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      Formula 1 2022
      Dec 13, 2021 02:47:37 pm
      Pre-Season Testing

      Barcelona circuit from the 23-25 February.
      Bahrain hosting the second block of running from the 11-13 March, just week before the season starts
      This will be the first opportunity to see the 2022 cars in action,

      Provisional 2022 Formula 1 calendar

      Date   Grand Prix   Venue
      20 March   Bahrain   Sakhir
      27 March   Saudi Arabia   Jeddah
      10 April   Australia   Melbourne
      24 April   Emilia Romagna   Imola*
      8 May   Miami   Miami**
      22 May   Spain   Barcelona*
      29 May   Monaco   Monaco
      12 June   Azerbaijan   Baku
      19 June   Canada   Montreal
      3 July   United Kingdom   Silverstone
      10 July   Austria   Spielberg
      24 July   France   Le Castellet
      31 July   Hungary   Budapest
      28 August   Belgium   Spa
      4 September   Netherlands   Zandvoort
      11 September   Italy   Monza
      25 September   Russia   Sochi
      2 October   Singapore   Singapore*
      9 October   Japan   Suzuka
      23 October   USA   Austin*
      30 October   Mexico   Mexico City
      13 November   Brazil   Sao Paulo
      20 November   Abu Dhabi   Abu Dhabi

      *subject to contract
      **subject to FIA circuit homologation
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      Re: Formula 2022
      Reply #1: Dec 13, 2021 02:48:28 pm
      Formula 1 2022 driver line-up
      Team   Driver 1   Driver 2
      Mercedes   Lewis Hamilton   George Russell
      Red Bull   Max Verstappen   Sergio Perez
      Ferrari   Charles Leclerc   Carlos Sainz
      McLaren   Lando Norris   Daniel Ricciardo
      Alpine   Fernando Alonso   Esteban Ocon
      Alpha Tauri   Pierre Gasly   Yuki Tsunoda
      Williams   Nicholas Latifi   Alex Albon
      Aston Martin   Sebastian Vettel   Lance Stroll
      Alfa Romeo   Valtteri Bottas   Guanyu Zhou
      Haas   Mick Schumacher   Nikita Mazepin
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      Reply #2: Dec 13, 2021 02:49:46 pm
      10 things you need to know about the all-new 2022 F1 car

      1. It’s been designed specifically to promote better racing
      The 2022 regulations, originally slated to arrive in 2021 but delayed by Covid-19, had one guiding principle: to allow closer racing – with the potential for more overtakes a happy, but secondary, benefit.
      What’s preventing closer racing currently? The effect of the "catastrophic downforce loss" – to quote an engineer centrally involved with the project – resulting from the ‘dirty air’ being churned chaotically off a leading car currently.

      2. The car will feature over-wheel winglets for the first time – and wheel covers are back!
      Two of the striking features on the 2022 car are its over-wheel winglets and a return to a feature last seen in F1 in 2009 – wheel covers.

      The inclusion of the latter is simple: sending airflow through the wheels might be an enormously potent way for teams to increase their downforce, but it also adds to that chaotic aerodynamic wake coming off the cars.

      Although there have been changes to the 2022 regulations to limit what teams can do around the tyres aerodynamically, F1’s Motorsports team wanted to take a belt-and-braces approach by adding a physical seal to prevent engineers intentionally directing disruptive airflow out through the wheels.

      As for the over-wheel winglets, their job is to help control the wake coming off the front tyres and direct it away from the rear wing. That’s been a role traditionally performed by vortices from the front wing – but in a way that makes them hugely sensitive when running in following car conditions. The winglets will achieve the same thing, but in a way that is more aerodynamically resilient in close racing.

      3. The car will feature 18” wheels with low-profile tyres for the first time
      F1 fans will have recently seen lots of footage of teams testing Pirelli’s bigger 18” wheels in readiness for next year.

      The new Pirelli compounds and constructions for these 18” wheels have been designed with the goal of reducing the amount the tyres overheat when they slide – a primary aspect that should help with closer racing.

      READ MORE: Hamilton tries out 18-inch wheels at Imola

      The lower profile tyres also have the added benefit of reducing the sidewall deflection changes and the resulting aerodynamic wake effect that occurs. The teams spend a lot of effort on simulating the airflow regimes around the tyre shapes and interactions with the car bodywork. Reducing the sensitivity in this area will be a benefit in both the car design process and resource required – something that's particularly important in the era of the cost cap.

