Will Formula 1’s new cars for 2022 prove a change for the better?

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At last week’s British Grand Prix Formula 1 presented a full-size model showing how cars built to next year’s radically overhauled regulations will look.

The 2022 regulations overhaul – delayed by one year due to the pandemic – is the sport’s latest attempt to address the long-standing problem drivers encounter when trying to overtake rivals. The turbulence created by a leading car makes it difficult for others to follow closely.

The rules are intended to be more than just an ‘overtaking fix’. Formula 1 also aims to reduce the performance gap between teams, making it harder for one to dominate.

However some F1 designers have expressed concerns over the complexity and restrictiveness of the new regulations. Next year’s cars are expected to look more similar to each other, and are also likely to be several seconds per lap slower.

Will the expected loss of performance and reduction in freedom justify the promised improvements in racing? Do you share the vision of Formula 1’s future its 2022 rules represents? Cast your vote and join in the debate below.

For

The path Formula 1 is treading for 2022 isn’t that radical, it’s one other series have followed, with success. Reducing upper surface aerodynamics in favour of larger floor ‘tunnels’ looks like the best way to help single-seater cars race each other closely.

IndyCar demonstrated this when it reworked its cars’ aerodynamics in 2018 and the final generation of Formula Renault 3.5’s Dallara chassis produced wonderful circuit racing, as the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and other graduates of the series will attest.

The teams may have less scope to develop their aerodynamics, but this is no bad thing. Piling more downforce onto the cars did little to aid the racing in 2017, and its an area of development with little real-world road relevance.

Against

Formula 1’s status as the technological pinnacle of motorsport will be undermined by this change, which ties designers to rigid car design parameters. The spectacular performance of current cars will also be reduced, to the extent that it may be a long time before we see track records being broken again.

The rules also fail to reverse a trend in the regulations which has done much to impair the quality of racing: The weight of the cars. The 2022 rules will produce even heavier machines at a time when many drivers are urging F1 to cut their weight.

It’s doubtful how much confidence F1 has in the new rules’ ability to promote closer racing. The Drag Reduction System – F1’s ‘sticking plaster’ push-button overtaking aid – remains in the rule books for next year.

I say



You say

I didn’t realise how eagerly I was anticipating Formula 1’s coming rules changes until they were postponed by one season early last year. Whether or not they will actually work, they appear to be the product of sound reasoning and research, and having seen how well other, similar cars have raced elsewhere I’m somewhat optimistic.

It is concerning that we could have a field of largely identical cars from next year. However F1 has said it believes there is scope in the rule for teams to develop substantially different-looking cars. We’ll find that out when the covers come off the real machines next year.

Will Formula 1's new technical regulations for 2022 prove a change for the better?

  • Strongly agree (27%)
  • Slightly agree (50%)
  • Neither agree nor disagree (9%)
  • Slightly disagree (7%)
  • Strongly disagree (5%)
  • No opinion (2%)

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62 comments on “Will Formula 1’s new cars for 2022 prove a change for the better?”

  1. Hakk The Rack
    24th July 2021, 8:51

    I say section says: EMPTY. I feel robbed.

    1. I think the part that should be in the “I say” section, is below “You say” instead..

  2. Will Formula 1’s new cars for 2022 prove a change for the better?

    No!

    1. Ok!

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    2. Biskit Boy (@sean-p-newmanlive-co-uk)
      25th July 2021, 8:22

      We’ll see!

      John you are in the 11% that disagree with the changes as opposed to the 78% that do. It doesn’t mean your wrong of course. I hope you still get some enjoyment going forward.
      Everything changes.

  3. I worry the budget cap may induce a ‘Honda 2015-16’ type situation where 1-2 teams get the regulations right and others are held back from catching up.

    1. AJ (@asleepatthewheel)
      24th July 2021, 9:29

      Unless you make F1 a spec series, this will always be the case no matter what the rules and regulations are. There will be some teams who get the design philosophy right, some slightly off the mark, some way off the mark.
      One way to minimise this is to reveal the rules one by one to teams based on constructors position starting from last at regular intervals. It is like giving the backmarkers a head start, who generally have inferior tools and engineers compared to the top teams. Although that would be unfair, extremely difficult to police the transfer of information, and highly absurd, F1 has implemented the wind tunnel testing allocation rule which based on a similar idea.

