Formula 1 has officially revealed the car for the 2022 season. The displayed vehicle is a base model around which 2022 challengers will be built. An overhaul of the Formula 1 car design will be undertaken next year. From this full-size model, fans can get an idea of what they can expect, although the final designs may differ depending on how the teams interpret the new rules. Silverstone Circuit was the site of the unveiling of the 2022 car because it was held around the same time as the British Grand Prix weekend. A number of cosmetic and technical changes will update the Formula 1 car for the next generation.
F1 changes its rules:
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the introduction of F1’s new technical regulations has been pushed back to 2022, to ease the financial burden on the teams. This new rule will bring about a total revamp of chassis design with the aim of promoting closer racing. Despite this, the V6 hybrid powertrain will continue to be used. It is expected that F1 cars will use more simplified front wings, bigger rear wings, wheel-wake control devices, simplified suspensions, and low-profile tyres with larger 18-inch rims (up from 13-inch rims at present).
The reintroduction of ground effects in the sport since the early 1980s will also take place in 2021. It is estimated that the new cars will only lose 5-10% of their downforce as a result of running in another car’s wake. Clean air should allow for better battles and overtakes because the dirty air will affect the cars less significantly. Consequently, these changes will make the cars heavier by around 25 kg. According to Nikolas Tombazis, FIA’s head of single-seater matters, the new cars will be about 3-3.5 seconds slower per lap due to the new rules. His main goal is to improve race ability rather than pure speed; for the new design, this is the main goal.
Race qualifying for F1 Sprint:
The British GP will introduce an entirely new format featuring Sprint Qualifying this weekend. The Silverstone venue will be one of three to host the tournament this year. Sprint Qualifying will take place on Saturday, instead of the normal knockout qualifying session. The race will last 25-30 minutes and consist of a 100km course. There will be a grid adjustment for Sunday’s main race according to the result.
The top three finishers in Sprint Qualifying will also earn additional points. The first-place finisher will receive three points, the second-place finisher will receive two points, and the third-place finisher will receive one point.