F1 2022 - News/Regulation change/Developments

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  1. DF1

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    So old salted 'playboy' is now going to bring F1 to a new level?? Time for new people and blood at the top of F1 as we see on the grid. Flavio...........had his time.
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    Ah , a V4, like my old Saab. I remember it sounded like, oh hold on, I can't remember what it sounded like.
    So unmemorable + turbos = bluurgh

    However a Ferrari 296 with a turbo V6 sounds ok, maybe the FIA should speak to Ferrari.
  5. DF1

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    F1 2022 innovations less obvious than double diffusers
    By: Jonathan Noble
    Oct 19, 2021, 10:35 AM
    Formula 1's most clever ideas for the new 2022 regulations will be far less obvious than the famous double diffusers, reckons McLaren technical chief James Key.
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    With teams having pretty much switched off development of their current challengers, factories are now almost entirely focused on making sure they hit the ground running with the new rules era next year.

    Amid such a major regulations overhaul, teams will be looking to try to exploit any potential grey areas and unlock the kind of performance advantage that Brawn GP had in 2009 when it led the way with double diffusers.

    However, F1 chiefs have worked extra hard to make the 2022 rule framework much more watertight when it comes to loopholes, with teams unable to innovate in many areas that they could previously.

    And for Key, while that means there won't be any headline-grabbing tricks that will be obvious, that does not mean there are not a lot of smaller concepts that can still be rolled out.

    "I think there's a lot of subtleties in there to be exploited," he explained. "And that's going to be the journey I think in 2022.

    "You're not going to see double diffusers and that sort of huge kind of innovation with these regs. They are too restrictive for that.

    "But there'll be other clever ideas and ways of approaching things which we'll begin to spot as these cars get released. So I think there's probably less traps there."

    One of F1 owner Liberty Media's ambitions with its new era of grand prix racing is to level up the playing field, and offer hope for midfield teams to gun for the occasional win.

    Key reckons that some elements of the new rules, like the weighted aero development regulations that hand more wind tunnel and CFD time to the slowest teams, could prove important in helping those further back.

    "It's really difficult to say where it's going to play out," said Key. "When you've got new regs like this, the most terrifying part of the year is that first qualifying session where everyone actually shows how quick they are.

    "I guess we're not going to know until qualifying in Bahrain, ultimately, next year, exactly where people appear to stand. And even that can throw you a few oddballs at times.

    "But I think there's several advantages for being further back in the championship, with the CFD and wind tunnel benefit that you get from that, which is really important for a 2022 car.

    "It was great to finish third last year, but it did have a minor effect on how much development we can do with our tools compared, to an eighth, ninth or 10th position team. So they've definitely got a little advantage there."

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    The 2022 Formula 1 car launch event on the Silverstone grid. Rear detail

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    But Key still has faith that the quality of the staff at the top outfits will be enough to keep them ahead when the 2022 cars hit the track.

    "The infrastructures, the legacy, the methods, knowledge and culture that you have in a winning team does give a little bit of an advantage," he explained.

    "You've got that kind of belief and confidence, you've got the tools that you believe in, and are tapped into those tools.

    "I think some of the legacy of what larger teams have, even though they have to cut their budgets, all the investment that has gone on before and all the research that's allowed them to do well, will still give a bit of a buffer and a bit of an advantage.

    "So I suspect the pecking order will probably be reasonably similar. But hopefully it will be closer.

    "I suspect it'll be a bit spread out to begin with because I'm sure everyone is still kind of immature with their knowledge of these cars when they get launched.

    "But hopefully, as time goes on, and with a slightly more restrictive regs, it will draw things closer, and we'll see how that pecking order drops out."
  6. DF1

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    Yes so who of the drivers will show the most adaptability to the new machines ?? Maybe some the currrent 'stars' will not be so bright!!!
    Sainz: "Quite different" feeling of 2022 F1 cars an open secret among drivers
    By: Jonathan Noble
    Oct 21, 2021, 4:40 AM
    Carlos Sainz Jr says it is an open secret among Formula 1 drivers that the 2022 cars are behaving ‘quite different’ in simulators compared to the current models.

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    F1 teams are still working on the designs of cars built to next year’s all-new regulations, but have already put models in to their simulators.

    McLaren ace Lando Norris prompted some intrigue recently when he suggested that the 2022 version he had initially run was ‘not as nice’ to drive as current machinery.

