Formula 1 decided to push back the introduction of the new technical regulations from 2021 to 2022. F1 is aiming for a big change in 2022 targeting to have closer racing and fairer financial rules for all the teams on the grid.
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The new financial regs will still be put in place for next year. The budget cap of $175m – which covers expenditure that relates to car performance – will come into force in 2021, as planned.
Teams will, in theory, be required to develop their 2022 cars – under the new regulations – within the budget cap framework.
From 2022 onwards Formula 1 will have:
- Closer Racing
Current-spec Formula 1 cars can lose up to half of their downforce when following in the wake of another car, as the ‘dirty air’ spooling off the lead machine reduces the ‘clean air’ available to pass over the wings – and thus create downforce – of the chasing car.
One of the 2021 regulations’ chief objectives was to allow closer racing. And with an emphasis on simpler, less disruptive wings, an increased use of ground effect to create downforce, and a resultant wake of air that’s cleaner and lifted higher into the air, early signs are that they’ve done just that. F1’s Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds has heralded the results coming out of the wind tunnel thus far as “exceptional… actually beyond what I thought we could achieve when we started the project.”
- Shorter weekends to ease pressure on teams
The race weekend is set for a major revision, too, with the drivers’ press conference and pre-weekend media interviews now set to take place on a Friday (as opposed to Thursday), before Free Practices 1 and 2 are then run later in the day, with the schedule for FP3, qualifying and the race then unchanged.
That condensed schedule, with Thursday now stricken from the skedge, will make F1 a more feasible, budget-friendly event for fans to visit, while also making life easier for everyone involved in the circus, from team personnel to the media covering the sport.