      1. I think that this (1-2 teams getting ahead) was the usual for F1. I cant remember the last time a season showed 3-4 teams in a similar levels.
        2012 had different winners but teams didnt kept perfomance.

        1. someone or something
          24th July 2021, 14:29

          2010 had Red Bull, Ferrari, and McLaren winning multiple races and fighting for the driver’s title until the last race. Before that, you’d probably have to go back to the early eighties.

          1. Omar R (@omarr-pepper)
            25th July 2021, 2:36

            Well, you also had the early 2000s with Ferrari, McLaren and Williams going for the honors (but in this case Ferrari always ended up creating an advantage). And in the same years Renault started to show some progress.

    2. Gavin Campbell
      24th July 2021, 22:41

      But that’s why they have brought in the Aero Handicap system. (TBH I don’t think it should of counted this year – I feel all teams should of had the same amount to start).

      With a budget cap any early advantage would be baked in as teams are limited to the cap. It may not seem very “F1” but it’s the proper way to do it.

    3. Biskit Boy (@sean-p-newmanlive-co-uk)
      25th July 2021, 8:30

      I think the new regulations will make the car performance closer, so the likelihood of only 1 or 2 teams getting it right is reduced, at least I hope so!

      The aero rules are so prescriptive that if a team go it badly wrong you’d have to ask a big WHY?

      Cosmetically I’d like to see shorter cars with narrower front wings, in fact many of the 80’s ground effect cars had no front wings and looked great.

      As for the car weight, this is largely due to the power unit and safety structures. I cant see those changing drastically any time soon, but lower weight would see shorter braking distances and this might harm overtaking.

      1. + 1. Agree with you on the aesthetics.

  4. I’m looking forward to it, the renders look nice, I just hope we see some decent levels of variety.

    As long as they are still the fastest cars in the world, that’s really the most important thing.

    If they work to minify the effects of dirty air, that would be nice too.

    1. Coventry Climax
      24th July 2021, 17:33

      ‘The renders look nice’. That’s exactly what gives me the shivers; the FIA deciding what the teams race cars should look like, full size model and all. Effectively, that’s defining a spec-competition.

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  5. Andy (@andyfromsandy)
    24th July 2021, 10:08

    One or two teams do an excellent job and find some great loophole to performance. That will be regulated out in order to remove the performance gain as it won’t fit with what the FIA want. It has already been written about elsewhere but using different words.

    Allegedly the cars will be able to race closer but that doesn’t mean more overtaking (racing). DRS will still be needed so the places just keep swapping until the last lap.

    The canny driver just follows and waits for the last lap. The even more canny driver allows himself to be overtaken and waits until the last lap!

  6. I feel like these regulations will be hugely positive no matter what, because they are essentially a dubble edged sword: Aside from being formulated restrictively to ensure that they delivered on the goal of reduced aerodynamic influence when following, the design restrictions will also somewhat act as an equalizer in car performance since teams cannot deviate hugely from the intended design. And that will work both ways, it will stop the top teams from finding crazy amounts of performance as well as helping the struggeling teams land on a functioning designs with a good baseline performance. With a more bunched up grid, racing will always be more lively.

  7. GP2 burst on the scene as far back as 2005 and showed that ground effect was the way to produce good racing and its staggering that its taken 17 years for F1 to get the message and follow suit.

    A lot will still depend on the tyres I feel. This has to be Pirelli’s last chance to provide something thats good for racing and I’m concerned by the back tracking on tyre blankets (every other series manages to survive without them). Its not going to make for great racing overnight, and especially given the season we are currently having with Max and Lewis fighting each other at the front I can see a certain amount of backlash next year and some knee-jerk changes because of it.

    But I think in the long run this change is for the best and will hopefully provide better and eventually, with the removal of DRS, more pure racing.

    1. Andy (@andyfromsandy)
      24th July 2021, 12:30

      Ground effect was found a long time ago.