    Ferrari driver Sainz has had a lot of running in the 2022 car at his team’s Maranello simulator, and he says that Norris’ perception of next year’s feel was not unique.

    Asked by Autosport if he shared Norris’ views on the 2022 car, he said: “This is the million dollar question that there is around the paddock.

    “We know how our car feels, and between drivers we are like, ‘how does yours feel?’

    “I think there starts to be a tendency in the paddock, and the drivers, that we are all going in the direction of: ‘wow, this is quite different and quite far from where we are, and from how the car feels now.”

    The 2022 cars take away much of the current reliance on downforce generated by aerodynamic flow over the car – and instead they rely much more on ground effect.

    That means that how the car handles, especially in corners, will have a very different feel inside the cockpit.

    Sainz added: “It is going to be a big change, and maybe we are, between each other, kind of starting to accept that this is going to be quite a change.

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    Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari with 2022 18-inch Pirelli Zero

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    “And the rumour around the paddock is really starting to go quite in that direction: without having to tell you anything basically [about the car], because I cannot talk about it.”

    Sainz says that he has been working on the 2022 simulation models since the start of this year, and is clear that Ferrari is throwing everything at the project.

    “I've been driving it since January or February and I've been on top of that car a few times this year,” he explained. “The last session was last week.

    “Also after every Pirelli test that we've done this year with the tyres, we've tried to go back and check the tyre model, and tried to put it on the car.

    “There's a lot of work being done on this 2022 project, the whole factory is working as much as they can. It is flat out and we see it at Ferrari as a good opportunity.

    “Will we be able to win or not? This is a different question. But the will and hours and intention for sure is not lacking.

    “And obviously from the driver side neither, because I've been on top of that car in the sim a few times already.”
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  8. DF1

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    Perez: "Everything will feel bad" in 2022 compared to current F1 cars
    By: Luke Smith
    Co-author: Ronald Vording
    Oct 21, 2021, 6:18 AM
    Sergio Perez believes “everything will feel bad” compared to the current best-ever generation of Formula 1 cars as drivers prepare for the new regulations in 2022.
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    F1 will overhaul its rulebook for next season as it introduces a new set of technical regulations that are set to slow cars down and aim to make them easier to race wheel-to-wheel.

    The push comes as part of F1’s bid to improve the on-track spectacle and reduce the number of boring races, as well as allowing for greater competition between teams.

    Drivers have been getting their first taste of the new cars through simulator work ahead of next season, with McLaren’s Lando Norris saying the 2022 model is “not as nice to drive”.

    In an interview with Autosport while visiting Red Bull fuel partner ExxonMobil’s Houston campus, Perez and team-mate Max Verstappen both said it was too early to make a firm assessment on how next year’s cars will feel.

    “It’s been alright, just a little bit slower,” Verstappen said.

    “But at the end of the day we first need to see the real car on the track and then we will adjust the simulator around it.

    “At the moment everything is still a bit of guessing work, so I don’t pay too much attention to it to be honest.”

    Perez added that the 2022 car “doesn’t feel too bad” and that it is “still very early days”, but also noted how anything would feel different compared to the current generation of cars, which are the fastest in F1 history.

    "I have only been driving [the 2022 car] a couple of times on the simulator so we have to wait until we hit it on track and start from there,” Perez said.

    “But it’s obviously very different compared to the current regulations. I think these cars are currently driving, we’ll never see them [again] in the history of Formula 1.

    “These are the best cars we have driven, or all people have driven in the history, so unfortunately everything will feel bad compared to these cars. But I hope it is just enjoyable to drive.”
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  11. DF1

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    This is out....

    Seven Network's local TV news in Sydney is reporting that the New South Wales government is currently assessing a bid to become the host city of Australia's Formula 1 race.

    The centrepiece of the bid is reportedly a Monaco-style street circuit winding along Sydney's world famous harbour.

    According to the report, "sensitive, high-level talks are underway" regarding a bid for the Australian GP, as NSW looks to pump tens of millions of dollars into major events to accelerate the state's COVID-19 recovery.

    Sydney and NSW have been particularly crippled by the virus, the city – Australia's largest – only emerging from a months-long lockdown in recent weeks thanks to improving vaccination coverage.

    NSW's investment minister Stuart Ayres is reported to be leading the charge.

