FIA Investigations Reveal Major Differences in 2022 F1 Cars Despite New Regulations

Published 02/17/2022, 4:30 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 12, 2021 McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo leads during the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

It has been a rather busy February for the entire Formula One community, with teams launching their 2022 challengers in quick succession. So far, Haas, Aston Martin, McLaren, Red Bull, AlphaTauri, and Williams have unveiled their respective cars for the soon-to-begin F1 season.

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However, having come across the designs that the teams have opted for, there has been a substantial rise in concern whether the regulation changes will even level the playing field.

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Ross Brawn, the mastermind behind these changes, had an ulterior motive which was to restrict the teams from acquiring loopholes and gaining on-track advantages over the others. Hence, the new regulations were a bit too narrow and consequently, it looked like most of the cars would hardly differ from each other, much like in F2.

However, in reality, the recently unveiled F1 cars have showcased an entirely different result. None of the cars look similar to each other, with the side pod comprising cooling systems holding the biggest variation of all. So, will Brawn’s hard work go down the drain?

Well, not yet, according to FIA’s Nikolas Tombazis.

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As reported by The Race, the Greek engineer opened up that the FIA has been busy tracking the legalities of the cars in order to avoid any ‘nasty surprises’ in Bahrain. Apparently, individual inspections by the FIA are underway to “track the legalities so that we try to avoid any nasty surprises in the first race.

We have seen a few surprises here and there,” Tombazis said. “Some areas where cars are a bit more different between them than what we expected and where engineers have applied their innovative skills to come up with a solution.

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I think you will see a lot more differentiation than maybe you were expecting to start with. I wouldn’t say there’s been any massive alarm bells so far. It’s been relatively mild – still within what we think is a completely fair interpretation of the rules. We haven’t seen anything equivalent to a double diffuser or anything like that!

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Overall, despite the evident differentiation between the teams, it is likely that none of the cars will be able to gain any kind of significant advantage over their rivals. Furthermore, Tombazis has also stressed that the so-called differentiation will reduce in time as the current regulations continue to evolve.

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Rohit Kumar

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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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