      4. The front wing and nose concept have been completely re-thought
      Although front wings have been getting progressively simpler in recent seasons, the 2022 F1 car will feature a totally new front wing shape.

      Keeping with the philosophy of the 2022 car, the new front wing’s job is to both generate consistent downforce when running closely behind another car, and ensure that the front wheel wake is well controlled and directed down the car in the least disruptive way.
      That means not sending the wake dramatically outboard, as is done on the current cars, nor letting it spill under the floor and get ingested by the diffuser, but instead steering it narrowly down the side of the car as much as possible. Or as one engineer on the project put it, the 2022 car’s front wing is designed simply to be an "anti-outwash" front wing.

      5. An aero feature from the 70s is back! (sort of)
      F1’s Motorsports team began work on the 2022 car back in 2017 – and it soon became apparent that the key change required to ensure closer racing would be placing the aerodynamic emphasis on ground effect to create downforce.

      Ground effect came to prominence in F1 in the late 1970s, with cars effectively designed in the shape of upside-down airplane wings, creating huge amounts of downforce as they were pushed into the track.

      Full ground effect cars were subsequently outlawed at the end of 1982 – and the 2022 car is certainly not a return to that era (there are no side skirts for a start!). But the 2022 car does feature fully shaped underfloor tunnels, rather than the stepped floor used currently, which will allow teams to generate large amounts of efficient downforce through ground effect (the current floors also exploit ground effect, but not to the same extent).
      The reason for the change is the benign quality of downforce generated in ground effect. Current cars’ barge boards and other bits of aerodynamic furniture are designed to send vortices under the floor to increase downforce. But when those vortices stop working – due, for example, to the influence of closely following another car – the performance drop-off is huge.
      With the 2022 car, however, the underfloor downforce is better preserved within the tunnels, without the reliance on arrays of wake-sensitive, vortex-generating geometries – ergo better following, ergo closer racing!


      6. The rear wing features new ‘rolled tips’
      That rather beautiful, art deco-looking rear wing on the 2022 car (an automotive stylist contributed to aspects of the 2022 car’s overall look, incidentally) actually has an important function – and it’s to do with mushrooms. Let us explain…

      While current cars’ rear wings direct airflow upwards, they are also designed to send flow outwards, leaving the ‘dirty air’ sitting there for the following car to drive through. By contrast, the shape and position of the 2022 car’s rear wing creates a rotational airflow that collects the rear wheel wake and rolls it into the flow exiting the diffuser – forming an invisible ‘mushroom’-shaped wake.

      This narrower wake is then thrown – thanks also to a steeper diffuser ramp – high up into the air, allowing a following car to drive through less disrupted ‘clean air’.

      DRS remains on the rear wing, meanwhile, with the Motorsports team keen to study its effect in conjunction with the rule changes.

      7. It will use the same power unit as 2021
      Many, many things are new on the 2022 car – but the power unit is not one of them, with Formula 1 set to retain the current 1.6-litre turbo-hybrid units. This is no bad thing, given that they’re already the most advanced and most efficient engines on the planet.

      There will, however, be some more standard components in the fuel system, as well as some additional sensors to allow the FIA to better monitor the power units.

      The big change is actually what will be coursing through those 1.6-litre engines, namely…

      8. Cars will run on more sustainable fuel
      Current regulations see cars running on fuel containing 5.75% bio-components.

      And while F1 is still working hard to introduce fully sustainable fuel in the near-future, 2022 will see the bio-component ratio rise to 10%. That will be achieved through a move to ‘E10 fuel’ – ‘E’ standing for ethanol, while ‘10’ refers to its percentage in the mixture.

      Crucially, though, that ethanol must be a second generation biofuel made in a sustainable way, meaning it will have a near-zero carbon footprint – an “interim step”, in the words of Formula 1’s Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds, which will also help the sport align with current road car fuel regulations.

      9. Safety has been at the forefront of the design
      It almost goes without saying that a new generation of Formula 1 cars comes with the opportunity to make the sport even safer – and that’s certainly the case with the 2022 car.

      The chassis now need to absorb 48% and 15% more energy respectively in the front and rear impact tests, as well as greater forces in the static ‘squeeze’ tests required to homologate the chassis and certify their strength.

      Lessons have been learned, too, from recent major crashes, including that of Romain Grosjean at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix – with the cars now designed in such a way that, in the event of a crash, the power unit will separate from the chassis in a safe manner without exposing the fuel tank.

      Meanwhile, learnings from the FIA’s investigation into Formula 2 racer Anthoine Hubert’s fatal accident at Spa in 2019 were also incorporated, principally a longer nose section to help dissipate energy in a crash, together with stronger chassis sides to resist T-bone incidents.