    7News says officials have confirmed that talks are taking place but won't speak on the record until the feasibility of a street circuit has been thoroughly assessed.

    The permanent Sydney Motorsport Park circuit in the city's west, which features a state-of-the-art lighting system, is also an option for a Sydney GP, however creating 'Australia's version of the famous Monaco race' is the preferred outcome.

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    The earliest Sydney could host the Australian Grand Prix would be 2026, with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation in Melbourne holding a contract that runs until 2025.

    This is also not the first time Sydney has made noises about wanting to poach the GP, which forms an important part of Melbourne's claim to being Australia's sporting capital.

    The closest Sydney has come to hosting Formula 1 in the modern era was when Mark Webber drove a Williams across the Sydney Harbour Bridge back in 2005.

    Melbourne has hosted the Australian GP since 1996, when it famously took the race from the South Australian government.

    Adelaide was the original host city of world championship Formula 1 in Australia, the South Australian capital staging the race on the Victoria Park street circuit from 1985 to 1995.
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  13. DF1

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    F1 eyes 'show and tell' session on car updates in 2022

    By: Jonathan Noble
    Nov 1, 2021, 12:23 PM
    Formula 1 teams are set to be asked to take part in 'show and tell' sessions with the media next year to lift the lid on their latest car updates.
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    As F1 embarks on its new rules era in 2022, with all-new car regulations aimed at improving the racing, the championship's owner Liberty Media is also finalising plans for a revised weekend format.

    With the planned schedule compressing Friday practice in to the afternoons, it means Thursday's regular media day is being ditched in a bid to squeeze events to three days.

    With F1's chiefs eager to ensure that the changes do not restrict the media's coverage, managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn has revealed that it is planning a unique open session on Fridays where teams will have to explain tweaks to their cars.

    Revised sporting regulations for next year already stipulate teams have to declare a 'reference specification' for each race weekend ahead of opening practice, which must then be used from the final free practice session onwards.

    With teams needing therefore to declare new components to the FIA each weekend to comply with the new scrutineering requirements, Liberty sees no reason why any tech developments cannot be made public.

    Speaking on Monday, Brawn said that a core element on Friday mornings in 2022 would be of teams making personnel and their cars available to go through any updates.

    "What we're doing on a Friday is a big session for you guys [the media] to have a look at the cars and talk to the personnel," explained Brawn.

    "We're pushing on with initiatives to get greater engagement and a greater insight into what's happening.

    "So next year, on a Friday morning, the cars will be presented to you. The teams will explain the changes they've made for that weekend and they'll declare to the FIA the changes they've made.

    "It will create another nuance and other interest in the sport, because the technical side of the sport is quite fascinating to a lot of fans."

    But while teams may be asked to explain their latest car updates, the nature of secrecy in F1 would make it unlikely for personnel to be fully transparent about everything they have done for fear of it offering valuable information to rival teams.

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    The 2022 Formula 1 car launch event on the Silverstone grid

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    Tyre experiments

    As well as trying to offer more technical insight next year, Brawn has also said F1 is looking at trialling new tyre rules at a few races in 2022.

    As F1 embarks on making itself more sustainable in the future, F1 wants to see if reducing the number of tyre sets available would negatively impact the show.

    With F1's sprint race trial this year having shown the value of experiments, Brawn is confident that looking at rule tweaks this way for tyres could be a positive thing.

    "We're all trying to improve our footprint, in many ways, and logistics and usage of tyres is one of them," he said.

    "We hope in 2022, we're going to have some weekends where we have a reduced number of tyres available.

    "We think we can do that without impacting the show. But, as you know in F1, there's always the chance of unintended consequences.

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    "Tim Goss at the FIA in particular has been working very hard with Pirelli and the teams to come up with a proposal of how we might assess a different way of using tyres over the weekend to reduce quantities. And that looks quite promising.

    "I think that's something we will do a few weekends during the season in order to evaluate it. If it works, then it's something we can adopt for the future, or we can tune it a little bit and move forward."
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    F1 "worried" about 2022 calendar as COVID restrictions return
    By: Adam Cooper
    Dec 10, 2021, 4:49 AM
    Formula 1 sporting director Steve Nielsen admits that he's "worried" about the potential impact of the return of tighter COVID-19 restrictions worldwide on next year's schedule.
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    Formula 1 News
    Everything we know about the 2022 Formula 1 season: drivers, cars, tracks & more
    Dec 9, 2021, 3:12 PM
    The 2022 Formula 1 season is almost upon us, but how much do you know about it? Find out all you need to know about the calendar, cars and more here.
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    Once the 2021 Formula 1 season draws to a close, attention will immediately turn to preparations for 2022’s all-new rules.

