2022 Regs :

F1 is controlled by a meticulously detailed set of regulations. These prescribe every detail, from the car specifications, to track safety and driver media duties.

In 2022 the car aero specifications were dramatically revised in an attempt to provide closer racing and more passing on track. 

The changes are the first time the rules specifically control the number of aerodynamic devices used on the cars. In previous regulations, teams were restricted in dimensions, frontal area, or a certain amount of curvature, but they were not defined in the number of devices.

For 2022, the FIA’s regulations define how air is to flow through the car with a view to controlling the wake pattern and minimise disruption to the cars following, invoking closer racing for longer. This approach has swung the cars downforce philosophy to a ground force model, and ten teams all starting the season with a fresh design. 

The season kicked off with a huge interest from the media and fans all wanting to see how the teams would interpret the regulations. Innovative design solutions were launched and teams experienced new issues, such as porpoising

While it is expected that teams will develop their designs over the course of the season, and it is natural to see some convergence, there remains the further challenge of the budget cap that will need to be carefully controlled. 

Andrew Burden

The author Kiwi F1 Fan

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