Are F1 Engines Changing in 2022?

Published 01/13/2022, 12:30 PM EST
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 (L – R) Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel pose during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


With new regulations coming in for the 2022 F1 season, the teams are on their toes searching for the right balance with the new cars. The changes aim towards making the car safer and more competitive than ever.

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Among the plethora of changes introduced in 2022, the engines will continue to be the same as the previous ones. More recently, the teams have agreed unanimously to freeze the F1 engine in 2022.

This was done to make the sport cost-effective and take a stride forward toward a carbon-neutral future. However, the question that remains is about the continuance of the same power unit.

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Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 The new 2022 F1 car is unveiled during a promotional photoshoot REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

No engine change in 2022 F1 cars

F1 power units are the most refined and technically superior units in the world. Among a bunch of changes this season, the current 1.6-liter turbo-hybrid V-6 units are all set to be retained in 2022. As per F1, “There will, however, be some more standard components in the fuel system, as well as some additional sensors to allow the FIA to better monitor the power units.”

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F1 inducted the new power units in 2014, to mark the beginning of the V-6 turbo-hybrid era. The new power units created lesser noise compared to the previously used V-8 and V-10 engines. The total power output from the combined petrol and electric elements is around 1,000bhp.

The cars use fuel made up of compounds normally found in commercial fuels, with no specific power-boosting chemical compounds. Nowadays, a minimum of 10 percent of the fuel must comprise advanced sustainable ethanol. However, the cars will run on more sustainable fuel from 2022.

There is a quest to make these engines more efficient rather than introducing a new one. But as it stands, F1 will continue with the same set of power units in 2022, with an engine freeze at the end of 2021.

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As we are heading into the new season, there can be a shift in the power dynamics on the grid. Let’s see how the next season unfolds. Share your views on the same.

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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