2022 Formula 1 cars ‘should be much faster on the straights’

The all-new Formula 1 cars should be “much faster on the straights”, according to Red Bull technical director Pierre Wache.

However, they are also expected to be slower in the corners.

Red Bull has unveiled what they hope will be the car that will defend Max Verstappen’s world title, or allow Sergio Perez to claim his first, the RB18 decked out in the traditional dark blue and red livery.

But while the colors were much the same as last year, the car and its tires are very different.

This season, Formula 1 is racing all-new cars based on ground effect aerodynamics, a completely different design philosophy to last year’s cars, in the hope that this will bring the field together as they are expected to create less ‘dirty air’, which will make things easier. to follow.

Of the teams, only Aston Martin has raced its 2022 challenger at the time of writing, although some have planned a private shakedown ahead of the first official day of racing on February 23 in Spain.

This means that it is speculation, that is to say learned, on what Formula 1 can expect this season.

Red Bull design guru Adrian Newey believes this year’s technical changes are the most significant Formula 1 has seen in three decades.

“It was a very unusual process,” he said. “It’s a huge regulatory change, the biggest we’ve had since 1983 when Venturi cars were banned and flat-bottomed cars were introduced.”

The Briton explained the logic behind ground effect aerodynamics and how it should improve racing.

“The aerodynamic changes that led to this are designed to make overtaking easier,” he said.

“The theory is that you create a shape where as downforce is produced, it always produces downforce at the rear of the car, so you get this kind of tail roasting at the back.

“If it then fills in, or fills in laterally, from below, then the car’s wake passes over the car behind you. The car behind then retains its downforce much better than before.

Wache thinks the new cars will be faster than last year’s on the straights because of this.

“What they wanted to do was clearly create and generate the downforce from the ground compared to before, when it was generated from the ground but also mainly from the front wing, the rear wing and the bodywork” , did he declare.

“It will affect, for sure, the handling of the car, the mechanical grip and the drag of the car.

“This generation of downforce is quite efficient and this type of car should be much faster in a straight line at these levels of downforce.

Chief Engineer Paul Monaghan added: “The nose box is definitely longer. So wherever you put your separation for the front of the chassis in the structure at the front, that structure is much longer, the overhang is greater.

“[With the tyres] the thought is road relevance, in that the majority of road cars now have relatively large wheels, but they also come with fairly low tyres.

“We increased the wheel size to 18 inches like a line in the sand. That definitely put some weight on the car. The tire is bigger overall so it has quite a big aerodynamic effect.

“And then you also have to try to understand the characteristics of the big tyre. We have some sort of reasonable knowledge of the last year. It’s a bit of a new drawing board for us.

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