      Without looking through the history books as I recall it was outlawed because they felt drivers would kill themselves when the car comes unstuck going at the speeds they were achieving.

      1. Davethechicken
        24th July 2021, 16:37

        @Andy. Indeed outlawed in the 80’s with side skirts sucking cars to the track.
        It was potentially so powerful I remember reading, that the quickest driver would be the one who could cope best with the G without blacking out!!

  8. I can’t wait to see the fruit of so many debates, researches and controversies. I’m like a kid in front of a christmas gift, will it be for the better? I hope so, but it will certainly be a wild ride, with dramas, successes, engineering challenges, loopholes, and more intriguing questions. Who will master this new era? When will the first pictures be leaked? Who will be on pole in Melbourne? How much will cost cap improve the racing? And, more fundamentally, did they got it right this time is a pressing question.

    1. Andy (@andyfromsandy)
      24th July 2021, 12:32

      It is not so much the cost cap that brings the level playing field but F1 has introduced a handy cap system.

  9. I think in the long run it is a step in the right direction. This is the biggest and most well researched change in aerodynamics ever in order to promote close racing, so I feel that it has to be an improvement overall, even if they are retaining DRS for the time being.

    However, since we finally have some competition at the front of the field this year, I think next year might be a step backwards in those terms. Whenever there is a major regulation change there tends to be one team that comes out ahead, before convergence starts to happen towards the end of that set of regulations, so I expect the same might apply here to some extent. But since the engine performance is frozen and design regulations are more prescriptive, hopefully that means convergence will happen much sooner with this set of rules than the previous one.

    1. @keithedin Fair comment and well said. As I said below in a comment it is my hope that they use drs differently as per Domenicali’s suggestion that all cars use it at all times in all drs zones strictly as a drag reducer and therefore fuel saving measure on those designated straights, and not as a ‘push-to-pass’ button strictly for the cars that are within 1 second of another at specific points on the track. It would also help increase speeds and lower lap times for those that are concerned about slower cars than currently.

      I too cannot see these well researched changes doing anything but helping promote closer racing, but I take your point that there may be a temporary step back away from convergence just because it is a major change. But of course as you say the pus are frozen so their is already convergence that way, and then we see who has done what within the new chassis regs. Overall though, I don’t envision a sudden blatant domination by one team such as Mercedes pulled off for 2014.

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  10. I had hopes for 09, slicks were back, simpler cars, but the formula only got worse from 09, long, tall, heavy, big wings and odd noses.
    The 09 rules did not meet their goals, as ever promises were made, and f1 went the opposite way. No better racing, cars kept getting more and more expensive, punctuated by the ambitious and ultra expensive 2014 PU’s, which served no good purpose other than being sophisticated. Finally in 2017 the lobbyists succesfully made the cars more expensive and harder to pass, at least the looks were improved.
    Originally I had high hopes for what is now the 2022 regs because I couldn’t see f1 getting any worse, seeing the 2022 model, It is still long, heavy and has massive wings. The 2021 cars are the best looking cars in a decade, I hope I won’t miss them.

    1. Totally agree with the looks of the current cars. And I know I am going to miss them.

  11. I neither agree nor disagree. Change in F1 usually makes things a little different and there’s different stuff to talk about but I can’t imagine myself enjoying the sport I love any more or less.

  12. I’m 50/50 on it. I think it’ll be easier to follow so better racing will be possible but I also think there’s a good chance we’ll go back to 1 team dominating so we’ll have less racing at the front.

    1. @petebaldwin After 4 years of RBR followed by 7 years of Mercedes, and finally one year of see-saw between the two, I’m not sure if ‘going back to’ is the right way of wording the concern some share, but rather ‘staying’ with 1 team domination would be more accurate, and I think it is well worth the ‘risk.’

  13. They didn’t change the tire supplier. Maybe they’ll be able to overtake each others (and maybe too easy with the DRS, so we’ll see more of the same overtaking strategy on the straights), but we won’t be seeing the true pace of the cars. Drivers will still have to drive like it’s 24H Le Mans and not F1, never to the limit (and if too close to the limit the tires might explode or lose 90% of their performance). As for the car design rules, we remember the last year and Mercedes. Teams will always look for some grey area, after all you hire engineers to invent solutions.

