Formula 1 unveils its vision for the 2022 car
SILVERSTONE, United Kingdom – Formula 1 has launched its vision of what the next generation of racing cars will look like.
During an event at the Silverstone circuit ahead of the British Grand Prix on Sunday, F1 unveiled a concept car based on a new set of regulations introduced next year.
Some details of the cars the teams are making for next year may look different, but the concept car unveiled on Thursday gives a general impression of what the new cars will look like.
The regulations for next year were originally slated to be introduced in 2021, but have been delayed due to concerns about rising costs for teams during the pandemic.
All aspects of the new technical regulations aim to create closer races: both in a wheel-to-wheel direction and in terms of the dissemination of the competition. Current F1 cars only retain 55% of their full downforce once they are within a car’s length of the car in front, drastically reducing their ability to stay close in corners at high speeds.
Simulations of the new design suggest that number will rise to 86% in 2021, increasing the odds of close races from 2021.
“It’s been a very long time since the FIA officially unveiled the regulations for the future of sport, but after the one-year delay due to the pandemic, there are only 170 days left until the start of 2022, when we will see the next generation of Formula 1 cars are taking to the track, “said Ross Brawn, F1 Motorsport Director.
“There is tremendous excitement ahead of this new era, and although 2021 has been a big battle, we still have cars that struggle to keep up with each other during the race.” The regulations for 2022 will address this issue and create an opportunity. for tighter battles and more. wheel-to-wheel racing. The combined effect of the new aerodynamic and financial regulations, in the form of cost caps, will create the conditions for a more balanced championship and reduced grid gaps. “
Nikolas Tombazis, FIA single-seater technical director, added: “2022 will mark the start of a new era for the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, with the introduction of one of the biggest regulatory changes of the history of sport.
“The FIA has had a superb collaborative effort with Formula 1 and the teams to identify the areas that we believe will have the greatest impact on the ability of cars to compete closely on the track, and in combination with regulations which are already in place, these new technical regulations should have a great positive impact on the spectacle but also on the sustainability of our sport. “