F1 unveils first 2022-spec car ahead of new regulations

2022 F1 Car Silverstone Grid-3

Formula 1 has unveiled a model of a 2022-spec car ahead of the introduction of the new regulations next season.

Launched at Silverstone ahead of the British Grand Prix, it was the first physical representation of how the cars may look next year.

The new era for the sport had been set to get underway in 2021, but was delayed a year due to COVID-19.

“It feels like a very long time ago the FIA officially unveiled the regulations for the future of the sport, but after the one-year delay due to the pandemic it’s only 170 days to go until the start of 2022 when we will see the next generation of Formula 1 cars take to the track,” said Ross Brawn, F1 Managing Director of Motorsport.

“There is huge excitement ahead of this new era, and while 2021 has been a great battle we still have cars struggling to follow each other during the race. The regulations for 2022 will address this problem and create an opportunity for closer battles and more wheel-to-wheel racing. The combined effect of the new aerodynamic regulations and financial rules, in the form of the cost cap, will create the conditions for a more balanced championship and for the gaps across the grid to close.”

“2022 will herald a new era for the FIA Formula One World Championship, with the introduction of one of the biggest changes in regulations in the history of the sport,” added Nikolas Tombazis, Single-Seater Technical Director at the FIA.

“The FIA has led a superb collaborative effort with Formula 1 and the teams to identify the areas we feel will have the biggest impact on the ability of the cars to race each other closely on the track, and in combination with the Financial Regulations that are already in place, these new Technical Regulations should have a great positive impact on the spectacle but also on the sustainability of our Sport.”