  14. Er, let’s see!

  15. Chris Horton
    24th July 2021, 12:47

    I can see the concern about cars being virtually identical, but honestly even now from any sort of distance they’re basically the same anyway, the differences are intricacies and frankly, the aerodynamic surfaces are, in my opinion, very messy and ugly.

    I’m excited for the new rules, I do enjoy the individuality and constructor aspect to F1, but let’s he honest, it leads to fairly extreme domination on a regular basis. I watch the sport for the racing and this change in philosophy is 20 years overdue.

    Roll on 2022.

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  16. The simple fact that tha cars might get clean, unemcumberedd by a myriads of aero devices, gives me hope.
    If the racing remains tha same but the car seems cleaner, for me it is an improvement.
    And the changes are based on also improving racing.
    I understand that some people see the change as a slap on the face regarding the “construction series” formula.
    I failed to see the benefit of that in current time, considering costs and competition.

    1. Coventry Climax
      24th July 2021, 17:05

      What benefit is there to a couple of athletes competing on the graveltrack, running the, say, 200 m?
      Well, there is no benefit, it’s just competition, people striving to be the best.
      F1 has been competition between racecar makers and between drivers, since it’s inception in the fifties. And exactly half of that, competition between teams, is now likely being killed with these new rules. Plus, we have yet to see whether the new rules will actually improve the racing. It’s not that the FIA can boast on a terrific track record, regarding successful rule-making. Also, as people correctly observe here, the Pirelli’s are still there. And last but not least, Liberty is still there, striving for a show instead of a sport, going for actors instead of sportsmen/-women, going for gimmicks, instead of for the real thing.
      Again, I’m not against change, I’m against the direction of these changes.

      Reread your first sentence: “the simple fact that the cars might get clean, un- etc.” I don’t see how the words ‘fact’ and ‘might’ go together here. You’re just an optimist, which is fine, but needs no explanation. I’m afraid I’m a little more realistic; let’s just wait and see.

  17. I find the whole “the cars will be slower therefore the rule changes are bad” is such a poor argument. I believe Mercedes started that rumour just to discourage a change in the rules that could potentially stop their dominance. They were easily the most vocal in pointing that out before the rules were finalised and now the rules are confirmed they haven’t said anything in a long time. I mean, no other racing series will be faster so F1 will remain the fastest series (which I personally don’t see as an issue but I could see why people would argue against this).

    Also, no one can tell the difference between the 2009 cars speed vs 2020 cars, and before then the early-mid 2000s cars seemed quicker despite being slower. So from a fan position, it makes no difference if they are slower we can’t tell and doesn’t make F1 slower then any other series.

    The only reason I can see people being upset by this is because they want the driver they are fans of to be lap record holders. But no ones made this point so I don’t think that’s the predominant reason why people are so upset by slowing the cars down. And tbh, for me personally anyway ever since 2014 it hasn’t really mattered since they were all pretty much gifted to Hamilton. That’s not to say Hamilton is a bad driver, but merely when you have the fastest cars ever, paired with the most dominant team in history that no other car can get close to (for the most part) and then 2 drivers, 1 being a great and the other being a good driver nothing special (by F1 standards that is) then of course the much better driver should end up with all the lap records regardless of how good they are as long as they aren’t horrible. So for me they are meaningless records now, perhaps in a couple years I’ll change my mind if the cars a lot closer, but by then they’ll either regain the lost time or we’ll be moving onto the 2025 regulations so it’s not something that fazes me.

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  18. I’m very torn on this set of regulations because for as much as I believe that the move towards ground effects will allow for closer racing & therefore a higher chance of overtaking without needing any assists/gimmicks…. I then also honestly really dislike how restrictive they are & how they are putting things in place to close things down they don’t like much sooner.

