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TepidT2O:
2022: The return of ground effects

So cometh 2022, cometh a whole new philosophy of car and particularly aero design for formula one cars.

So let’s unpack these changes first of all:


* 18 inch allow wheels.  This should lead to smaller tyre walls and these should be much stiffer.  It will make driving much more precise with much less tyre movement, but there will be much less suspension travel coming form tyres, so it may change the way we see cars on bumps and curves.
* Aero. In short, ground effects are back.  Essentially this creates low pressure underneath the car which ‘sucks’ it to the track. Why? Well the ground effects have little impact on the aero of following cars, so gone are barge boards and bits of body work sticking out everywhere, these of course disrupt the aero for following cars.  So we should see cars which are happier to follow more closely and can pass without having such a big performance  gap.  With DRS, we could see multiple overtakes as cars retake each other multiple times.  It almost sounds exciting eh?
* heavier cars, but safer.  Front end impact now has to take 48% more energy, and 15% more for rear impact.  Front noses will be longer as a result and mass  goes up about 40kg to 790kg
* Suspension changes. Out go heave springs  and torsion bars and back to a simpler suspension design with coil songs and dampers (shocks)
So who benefits? Well who knows? Your guess is as good as mine, but it should mean an end to high rake cars and the philosophy that’s been so successful for so many teams.  In theory that might suggest a head start for the low rake cars, they’ve had more experience of stalling that rear wing with a low rake, but I can’t see red bull not nailing the aero from the start

Driver lineups may still change, but this is the most recent version there is


It’s going to be exciting seeing Russel in that Mercedes’, but you’d worry about the merc being crap if you were him! Would love to see a really competitive McLaren too, Norris and Ricciardo are the most likeable paring on the grid, but they’re plenty quick enough to win some races if they get the car right too.


cormorant:
Nice OP Tepid. I'd add the following as points for discussion/pure-speculation:

Do the FIA change anything about overtaking rules/stewarding/Masi's carte blanche approach to decision making? How would this impact on team principals lobbying over the radio?

With the aero changes, will it give teams that traditionally take a low-rake approach an early advantage? Will any team nail a loophole in the new regulations (think double diffuser) that everyone subsequently copies? If following closely and overtaking becomes much easier, does DRS come under threat of being scrapped?

Will Red Bull and Alpha Tauri's move away from Honda to a rebadged in-house powertrain have any effect on reliability (there is a freeze on development as far as I'm aware)?

TepidT2O:
Prediction number 1.

The Australian Grand Prix will be cancelled

Someone will get seriously hurt at Saudi Arabian GP before too long.

Skeeve:

--- Quote from: cormorant on January  1, 2022, 10:55:50 am ---With the aero changes, will it give teams that traditionally take a low-rake approach an early advantage? Will any team nail a loophole in the new regulations (think double diffuser) that everyone subsequently copies? If following closely and overtaking becomes much easier, does DRS come under threat of being scrapped?

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Hopefully, if this new design works, DRS will be binned, it is a bandaid for existing problems and won't be needed if those are fixed.

reddebs:
Fuck sake 3 day general admission tickets for Spain are sold out already  :o

Silverstone aren't even on sale yet and Canada is only 140€ which would be a good option if not for COVID-19.

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