With this year’s Formula 1 season concluding in a way that many fans perhaps would never have expected and seeing Max Verstappen crowned the champion, many fans will be looking forward to the new year and all of the sporting opportunities that will follow with this complete guide to the Melbourne cup for race fans, the new football seasons for soccer and football fans, and of course the 2022 Formula 1 season which will look to get started in March with a whole new roster of cars. But what do fans need to know about the newest cars on the way?
Designed to promote closer racing – Anyone who’s watched Formula 1 over the past few years knows that one of the big downsides to the current era of cars is the turbulent air that is produced – the aerodynamics have become so finely tuned that it produces a very negative impact on following cars leading to reduced aero performance and the trailing car needing to fall back. These newer cars have been designed with this in mind and will promote closer wheel to wheel racing, with the hope that the aero impact will be greatly reduced and provide exciting battles into the future – whether or not this change to clean air will have an impact will only be seen in a realistic racing environment but will be extremely exciting to see.
Changes at the front and rear – The rear end has been a topic of discussion through this year’s racing calendar with questions around the flex and how the DRS mechanisms were working – there will be more focus on the 2022 cars too with the front wing being redesigned with the aero changes in mind to promote better downforce for following cars and a rather radical difference to the rear wing too. Some may love it, some perhaps not, but if it promotes better racing then we’re all for it.
Safety continues to be a key focus – When the HALO was first introduced, it received a lot of backlash, but lessons were learned, time and time ago it has shown its value as a crucial safety device with no example being more poignant than Grosjean’s 2020 crash which near cut the car in half – this will continue with the newer cars too with further changes being made to ensure the chassis absorbs more energy and other safety assurances too. With these cars expected to be just as fast, if not faster over the course of the season, and more exciting circuits emerging like Jeddah this year, getting safety will be vital to ensure drivers are kept as well protected as possible.