    F1 will receive one of its biggest technical overhauls for next season, with a seismic shift in the aerodynamic regulations, which should act as a soft reset for all of the teams in the championship.

    The new regulations have been paired with a number of changes to the driver line-ups following a busy transfer market, with one rookie and one returnee making their way onto 2022’s grid.

    There’s further changes afoot too, with a brand-new race on next year’s calendar and the expected return of some old favourites that were cut from the schedule amid the COVID-affected timetables in 2020 and 2021.

    Here’s everything we know about 2022’s F1 season so far.

    Formula 1 2022 driver line-up

    Driver 1

    Driver 2


    Lewis Hamilton

    George Russell

    Red Bull

    Max Verstappen

    Sergio Perez


    Charles Leclerc

    Carlos Sainz


    Lando Norris

    Daniel Ricciardo


    Fernando Alonso

    Esteban Ocon

    Alpha Tauri

    Pierre Gasly

    Yuki Tsunoda


    Nicholas Latifi

    Alex Albon

    Aston Martin

    Sebastian Vettel

    Lance Stroll

    Alfa Romeo

    Valtteri Bottas

    Guanyu Zhou


    Mick Schumacher

    Nikita Mazepin

    There have been a number of high-profile changes to next season’s driver line-up, as Mercedes has changed its drivers for the first time since Nico Rosberg’s shock retirement from F1 at the end of 2016.

    Lewis Hamilton remains at the team, but will be partnered with George Russell for 2022 as Mercedes saw fit to promote the British driver from Williams after an impressive three years with the Grove squad.

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    George Russell, Mercedes F1 W11

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    Valtteri Bottas will hence leave the team, moving to Alfa Romeo in place of countryman Kimi Raikkonen – who retires from F1 20 years after making his debut with the team under its previous Sauber guise.

    Raikkonen’s team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi will also depart and moves to the Dragon Penske Autosport team in Formula E to partner Sergio Sette Camara.

    Guanyu Zhou steps up from Formula 2 to replace Giovinazzi to become the first Chinese driver to make his full grand prix debut. He will race with the number 24.

    In Russell’s place at Williams, former Red Bull driver Alexander Albon moves to the squad after a year on the sidelines, linking up with former DAMS F2 team-mate Nicholas Latifi.

    Elsewhere on the grid, the line-ups remain the same, with Sergio Perez earning a contract extension with Red Bull to continue to partner Max Verstappen.

    Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr continue at Ferrari, as Lando Norris signed a long-term contract extension to remain at McLaren with Daniel Ricciardo.

    Fernando Alonso triggered an option in his contract to remain with Alpine, as the team also extended Esteban Ocon’s stay at the team. Oscar Piastri will join as the team’s official reserve following his successful maiden F2 campaign.

    Pierre Gasly remains at AlphaTauri alongside Yuki Tsunoda, who admitted he was surprised to be retained by the team, as Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll continue at Aston Martin for a second season together.

    Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin remain at Haas following the team’s point-less season in 2021.

    2022 Formula 1 car launch dates
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    The cars of Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, and Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin AMR21

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    No teams have confirmed when they’ll be launching their cars yet, however with pre-season testing starting on 23-25 February they’ll need to be launched before that. As a rough guide, in 2021 McLaren was the first team to unveil its new car on 15 February with AlphaTauri and Alfa Romeo following suit on the 19 and 22 February respectively.

    Ferrari was the last team to launch its 2021 car, and did so just two days before pre-season testing started (launching on 10 March before testing on the 12th).

    2022 Formula 1 car – stats, design and speed
    The largest difference to the 2022 F1 aerodynamics package is the return to a ground-effect formula. Ground-effect underbody tunnels have not been permitted in Formula 1 since 1982, but the calls for their reintroduction have become rather loud in recent years.

    F1 has sought to reduce the current reliance on wings for downforce, which have been blamed for the "dirty air" that has made close-quarters racing difficult in modern times, which meant the idea of a return to ground effects was more attractive to the rulemakers.

