F1 Insider Provides an Exciting Update on the Revolutionary 2022 Cars That Puts the Previous Theory to Bed

Published 12/14/2021, 12:20 PM EST
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


The 2022 F1 cars were initially expected to be 3-3.5s slower than the current ones. Now, recent reports suggest that the cars would be only around half a second slower than the 2021 car. There is also a possibility that by the end of the season, the 2022 cars would be quicker than their predecessors.

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The new regulations were announced in 2018 after the US Grand Prix, but they got delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The teams have started testing mule cars with 18-inch tires after the Abu Dhabi finale race.

Why was the 2022 F1 car expected to be slower?

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The new regulations work towards making the car safer and more competitive than ever. The upcoming car design will have simplified top-body aerodynamics, which has reduced the potential to generate downforce. The 2022 car front wing will carry a neutral design to make it aerodynamically sensitive and tackle the “dirty air” issue to ensure close battles.

Furthermore, the less temperature-sensitive tires will be much bigger in size, with the addition of over-wheel winglets. The overall weight of the car will see an increase of around 5%. These factors were the reasons behind the speculation that the 2022 car might be slower than its predecessor.

The car is much faster than expected

Contrary to all the speculations surrounding the 2022 F1 car, the latest reports give a positive outlook. F1 journalist Chris Medland updated about the latest results from the tire manufacturer Pirelli. All the F1 teams are currently testing the F1 cars with 18-inch tires in Abu Dhabi.

Chatting to Pirelli today, the simulations given to them by the teams so far suggest we could see 2022 cars within half a second of the current cars at the start of the year, and quicker by the end. Originally were expected to be 2-3 seconds slower,” said the tweet.

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Additionally, F1 Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds also suggested similar results in his discussion with Auto Motor und Sport. “We can imagine that the new cars are on average only half a second per lap slower than the current ones at the start of the season. And there could be a tie by the end of the season.” 

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Now that the testing has begun, we are expecting more details on the newly developed cars for the upcoming season. How excited are you for the new season, as F1 enters a new era?

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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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