Formula One World Championship – Changes in Sports Regulation of 2022

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New regulations will be in place for the 2022 Formula one Championships, let’s explore the new changes.

It will be the 73rd running of the Formula One Championship where significant changes are expected to be introduced; Kate Richardson takes us through this tournament highlighting the main changes.

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Miami Grand Prix

Miami Grand Prix

It is one of the planned F1 Grand Prix which will form part of the 2022 world championship, being one of the changes that will be made for the year. The event will take place at the Hard Rock stadium circuit.

The proposal to have the Miami Grand Prix enter into the F1 world championship was submitted in 2018 but due to complications surrounding the construction and development plans, it was delayed and made again in 2021.

The track was moved to a new location near the Hard Rock Stadium. The inclusion of the Miami Grand Prix in the 2022 championship will be a dream come true for Stephen Ross, the owner of the stadium, he has for years been trying to bring Miami Grand Prix. Achieving this is a great success for him.

Apart from the entrant of the Miami Grand Prix in the 2022 World Championship, other changes are expected to be introduced in this season. Most of these changes are regulatory. They include:

Technical regulations

Technical regulations

The proposed changes may see an overhaul of the technical regulations. The changes were supposed to be introduced in 2021 but were delayed due to certain reasons such as the development of cars in 2020 and also due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upon announcement of the delay, teams were not supposed to carry out any development on their cars. The only developments which were allowed were in line with the new technical regulations.

There were wide consultations with the drivers in the development of the new technical regulations.

The new rules were aimed at being restrictive, mainly to prevent the development of radical designs. A working group committee was formed to assist in the identification and closing of shortcomings in the regulations, ensuring that what will be published covers all the aspects.

With the elimination of loopholes, FIA intended to stop incidences where one team has an advantage over a dominant car. This will allow teams to compete closely throughout the field and at the same time improve the aesthetics of the racing cars.

Reintroduction of the ground effect 

The 2022 championship will see the reintroduction of the ground effect. This will be the first time since the ban of its usage in the 1980s. The use of the ground effect is set to coincide with the bodywork simplification where the underside of the race car will be the main source of aerodynamic grip.

The main purpose of this change is to reduce the turbulent air in the wake giving the drivers a chance to follow closely while ensuring that the same level of downforce is maintained. Also, the changes in aerodynamics aim at limiting the ability to control airflow in the front wheels leading to further reduction of the aerodynamic wake.

The changes include getting rid of bargeboards, devices that manipulate airflow in the car. There will also be a simplification of the front wing and endplates leading to a reduction of the number as well as the complexity of the elements.

Reintroduction of the ground effect 

Other changes n the aerodynamics and body works include:

  • Direct connection of the nosecone in the front wing
  • Making the rear wings wider and also mounting them higher
  • Limitation of the teams in the use of the exhaust gases in the generation of downforce and bodywork
  • Restrictions on the number of aerodynamics upgrades

Apart from making the competition fair for all teams, these aerodynamics and bodywork regulations were also meant to cut the cost.

Engine units

The drafting of engine regulations that are to be introduced in 2022 started way back in 2017 with the discussions being completed in May 2018.

One of the proposals that were made included the removal of the Motor Generator Unit Heat to simplify the technology that is used in the engine and at the same time raising the maximum revolution by 3000 revolutions per minute.

Further proposals touched on the engine suppliers where they were required to produce universal engine components, one that will be compatible. This requirement was to enable teams to get the components they need from multiple suppliers.

This was also to affect the manufacturers. These changes are meant to simplify the engine technology and at the same time make the sports attract new entrants.

Standardized components

2022 Championship will see the beginning of an era where standardized components will be used in the competition with possible full actualization in 2024. This standardization is around the fuel system and gearbox.

It also includes some of the aerodynamic components where the tray in the front car floor will be mainly to ensure that no team has a competitive advantage. A system for categorization of the parts that have already been released allows the teams to prepare adequately in the implementation of this regulation.

The other major change that is expected to be introduced in 2022 is the requirements of the tires. There will be a movement from 33 cm to 46cm wheels. 46 cm tires were first used in Formula 2 championship 2020 as a test.

Although the list for planned races has already been released and the changes which will be introduced during the 2022 championships are already in place, what we do not know is how each team will perform.

We can only wait for the actual dates to confirm the winners; it will be interesting to see how each team will be affected by the new regulatory framework.

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