Red Bull’s technical chief Adrian Newey reckons that the new set of regulations will lead to wider competitive gaps between teams up and down the grid.
Formula 1 is set for a major overhaul this year, with the new generation of cars given a more aggressive stance using wider tyres and wings.
Taking past as an indicator, Newey, whose team benefited from a similar change in 2009, expects that the new regulations will shake-up the competitive order in Formula 1.
"It will almost certainly mean the grid will be a bit more spread out to start with," Newey told Sky Sports F1.
"Whenever there is a regulation change, some teams read the regulations better than others. Typically the big teams, who have the bigger resource, read them better, but when we had the last big regulation change in 2009 that wasn't the case, it was Brawn and ourselves who read them correctly, and the grandees, then Ferrari and McLaren, who struggled a bit”
"Whenever you have regulation change, you have lots of ideas which you have to channel down to a direction and a philosophy for the car. Although we are one of the bigger teams we don't have the resources to look at them all avenues simultaneously.
"It's [a case of] 'this is the avenue we believe is the correct one' and we hope we are right. There is always the chance that there is an avenue or direction which someone else has taken which is superior."
Many have been critical of Formula 1’s hybrid era as the sport pursued a route towards being more road-relevant.
Newey is the latest figure to join the bandwagon, questioning whether F1 is a battleground between engineers or drivers.
"Is F1 a technical showcase for motor manufacturers, of their engine prowess for instance, or is it a spectacle that involves man and machine?" he asked.
"Depending on who you are, you are one way or the other. My personal view is that it should be a battle of drivers coupled with the creativeness of engineers. That means it shouldn't purely be battle of resources, which is what it has tended to become on the engineers' side.”
by Rachit Thukral