It’s already starting this Sunday. The new Formula 1 season is about to start. After the dramatic finale in Abu Dhabi 2021, the premier class of motorsport wants to make some changes for the coming season. The new generation of vehicles in Formula 1 has gone through 7,500 simulations. There should be more duels on the asphalt in the future. But that’s not the only novelty in 2022 – Here’s an overview:
There should be more excitement in Formula 1. On the one hand, the gap between the leader and the last should shrink and the number of duels should increase significantly. The new aerodynamic revolution should ensure this. The engineers from FIA and Formula 1 ran through 7,500 simulations. Around half a petabyte of data was generated in the process, which corresponds to around a third of the ten billion photos on Facebook.
Profound changes have come out. For example, the underbody is no longer flat, but curved and has air ducts. The front wing has been simplified, it consists of only four elements and is directly connected to the nose. There is also a new, curved rear wing, and the side pods have also been significantly overhauled. All this should ensure that there is less air turbulence at the rear. As a result, the pursuers should not lose as much downforce, stay closer to the front man and thus be able to offer the fans more action.
FIA boss Michael Masi has been removed as race director after the controversial Abu Dhabi final. The Australian enabled Max Verstappen’s crucial overtaking maneuver against Lewis Hamilton with controversial decisions. Masi is offered a new post. His duties are shared between the German Niels Wittich, formerly DTM race director, and Eduardo Freitas from Portugal. They will take turns and be supported by FIA veteran Herbie Blash as an adviser. A virtual race control room will also be installed, similar to the video referee in soccer, which should also improve decision-making in direct contact with the race director. The radio traffic between race control and teams is no longer transmitted.
There will also be a big premiere for the drivers: for the first time, a Chinese will have a regular cockpit in Formula 1 in Guanyu Zhou. Zhou will replace Antonio Giovinazzi from Italy at Alfa Romeo. Zhou has been driving in Formula 2 since 2019 and was also a Formula 1 test driver at Alpine. Zhou (22) from Shanghai finished third in the highest junior class last season. “Being the first Chinese driver in Formula 1 is a breakthrough in the history of Chinese motorsport,” said Zhou, who was attracted to Formula 1 by a lavish dowry from his sponsors. Ma Qinghua was the first Chinese in Formula 1 in 2012, and it was never enough for him to race.
Formula 1 is expanding in the USA. After the United States Grand Prix in Austin (Texas), the pinnacle of motorsport will be stopping off in Miami for the first time on May 8th. The city in Florida is the eleventh US location in Formula 1 history. The Miami Grand Prix has a ten-year contract. The course will be 5.41 km long and will loop around Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins American football team and the tennis 1000 tournaments.
After the cancellation of the Russian Grand Prix, there are still 22 races on the calendar. In order not to further increase the strain on teams and employees, Formula 1 decided to adjust the weekend format. On Grand Prix weekends where no sprint is held, the first two one-hour practice sessions are scheduled for Friday afternoon. The media consultation hours, which were otherwise scheduled for Thursday, take place in the morning. This should relieve the teams, and the fans will be offered another three days of action on the asphalt.