Do 2022 F1 Cars Have DRS?

Published 07/16/2021, 5:15 AM EDT
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


Earlier on Thursday, F1 officially unveiled the concept car that is set to rule the grid from the start of the 2022 season. The car undeniably looked stunning, despite being bulky compared to the present cars.

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However, when the focus shifted onto the rear wing, there were several questions showing up on the fans’ heads. One of them being, ‘will the F1 cars have DRS in 2022’?

Of course, the doubt is reasonable, considering the cars are sporting newly designed rear wings that are capable of spiraling the dirty air upwards rather than pushing it onto the preceding car.

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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

Hence, DRS isn’t necessarily going to play a massive role in 2022 as they do now. Instead, slip-stream will probably be the biggest factor in inducing on-track actions next season. So, considering the reduced necessity of DRS, are F1 looking to scrap the feature off of 2022?

Well, the answer is No. F1 are keen on keeping the Drag Reduction System intact on the next-generation 2022 cars.

DRS in F1: How essential has it been?

It has been 11 years since DRS made its way into the sport and has played an impressive role in bolstering overtaking opportunities for the drivers.

DRS is exclusively for the straights, where an F1 car can enjoy a reduction in drag, and consequently gain over 12 kph. And this has promoted overtaking chances very much. But, there are certain circuits, where even the presence of DRS wasn’t enough to promote closer racing.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 4, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the race REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

High-downforce circuits like Catalunya, Hungary do possess long straights. However, it is almost impossible for a car to follow another car closely, citing massive turbulent air that causes instability on the following car. And this concern is going to disappear from next season.

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F1 recently affirmed that 2022’s aero changes will help a car follow closely behind another car even around high-speed corners.

Hence, one can only imagine how the combination of new aero design and DRS is going to help the sport witness wheel-to-wheel racing from the start to the chequered flag of a race. So, will F1’s desperate efforts at improving racing pay off next year? Only time will tell.

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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