    By creating a very pronounced entry at the front of the floor, the air moves through two Venturi tunnels. As the air flows under the car, it's squeezed through the point closest to the ground, developing an extreme low-pressure area, creating a large amount of suction underneath. This means the floor is relied on more for downforce, and reduces the wake produced by various bodywork components.

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    Ronnie Peterson, Lotus 78

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    Unlike the old-school ground effects, the car won't have sliding skirts, and instead has a range of fins underneath to minimise any disturbance. To make sure each team uses the floor as it should, a standard tea-tray will be developed to attach to the front of the floor.

    The tyres will change, as F1 moves to an 18-inch rim for 2022.

    There's a lot of change to the amount of bodywork for the next era of F1 cars. In 2022, the massively complex bargeboards will be completely removed. In their place comes a new breed of "wheel bodywork", which intends to minimise the effects of the wake produced by the wheels as they rotate. Wheel covers return, and the front wheels now have a deflector over the top to assist with this.

    For the time being, DRS remains, but this can be revisited if the new cars produce the desired on-track product.

    Numbers look good so far, and F1 and the FIA have noticed that, when one car length behind another competitor, the following car now has around 86% of its usual downforce, compared to the 55% it currently experiences.

    To help limit the R&D costs, gearboxes will be frozen from 2022 to the end of 2025. In that time, there can only be one upgrade to the gearbox specification.

    Suspension regulations now only permit springs and dampers, meaning that using solely torsion bars will no longer be allowed. The heave springs, or inerters, will also be banned to simplify the suspension systems. Suspension uprights must now be solely included within the wheel assembly, meaning no external mounting points may be permitted.

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    The 2022 Formula 1 car launch event on the Silverstone grid. Front wing detail

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    The front wing has been redefined, and can now be made up of a maximum of four elements overall. Most crucially, the endplates now look very different, and are produced with a smooth blend from the front wing elements to a single-piece endplate, upturned like an aeroplane's wing. The nose also attaches directly to the wing, much like it used to before the middle of the 1990s.

    The rear wing has been redesigned too, and can almost be described as endplate-less. Instead, it loops around into a beam-wing mounting, aiming to slash the strength of the vortices produced at the rear of the car - which is blamed for cars being unable to follow each other.

    Drivers expect the 2022 cars to be more “on edge” as a result, while the offset between 2021 and 2022 laptimes is anticipated to be smaller than initially expected.

    2022 Formula 1 calendar

    Grand Prix


    20 March



    27 March

    Saudi Arabia


    10 April


    Albert Park

    24 April

    Emilia Romagna


    8 May


    Miami Gardens

    22 May



    29 May



    12 June



    19 June



    3 July



    10 July


    Red Bull Ring

    24 July


    Paul Ricard

    31 July



    28 August



    4 September



    11 September



    25 September



    2 October


    Marina Bay

    9 October



    23 October

    United States

    Circuit of the Americas

    30 October

    Mexico City

    Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez

    13 November

    Sao Paulo


    20 November

    Abu Dhabi

    Yas Marina

    Formula 1 will host its largest-ever calendar in 2022, with 23 races scheduled for next year.

    The first-ever Miami Grand Prix will take place at the start of May, on a 3.36-mile street circuit around the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.

    There are also provisional returns for the Australian, Canadian, Singapore and Japanese grands prix, following their cancellation from the previous two seasons owing to the effects of COVID-related travel restrictions.

    Although Albert Park returns to the calendar, the Bahrain Grand Prix will take the Melbourne circuit’s usual slot as the first race of the season, with a week’s gap to the second round on the Jeddah Corniche Circuit before Australia’s return.

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    Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG W10, leads Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W10, Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF90, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF90, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB15, and the rest of the field at the start

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    Imola hosts the first European race of the season, retaining the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix title, before the first race in Miami – one of two contests in the USA.

    The European season will then begin, pausing for races in Azerbaijan and Canada, before the final set of flyaways begin in September, starting in Russia prior to the first events in Singapore and Japan since 2019.

    The season will close out in Abu Dhabi at the end of November, following F1’s desire to compress the calendar into a shorter timeframe.

    China was not listed on the 2022 calendar despite holding a contract to do so, while Qatar will skip 2022 ahead of its hosting of the FIFA World Cup in the winter.

