not been received with enthusiasm to say the least, many teams and drivers expressing their concerns about many aspects of them from the power units that will deliver Internal Combustion and Electrical power through a 50/50 ratio to the active aero added to allow the cars to reduce drag to compensate for the lack of power in the straights.

The good news is that the new regulations are still subject to change with McLaren Team Principal Andrea Stella labeling the 2026 F1 regulations a draft, a phrase Brundle used in is assessment of the new rules.

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And while Alex Brundle, the some of Martin has expressed his disappointment about the new rules in an exclusive interview with GrandPrix247, Senior has voiced his concerns, but decided to keep the faith in F1, the FIA, and the teams working together to sort out the rules ahead of 2026.

In his Sky Sports F1 column, Brundle wrote: “The dramatic changes proposed in the 2026 F1 regulations were announced during the event [Canadian GP].

“In reality, they were somewhere between draft regulations and a technically driven wish-list, and were inevitably received somewhat sceptically within teams and the media.

“In a nutshell, it’s far more battery power to make it roughly half and half sustainable fuel engine and electric propulsion. With correspondingly less downforce and drag to help the cars be more efficient in the usage of that electrical power, including active aerodynamics with the front and rear wings moving up and down as required on the straights and through the corners.

“The cars will be a little smaller, the word ‘nimble’ was optimistically used frequently, and the target is to reduce the overall weight by 30kgs,” he added.

The moveable front and rear wings a safety concern

Stella: 2026 Formula 1 cars not fast in corners, too fast in straights

Brundle went on to dissect the 2026 draft regulations, pointing out areas that concern him while trying to be optimistic.

He wrote: “I like to be fundamentally positive about these things as they tend to turn out fine in the end once the FIA, F1, and teams combine their talents and mighty resource. F1 has had to evolve over the decades to remain cutting edge and relevant whilst somehow fulfilling its primary role of entertaining people.

“Some are concerned that the cars will be too high on top speeds on the straights, and too slow through the corners in that aero format. I’d personally be a concerned about significantly moveable front and rear wings should they not return to the correct position for a very high-speed corner due to debris, damage, or malfunction.

“Having said that, F1 throttle and brakes are controlled by wire and have been for some time,” he pointed out.

The veteran of 158 grands prix is still not sure how the racing in 2026 and beyond will be, he said: “The problem we have for 2026 is that the motor loses the MGU-H from the turbocharger which was very handy at generating electrical energy, and the new cars will not have any battery regeneration from the front wheels.

“And so, especially on circuits which have lots of straights and few big braking zones, it will be hard to generate the required amounts of energy for the significantly bigger battery. How that impacts on pure racing remains to be seen, and for those celebrating the imminent demise of the DRS rear wings, be careful what you wish for.

“And knocking 30kgs out of a car that, albeit smaller, will have higher crash protection, active aero, and a bigger battery, will be quite the challenge.

“We’ll know soon enough; they’ll be on track in just 18 months and the teams by regulation can’t start the aero work until 2025,” the 65-year-old Briton concluded.

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