Formula 1 will unveil the future direction of the sport on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix, with a proper look at the all-new 2022 car.
A major technical rules overhaul, originally planned for 2021 but delayed because of the pandemic, will officially be unveiled on Thursday at 15:00 BST with the sport marketing it as a “new era”.
It sees a return to ground-effect cars where the majority of the downforce is created by large tunnels in the floor, rather than complex front and rear wings. The benefit of this is that the trailing airflow is much ‘cleaner’ and allows a chasing car to follow more closely.
It’s hoped this will encourage closer racing, which will in turn lead to more overtaking. It’s also the first year that the budget cap and development scale will truly have an impact, which it’s hoped will help to level the playing field between the front running teams and those at the back of the pack.
The British GP weekend not only sees the introduction of a new race weekend format, but also the unveiling of a life-size scale model of the ’22 car.
During the unveiling, a panel of experts will explain the thinking behind the revolutionary new concept.