    When is pre-season testing?
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    Pre-season testing is expected to take place at two venues, with the first three days being run at the Barcelona circuit from the 23-25 February, with Bahrain hosting the second block of running from the 11-13 March ahead of the grand prix. This will be the first opportunity to see the 2022 cars in action, although teams will naturally keep their cards close to their chest.

    2022 Formula 1 rule changes
    In addition to the technical regulations, F1 is introducing a number of changes to the windtunnel and CFD testing structure that cuts the amount of testing allowed depending on a team’s championship placing in 2021.

    The base figures supplied allow a team within one aerodynamic testing period (ATP, of which there are six in a season) 320 windtunnel runs, 80 hours of wind-on time (defined as when the air moves more than 15m/s), with teams allowed to spend a total of 400 hours within the windtunnel.

    The percentage values apply depending on where each team finishes. Finishing first in the constructors’ standings rewards a team a multiplier of 70%, meaning a team’s time in the windtunnel is handicapped, and finishing 10th comes with a 115% multiplier, meaning they get more time available. CFD terms work on the same basis.

    There are also more sprint races expected for the 2022 season, with F1 planning to expand to six races from the three in 2021. Bahrain, Imola, Montreal, Red Bull Ring, Zandvoort and Interlagos are expected to be the nominated venues.

    Furthermore, the cost cap is expected to drop in 2022 to $140m for the year, down from the $145m allowed in 2021.

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    Ugly to say the least, in this rendering .

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    Take a look at the Video of Alonso in the V10 Benetton, around Abu, insane !

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    Haas F1 2022 car passes crash tests
    By: Pablo Elizalde
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    Dec 23, 2021, 8:08 AM
    The Haas Formula 1 team has announced its 2022 challenger has passed its mandatory crash tests.
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    Alonso not involved too much in Alpine 2022 F1 car development
    Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso says he has not been involved too much in the development of Alpine's 2022 Formula 1 car.
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    All-new cars will be introduced next year after the current set of regulations are finally replaced, having been originally scheduled for 2021 before they were pushed back because of the pandemic.

    Despite the postponement, teams were banned from developing their 2022 cars during 2020 in order to keep costs under control so teams wouldn't have to work on two different projects at the same time.

    Alonso, who returned to Formula 1 this year, says early restrictions in what was allowed meant he was not a big part of the development.

    Asked how involved he had been in the process of the 2022 car, he said: "Not much, to be honest.

    "If I'm honest, then the development has been followed by all the designers, the simulations, the new regulations were too strict at the beginning so there were a lot of clarification as to what we could do and not do with FIA and things like that.

    "It is a strange new project for everybody, I feel. Now from December and January we will start the work in the simulator and hopefully our implication will be a little bit more."

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    Fernando Alonso, Alpine/Renault RS18 Mule

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    The Spaniard, who finished 10th in the standings on his return to the series, said he had "high hopes" for Alpine's new challenger.

    "More power on the straights and more downforce in the corners that is what we aim for next year, all drivers," he said of what he wants from the 2022 car.

    "We are strong in many areas we just need a competitive package out of the factories at Enstone and Viry. We have been working for several months now and we have high hopes but let's see in February."

    Alonso and team-mate Esteban Ocon are set to start work in the simulator this week, and the Frenchman is expecting this to be one of his busiest winters.

    "[This week] the model will be ready in the simulator and that is when we are going to really push hard basically into there," Ocon said.

    "Starting to have feedback from the 18-inch tyre that we are going to run in Abu Dhabi and from there on it's going to be a very busy winter for sure, busier than any other winters have been probably. "
  24. DF1

    DF1 Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Apr 10, 2007

    Spa-Francorchamps circuit revamp revealed in new photos
    The extent of the changes being made to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit has been revealed in new images released of ongoing work at the Belgian Formula 1 venue.
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    As part of an upgrade that is aimed at improving safety, and homologating the circuit for motorbikes, a major revamp is underway.

    The construction work, which began on November 15, is set to cost the venue around 80 million Euros, but should help secure its long term future for top categories including F1.

    From next year, Spa wants to hold a series of major events, including the Belgian Grand Prix, the Spa 24 Hours, a round of the WEC and a 24-hour motorbike race as part of the FIM Endurance World Championship on June 22.

    For that latter event, the track needed to be upgraded to earn an FIM licence, and that has meant an overhaul of a number of run-off areas.

    Some asphalt run offs have been enlarged, while others are being replaced with gravel traps.

