Red Bull's Christian Horner reckons that the liveries will be the main external differentiators for the cars next season, due to how tight the regulations are for 2022.
With Formula 1 revealing how a 2022 car could look according to the new regulations with a full scale car launched at Silverstone on Thursday, Horner said it's quite likely that most of the real cars next year will look very similar externally to each other.
"Yeah, I think you'll get very slight variants on the theme, I think the regulations are so tight now that the variance between the cars will be visibly quite minimal," Horner told select members of the media, including RacingNews365, at Silverstone.
"And the differences will no doubt be under the skin of the car, which is kind of a shame that we're going down a route that the shape is so constrained.
"So it'll be the livery that will be the biggest differentiator between the cars. So that kind of retro look reminds me of sort of 1990s IndyCar, some of the stuff that Zak [Brown's] got a garage full of!
"So, the car looks pretty cool, but it's kind of retro."
McLaren's Zak Brown, attending the press conference via video call due to his COVID-19 diagnosis, agreed with Horner.
"I don't think radically different because we're all playing within very confined rules. So I've seen what ours looks like. And it's subtly different. So I think what they showed yesterday is a pretty good representation, if you're going to be looking at the car from 50 feet away, like all the Formula 1 cars, but we'll start looking into the detail, you'll start to see the see the differences.
"Obviously, I didn't see yesterday's car live, only visuals of it. And hopefully it's a better race car and does what it's intended to do - making racing closer."
Mercedes' Toto Wolff, sitting beside Horner at the press conference at Silverstone, also expects the cars to all look quite similar next season.
"We are very constrained by the regulations, there will be details that are going to be different between the cars, but I doubt we will have a revolution, that cars will be looking very different."