      It’s also true that those safety improvements, as well as the heavier and more robust tyres, have seen a weight increase, with the minimum car weight having risen by around 5% from 752kg currently to 790kg.

      10. The 2022 car has been put through over 7,500 simulations to get to this point
      F1 is nothing if not a thorough sport – and as you can imagine, creating the 2022 car has not been a ‘finger in the air’ exercise.

      Instead, F1’s Motorsports team have run approximately 7,500 simulations, creating around half a petabyte of data. That’s the equivalent of a third of the 10 billion photos on Facebook, or 10 million four-drawer filing cabinets full of text documents.
      Those 7,500 simulations also took 16.5 million core hours to solve, meaning if they’d been done on a high-spec Intel i9 quad core laptop, it would have taken until the year 2492 – 471 years from now – to get the solutions.

      The 2022 car was also developed in exclusive sessions in Sauber’s wind tunnel in Switzerland, with 138 ‘baseline configurations’ experimented with over two years, with around 100 ‘wind on’ hours.

      Meanwhile, the teams have also been granted regulatory freedom to test the current 2022 car iteration – or the ‘UNIFORM’ baseline as it’s known internally, given that it’s the 21st significant update – for methodology development in their wind tunnels and CFD (provided they don’t alter the shape), with the feedback from the teams having been a crucial part of the design and development process.

      And there you have it – the 10 key things you need to know about the 2022 car.

      F1’s Motorsports team are confident that they’ve come up with a set of regulations that can achieve their objective of closer racing, while not being so prescriptive that they prevent creativity.

      https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/...l-new-2022-f1-car.4OLg8DrXyzHzdoGrbqp6ye.html
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      Re: Formula 2022
      Reply #3: Dec 13, 2021 07:44:36 pm
      they also come with front and back bumpers and air bags to enable Max to be free to continue his aggressive driving style.
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      Reply #4: Dec 13, 2021 07:46:16 pm
      they also come with front and back bumpers and air bags to enable Max to be free to continue his aggressive driving style.

      And another free pass to win it in last race if needed.
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      Reply #5: Dec 24, 2021 11:23:12 pm
      What’s Hamilton’s new team mate like?
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      Reply #6: Dec 25, 2021 08:45:14 am
      What’s Hamilton’s new team mate like?

      That’s a good question, only time will tell. Russell did have a very good debut the first time he rode a merc when filling in. If it wasn’t for a puncture he would of won the race. He will certainly put Hammy to the test more than Bottas did.
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      Reply #7: Dec 25, 2021 11:38:55 pm
      Ihope Max gets used to the sight of his Exhaust whilst Lewis just goes on to win
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      Reply #8: Dec 26, 2021 12:51:01 am
      He will certainly put Hammy to the test more than Bottas did.

      He'll beat Hamilton!  :roll: :roll: :roll: :lmao:

      In all seriousness, if Russell ends up being as good as I'm hoping he'll be, it might actually help Max. The Mercedes drivers will take points off each other, whilst Max will be the clear number 1 at Red Bull.


      Obviously, it's just conjecture at this point... Mercedes and RB might not even be in the fight for the title. For all we know, Haas will have the best car next season.
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      Re: Formula 1 2022
      Reply #9: Dec 27, 2021 03:19:17 pm
      if Lewis drives Russell will be his rear gunner and he will be fully aware of his position and ready then to take over from Lewis when the time is right.
      Merc have prepared well for this seasons Cars where RB saw this season as their chance whilst not only Merc but others put their efforts into this next seasons car. Testing will be interesting
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      Reply #10: Dec 27, 2021 03:55:50 pm
      if Lewis drives Russell will be his rear gunner and he will be fully aware of his position and ready then to take over from Lewis when the time is right.
      Merc have prepared well for this seasons Cars where RB saw this season as their chance whilst not only Merc but others put their efforts into this next seasons car. Testing will be interesting

      If we believe what we hear/read Mercs will have a better car this year but with all the changes isn’t it said more teams will come into the equation this year?
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      Reply #11: Dec 27, 2021 04:44:03 pm
      If we believe what we hear/read Mercs will have a better car this year but with all the changes isn’t it said more teams will come into the equation this year?

      it would be wonderful seeing Max and Horner explaining their midfield position.
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      Reply #12: Jan 03, 2022 03:21:45 pm
      https://www.planetf1.com/news/michael-masi-criticism-decisions-no-sense/

      if the FIA think this is all forgotten and we all start anew then they are mistaken. They have probably divided the crowd at races now into two factions and booing will be common place this season they must be so proud of Masi.
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      Reply #13: Jan 03, 2022 03:36:43 pm
      https://www.planetf1.com/news/michael-masi-criticism-decisions-no-sense/

      if the FIA think this is all forgotten and we all start anew then they are mistaken. They have probably divided the crowd at races now into two factions and booing will be common place this season they must be so proud of Masi.