    Off the back of the safety work, Spa is also building a number of new grandstands – and this has also meant the destruction of the famous chalet that overlooked the track and paddock at Eau Rouge.

    Here are some of the latest images from Spa.

    La Source

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    Spa-Francorchamps track work in progress

    Photo by: Circuit Spa-Francorchamps

    The section between La Source (the first hairpin) and Eau Rouge is hardly recognizable at the moment. On the outside of the hairpin, part of the asphalt run off has been replaced by a gravel trap.

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    Spa-Francorchamps track work in progress

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    Opposite the old pits, the so-called 24-hour grandstand and the outdoor seating areas have been demolished – which will change the look of the run down to Eau Rouge.

    New grandstands as well as VIP areas will be constructed here.

    Bruxelles corner

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    Spa-Francorchamps track work in progress

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    At the top of the circuit, the outside of Bruxelles is also being reworked. Here, just like at La Source, part of the asphalt run-off area will make way for a gravel trap.


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    Spa-Francorchamps track work in progress

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    On the outside of the super fast left-hand kink, the crash barrier is being moved back to increase the run-off area. Here too the asphalt strip will largely be replaced by a gravel trap, while a service road will be built behind the tyre wall.

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    Spa-Francorchamps track work in progress

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  25. Mitch Alsup

    Mitch Alsup F1 Veteran

    Nov 4, 2003
    Yeah--more cars stuck in gravel leading to more red lights

    Alfred E. Neumann could have done it better..........
  26. william

    william F1 World Champ
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    Jun 3, 2006

    Asphalt run-off areas invite drivers to go off limits, which is increasingly difficult to discipline these days.

    A grass surface or a gravel pit adjacent to the track will make them think twice!
  27. DF1

    DF1 Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Apr 10, 2007
    Some drivers when discussing track limits - have asked for, or noted these as good ways to keep on track.
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  28. DF1

    DF1 Two Time F1 World Champ
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    Apr 10, 2007
    Testing will be interesting. Any advantage will stay for the first races. Will there be enough time after that period to gain and overtake a leading team. The budget limit etc.

    F1 2022 runaway leaders will be closed down fast, says Domenicali

    By: Jonathan Noble
    Co-author: Franco Nugnes , Featured writer
    Dec 25, 2021, 6:50 AM
    Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali believes that any early runaway leaders next year will find its advantage wiped away very quickly.
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    F1 teams are currently working hard on their designs for the all-new ground effect cars that will come in to play in 2022.

    And, after an ultra-competitive 2021 campaign, there have been some fears voiced that the change of regulations could trigger more of a field spread with some teams having found better ways to unlock performance.

    F1 has not shied away from the fact that there is the possibility of one or two squads being well clear at the front in the early stages of the new regulations.

    But Domenicali has no doubts that, with teams still finding their way with the new rules, any advantages gained from the start of the campaign will be very quickly eroded.

    Speaking exclusively to Autosport, Domenicali said: “It is clear that in the context of a season that starts with a new regulation and the budget cap, differences between the cars could emerge greater than what people might expect.

    “But I am equally sure that the limitations linked to the new regulations will mean that if there are these differences, the gap will be closed more quickly.”

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    Ross Brawn, Managing Director of Motorsports, and Stefano Domenicali, CEO, Formula 1

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    Domenicali’s belief about the competitive picture changing quickly has been backed by Ferrari, which reckons that the critical thing next year will be how fast teams can respond to their competitive situation at the beginning of the campaign.

    Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto said: “It may be that at the start to the season there will be difference in competitiveness between the cars, because of the ways in which each team may have interpreted the rules and the solutions they may bring.

    “Here what I think will be important as Ferrari is being capable of understanding weaknesses and addressing them very quickly. So it's the team reaction that will be key.

    “We cannot be confident of having a competitive car from the start, because you never know what may happen when you’ve got such a big rule change. But it is about being capable of addressing it as soon as possible.”

    Domenicali remains bullish that the new generation of cars should put more emphasis on driver talent – and that could lead to plenty more battles.

    "We are facing a season in 2022 where there are so many new elements that can be characterised in a positive or negative sense,” he said.

    “The ground effect cars have been designed to highlight the skills of the drivers. They are machines that should be driven, without the wake [dirty air] effect that deteriorates the tyres. The goal is to have duels between many drivers, without having the limits related to the car.”

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