Terms To Overuse In F1 2021: Glidepath & Sliding Scale

F1 drivers of the top 3 teams could be most impacted by the glidepath and sliding scale rules in F1 2021
Two new terms – glidepath and sliding scale will be overused come F1 2021! We tell you why both these terms are a landmark inclusion for the sport. 

Formula 1 drivers have been one of the highest paid athletes in the world. The sport should do what it takes to NOT include their salaries in the budget cap ever. Also, Stroll-Wolff to takeover Mercedes and re-brand as Aston Martin? Formula 1‘s latest budget cap + aero handicap rules will be applauded in the time to come.

Formula 1 and the FIA have made one of their most sublime moves in recent times on the teams – a budget cap and handicap for aerodynamic development. They’ve also introduced two new terms that we will hear for the rest of time – glidepath (for the budget cap) and sliding scale (for the aero cap). But the ONE THING we don’t ever wish to have added to the budget cap is driver salaries.

Also in this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, why the Dutch Grand Prix should never be without the fans (or TV-only), how Lawrence Stroll’s paternal and business instincts need to have a clear demarcation and we bet that Formula 1 will offer more track time to teams before the first race of the 2020 Formula 1 season. Tune in!

(Season 2020, Episode 20)

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Here’s what’s in store for you in this episode:

0:00-3:00 – The Mercedes-Aston Martin, Lawrence Stroll-Toto Wolff rumour and could it finally give us a Lewis Hamilton-Lance Stroll partnership?

3:00-6:00 – The budget cap should never include drivers’ salaries ever! We tell you why. But let’s remember the two terms that will come handy in F1 2021, glidepath and sliding scale

6:00-9:00 – A handicap system to help slower teams has reaped results in the past. It’s a landmark move for Formula 1

9:00-12:00 – Will A-B team partnerships strengthen even more under the new restricted aerodynamic development regulations?

12:00-15:00 – Kudos to the FIA for starting a ‘hotline’ number for whistle blowers. But can you please also release the details of the settlement with Ferrari over their power units from 2019?

15:00-end – Audi & Formula E are taking their Esports commitment a bit too seriously. Is a promotion to Mercedes a bit too early for the yet-to-prove-himself George Russell? Finally, teams and drivers will need a bit of track time to get back in sync and rhythm before the start of the 2020 Formula 1 season.

Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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