WATCH: F1 Officially Takes the Blankets Off Revolutionary 2022 Car

Published 07/15/2021, 10:15 AM EDT


The moment that we all have been waiting for is finally here. After building much hype over the past few days on social media, the FIA officially took the covers off the prototype 2022 F1 car. FIA President Jean Todt and F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali were present at the event in Silverstone to cut the ribbon on a lavish ceremony.

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The car is a product of the incoming 2022 technical regulations. And these new rules are a source of anticipation among the F1 community for a variety of reasons. None more than the racing spectacle that they promise to produce from next season and beyond.

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Former F1 Champion Jenson Button previews the car

The question on everyone’s lips after watching the reveal is the same – will it finally provide more wheel-to-wheel racing?

But that may come at the expense of pure speed as these high-tech cars are thought to be 5 seconds slower than the current ones. When asked by Sky Sports host Ted Kravitz if these cars will be harder to maneuver around the track for the drivers, Button replied –

“Definitely harder to drive. Less downforce, it’s always more difficult to drive… I think we are going to see a few more moments.”

He added, “And the cars these days, they are so on the edge, you can’t get a slide. Whereas this, when it’s less about the downforce and more about the tire, I think you will be getting some trips here and there, which will be nice to see.”

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How did the drivers react to it?

The futuristic beast was presented to the drivers on track at Silverstone. And thankfully for the rule makers, it got a positive endorsement from all the drivers. Amongst them, Lewis Hamilton also offered his opinion –

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“2022 will be a serious challenge, getting used to a new car and a new era of car. If it enables us to follow and race like it is planning to then I think it will be amazing for the fans and the sport.”

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

We can’t wait to see it in action in six months’ time.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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