Those are the immediate questions that jump out from recent rumours from Promobricks, which reports that set number 41241 will be a Formula 1 car containing 1,431 pieces, and retailing for €179.99. The specifics behind the set are an unknown quantity at this time, including whether the car will be tied to a particular brand.
Some kind of licence seems very likely, though, given the LEGO Group already has existing partnerships with the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes – two of the most popular F1 teams around at the moment – through its Speed Champions theme, and indeed through current Technic sets including 42125 Ferrari 488 GTE AF Corse #51 and 42129 4×4 Mercedes-Benz Zetros Trial Truck.
That said, the last large-scale Technic Formula 1 car was the generic 42000 Grand Prix Racer from 2013, which had zero affiliation with any real-world racing brands. Likewise 2000’s 8458 Silver Champion, although the early ‘00s also brought us two predominantly-Technic licensed Formula 1 cars under the Racers theme in 8461 Williams F1 Team Racer and 8386 Ferrari F1 Racer 1:10.
This rumoured set could really go either way, then – if it’s legitimate at all. For now, any word on a new LEGO Technic Formula 1 car should be taken lightly until confirmed otherwise by the LEGO Group. According to Promobricks, 42141 is due for release on March 1, 2022, so we may be waiting a while to find out for sure.