      Has he not been fooked off yet.
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      Reply #14: Jan 03, 2022 04:16:54 pm
      Do we think Mercedes will let George and Lewis race?

      Some of the quali laps George was putting in last season were insane for the car, so can imagine he will be there or there about with Lewis.

      I can't imagine Lewis would be too happy after losing a championship to not be the number one driver.
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      Reply #15: Jan 03, 2022 04:24:49 pm

      Lots of behind face saving meetings going on if Masi is still there the first contentious issue that comes up all hell will let loose.
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      Reply #16: Jan 03, 2022 07:45:54 pm
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      Reply #17: Jan 03, 2022 07:49:31 pm
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      Reply #18: Jan 03, 2022 08:35:52 pm
      Do we think Mercedes will let George and Lewis race?

      Yes, in theory.
      Toto Wolff has always been adamant about letting his drivers race, so I fully expect Hamilton and Russell to be on equal footing at the start of the season.
      Should George manage to hit the ground running, I suspect they'll start implementing some 'rules of engagement' as Mercedes will not want a repeat of the Hamilton/Rosberg rivalry. In effect, they'll probably let them race, but with some level of caution.
      As the season progress, I suspect they'll start to play the 'team game' if Lewis is well ahead of George in the standings. Not sure what they'll do if George is ahead.

      A few things to consider though...
      1) As much as I rate him, I don't think George will be able to match Lewis straight away. He'll probably need some time to adjust to his new car,  new environment, and to build a team around him. In a sense, he's lucky '22 will be a 'reset year' for everybody.
      2) Imola '21 will likely influence George's behaviour. He got a proper bollocking from Wolff after his crash with Bottas and he won't be eager to see that happen again, so he might be more careful at first.
      3) George also knows he's there to learn from Lewis and while he'll want to demonstrate he can go toe to toe with anybody, I can't see him take unnecessary risks.
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      Reply #19: Jan 03, 2022 08:47:54 pm
      Little poll to pass the time...

      Which team do you think will have the best car next season?

      We have very little information at this stage, so it's just based on gut feeling...

      Personally, I'd go with Ferrari. They massively improved their engine last year, and spent all '21 developing their '22 car. I really think they might surprise everyone. But then again, it's Ferrari, so they are just as likely to f**k this up...  :lmao:
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      Reply #20: Jan 03, 2022 09:01:24 pm
      Little poll to pass the time...

      Which team do you think will have the best car next season?

      We have very little information at this stage, so it's just based on gut feeling...

      Personally, I'd go with Ferrari. They massively improved their engine last year, and spent all '21 developing their '22 car. I really think they might surprise everyone. But then again, it's Ferrari, so they are just as likely to f**k this up...  :lmao:


      I’m going to be boring and go with the Mercs  ;D
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      Reply #21: Jan 03, 2022 10:01:43 pm
      Little poll to pass the time...

      Which team do you think will have the best car next season?

      We have very little information at this stage, so it's just based on gut feeling...

      Personally, I'd go with Ferrari. They massively improved their engine last year, and spent all '21 developing their '22 car. I really think they might surprise everyone. But then again, it's Ferrari, so they are just as likely to f**k this up...  :lmao:


      Mercedes got nerfed in the 2021 season (with Aston Martin being the secondary casualty)
      and they still out developed Red Bull, so it would be too optimistic to go for anyone but Mercedes,
      especially given how strong the Mercedes PU was in the second half of the season.

      Only chance Max has is if/when George Russell starts to take points off Hamilton.
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      Reply #22: Jan 04, 2022 12:17:16 am
      Mercedes got nerfed in the 2021 season (with Aston Martin being the secondary casualty)
      and they still out developed Red Bull, so it would be too optimistic to go for anyone but Mercedes,
      especially given how strong the Mercedes PU was in the second half of the season.

      Only chance Max has is if/when George Russell starts to take points off Hamilton.

      I think in his first season Russell will play the role of Lewis’s wing man, Russell has a wide head on his shoulders & will bide his time, I can see Russell as WC within 3 seasons..

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