F1 Teams Could Lose An Entire Year in 2022, Claims McLaren Technical Director

Published 10/18/2021, 7:43 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 8, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo in action during practice REUTERS/Murad Sezer


As the 2021 season comes to an end, teams are already preparing for next year and the several changes it will bring. Even though the new rules will make for more exciting racing, they can be highly restrictive, making things difficult for the teams.

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McLaren’s technical director, James Key, is skeptical about the 2022 regulations and believes they would be full of hurdles. However, teams and drivers would aim to overcome this obstacle and make competitive cars for the new season in Formula One.

McLaren’s director is concerned about the new regulations

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Teams and drivers are already looking at ways to tackle the new rules for next season. However, Key feels that the ’22 regulations are filled with obstacles that are difficult to overcome.

Speaking to GPFans, as quoted by FormulaPassion, Key said, “Do not expect double speakers or disputes of that kind. The rules in aspects of that type are very restrictive. However, there are many areas that can be interpreted in which a difference can be made. There are ‘traps’ let’s say in the regulation.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 9, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during qualifying REUTERS/Umit Bektas

“It is possible that when we finally see the cars on the track there will be teams that have ‘aligned’ the car better than others. At that point, however, it will not be possible to intervene to solve any problems or gaps in the current season. It will be a job to be postponed to the following year,” he concluded. (Translated via Google Translate)

A battle for third in the championship

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While Mercedes and Red Bull are fighting for the championship, McLaren have been involved in an intense battle with Ferrari for third place in the standings.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 McLaren’s Lando Norris during the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

As it stands, the Woking-based outfit has a 7.5 point gap over the rivals from Maranello. With the upcoming United States Grand Prix, the Zak Brown-led team hopes to grab maximum points and further extend their lead from Ferrari in the championship.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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