First real pictures: Formula 1 unveiled a prototype for the 2022 season under the then new regulations for the first time at Silverstone
This is what the Formula 1 of the future looks like: At Silverstone, the racing series unveiled a first prototype for the 2022 season. Then a new set of Formula 1 regulations takes effect, which will change the appearance of the cars. And the model now presented gives a first visual impression of the future Formula 1 race car as envisioned by the makers of the racing series.
Formula 1 sports boss Ross Brawn refers to the “beginning of a new era” and explains: “With the current cars, the drivers still have problems following each other. The rules for 2022 address this issue. This will give us the chance for closer duels and more wheel-to-wheel scenes.”
Because a set of financial regulations based on a budget cap has been drawn up in parallel with the technical regulations, Brawn sees the conditions for “a somewhat more balanced championship. He also expects “the gaps in the field to close.
And so to the external features of the new Formula 1 car, as it was now shown in Silverstone: One of the most striking new features compared to the current car is the lowered, wide nose, which is directly connected to the front wing and its flaps.
The rear wing will also have a new shape, with no side end plates at the same height as the wing profiles. The end plates, which will be positioned further down in the future, will be much narrower, and the rear wing itself will be smaller than before.
Formula 1 2022: The underbody is where most of the action will be!
The biggest changes, however, are underneath the car: several Venturi ducts channel the air from the sidepods along the underbody and toward the diffuser, taking advantage of the ground effect. From 2022, therefore, there will be significantly more downforce under the car, which should make it easier to pull away from another car. Here are the first details on the drivers confirmed so far for 2022!
Formula 1 is thus moving away from its principle of a flat underbody. This was introduced in 1983 because the ground-effect cars with side skirts that had prevailed until then had simply become too fast. Until 1982, this had led to numerous serious accidents. But now the ground effect makes its Formula 1 comeback.
The following car loses less downforce
The Halo cockpit protection also features on the 2022 Formula 1 car. On the other hand, small air deflectors will be added above the front wheels to minimize turbulence. This also reduces dirty air and should help a following vehicle catch up.
Formula One studies show that under current regulations, cars have lost up to 45 percent downforce when chasing another car. Under the new Formula 1 regulations, this figure is expected to be between five and ten percent. In theory, that makes for better racing. Click here for first details of the 2022 Formula 1 calendar!
Nikolas Tombazis, technical director of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), explained months ago: “We want to make duels possible again, without the tires degrading and the attacker only having a limited time window in which to attack.”
Formula 1 2022 will be slower
And that brings us to the next change: the previous 13-inch wheels are giving way to the new 18-inch wheels. This also has consequences for the visual appearance of the cars, which will “look exciting” from 2022 onwards, according to Formula 1 sports boss Ross Brawn and that “even at a standstill”. The new racing cars will also be “considerably more robust” be built.
All these changes will probably slow down the Formula 1 by several seconds per lap.
At least, that’s how Tombazis expects it to work, based on simulations he and his technical team have created over the years.
So much simulation work has gone into the new Formula 1 car
Total 7.500 simulations are said to have run, for a petabyte of data. By the way, this corresponds to 1.000 terabytes or, according to Formula 1 data, the data shortage of a good third of all photos on Facebook. If you were to fill desk drawers with printouts, you would need 40 million drawers.