F1 changes its skin: all the changes of 2022 to make it more spectacular

Revised aerodynamics, more bio fuel, 18-inch tires and wheel covers. Sprint race for pole: agreement postponed

A parenthesis in the celebrations. Before enjoying the well-deserved holidays, thinking about Christmas gifts, Max Verstappen will return today to immerse himself in the cockpit of the Red Bulls. Not the one with which on Sunday he folded the last resistance of Lewis Hamilton but the “mule car”: cars built between 2018 and 2020 adapted to the suspension level to accommodate the lowered tires mounted on the 18-inch wheels that replace the inflatables that have raced so far. “Completely new tires, more similar to those used daily by motorists all over the world. We will thus have the possibility of transferring all the technologies deriving from Formula 1 to our road product”, is the explanation given on the eve by Mario Isola, manager Pirelli for F1. But this is only one aspect of an epochal change that affects the whole aspect of the single-seaters. With one big goal: to make racing even more spectacular. Ambitious goal after a World Championship decided on the last lap.


Not really, if we consider that if it is true that Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton kept us glued to the television screens, it is equally the fact that it was only by luck that Esteban Ocon and Daniel Ricciardo managed to get on the top step of the podium without drive a Mercedes or a Red Bull. Closer balance of power is needed and this is what Ferrari is working on which, with the exception of the 2017 and 2018 seasons, has played the role of supporting actor throughout the hybrid era. “I think 2022 is a great chance, with a new automotive philosophy – underlined Ross Brawn, the technical director of Schumacher’s golden years and now sports manager of Liberty, still on the eve of this season -. They cannot waste this. opportunity”. Although many swear that in reality it will change little and that next year we will probably see another episode of the duel between Max and Lewis.


However, to level the balance of power, action was taken on two factors: the economic one with the introduction of the cost cap (in 2022 it will drop by 5 million dollars from the current 145) and on aerodynamics. The result is the car that was presented in July on the eve of the Silverstone GP, even if the designers will be able to unleash their imagination in some areas well defined by the regulations: the dynamic grip, the bonnet, the wing bulkheads, the grips. brake cooling.


The main novelty compared to 2021 is the return of the ground effect to make the cars less sensitive to the wake, in order to facilitate overtaking. To do this, we worked on the bottom, it will no longer be grooved, but characterized by two long Venturi channels. The flow deviators in front of the sides are banned, while the rear brake air intakes will no longer have fins and profiles for managing the flows. The cars will be heavier: from 752 it will go up to 790 kilos. Another striking novelty are the wheel covers. As for engines, the main novelty will be the increase in bio fuel (ethanol obtained from food waste and other biomass, rather than crops grown for the purpose of producing fuel) which will rise from 5.75% today to 10% : the goal is to reach zero emissions by 2030.


Finally, the approval to the FIA ​​World Council of the qualifying race plan after the 2021 experimentation has been postponed: there will be six and Imola (which will replace Monza) in the running. The teams have yet to find an agreement on the increase of the score (it could reward more drivers) and above all on the financial aspects. A few more weeks of patience. Then the show board will be full.

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F1 changes its skin: all the changes of 2022 to make it more spectacular