Formula 1’s governing body the FIA has warned it doesn’t expect the 2022 cars to produce close racing “overnight” following its unveiling on Thursday.
Ahead of the major regulation changes coming into force next year, a full-scale concept of a 2022 F1 car was revealed for the first time before this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
The next-generation F1 cars have been designed with the aim of creating closer racing, but the FIA’s head of single-seaters Nikolas Tombazis has urged fans to not expect the new rules to have an instant impact.
“We expect to see closer racing, but maybe not from the very first race because maybe somebody will get the new rules right and somebody wrong,” Tombazis said.
“But very soon we expect to see a closer level of competitiveness between the cars, and cars being able to follow each other more closely.”
He added: “It [better racing] won’t happen overnight. We will obviously study what solutions the teams produce, and we will keep working at it, to improve.
“But we believe over time the racing will improve sizeably.”
Tombazis was also clear that the new regulations haven’t specifically been designed to increase overtaking, but to allow cars to follow more easily in dirty air.
“It’s not so much actual overtaking, but how close they race,” he said. “So being able to follow each other, fight each other throughout the race. So that’s what we’ve been trying to do, mainly acting on the aerodynamics.”
F1 managing director of motorsport Ross Brawn hopes the 2022 cars begin an exciting new chapter and create more on-track entertainment for the fans.
“This is the start of a new journey, a new philosophy, a new culture, where the raceability of these cars is going to be vital to the future of F1,” said Brawn. “And why do we do that? We do that because we want to entertain the fans, we want to engage the fans and we want new fans to come into the sport.
“This is a unique new chapter in our sport. And these regulations have evolved to make F1 the absolute greatest racing spectacle, and to push our sport to the very forefront of global culture and entertainment.”