    F1 to me has never just been about the racing & the thing that has kept me hooked for 32 years now isn’t the racing, amount of overtaking or even that I view it as having the best teams/drivers. The thing that has kept me hooked this long, The thing that has seen me always put F1 above everything else is the development race, The engineering, the technology, the innovation, the performance & the extreme’s. As such I just honestly worry that if we lose a chunk of those things i’ll just end up enjoying F1 a lot less.

    We’ll see what we end up with, But If we end up with a grid of cars that look too similar which all perform the same & with nothing to talk about through the season in terms of development etc… then I can see myself shifting from been the super dedicated fan i’ve been to a more casual one who pops in & out rather than consuming every bit of news & watching every second of every race weekend. We’ll see.

  19. My biggest reservation is that these rules essentially hedge the bets: let’s establish parameters that allow for closer racing, but let’s keep DRS in case they don’t… and then what? Let’s say these cars instantly make following and overtaking far easier, will DRS be removed within a couple races? That would be the best case scenario actually. I still don’t understand the obsession with giant front wings that make wheel to wheel racing that much more risky.

    1. @maciek My hope is that they do with drs as Domenicali has suggested they might. He talked about all cars using drs on all laps in all drs zones, not just trailing cars within 1 second of a car ahead. He talked about it as a device simply to improve fuel economy, and to me it would also lower lap times, for as he rightly said they don’t need downforce on straights anyway, so why not release all cars from some of their drag on the straights. I hope they either use drs this way so that it is completely fair for all, or otherwise do away with it completely, but I sure see logic to what SD has talked about. They do want to go greener and greener and so it sounds like a great way to save some fuel across the grid of cars.

      1. @robbie, I initially didn’t get what you implied, but yes, the point presumably is that since DRS reduces drag, it consequently also reduces fuel consumption, so having DRS activatable on every race lap (bar the first two + first two post-SC and still within designated activation zones) would help in the long-term. I wouldn’t mind either way.

      2. Coventry Climax
        24th July 2021, 17:28

        That would be very nice, if only the concept of “DRS zones” itself would be dropped. I’d say, let the drivers decide when AND where to use it.
        Domenicali came up with this ‘explanation’ long after everything was already decided, as a sort of after-thought really, an attempt to get more people in favor of their plans. Longbefore, it was Brawn who said “We will probably still need DRS.” The problem is, what -or who- defines ‘need’ here? Like the sprint-qualy-race-thing, it’s said to be an experiment, but they’re already claiming it’s a huge succes, with ‘they love it’ and all. It’s too much Trump to my liking, which makes me suspicious.

      3. As noted by others, that was a retrospective excuse which has been introduced to try and waive away any criticism, and is completely at odds with the original message that he was promoting in the past.

        Why should we believe that story over the previous justification, particularly when the original reason seems to fit in far more with the way that they intend to promote the show?

  20. The proof will be in the racing, for me. If the racing is good, then I can live with short term development restrictions. If the racing is stagnant, then the extra design restrictions will be another nail in the well built coffin. I am excited to find out how they will run.

  21. If it makes close racing more frequent that is great but if it sacrifices innovation and a development race to do it, that is very worrying as those are key elements of F1, indeed what makes it different to other series in its intensity and the consequential skills and team bonding necessary. What makes the F1 teams response to covid so impressive, their technological spin offs to so many products so valuable.

    There is also a risk that the FIA is demonstrating its rule mania (fifteen pages on pit stops you will remember) and instead of letting teams develop their own cars they will constantly introduce yet more rules to increase standardisation. And standardisation is just another way of saying stifling innovation and the development chase.

    There is evidence of this approach with the specification for the 2022 car still incomplete. Is that in order to stamp on innovation they spot which might put one team far ahead of the others?

    I fear the FIA and FOM are now in the hands of those who see control as a never ending struggle with teams to stop any of them breaking free of the pack. If you want that there is F2 and F3 available but it never has been nor should it be F1.

  22. I voted for slightly agree, although too early for a definitive conclusion. Time will tell.

  23. The idea for the new regulations is right, we all want cars that can better race closely on track, but the direction in which they are going in order to achieve it is wrong. I do not believe it is a good idea to first design a car and then write rules that describe that particular car, which is essentially what they have done this time. They set a target, designed something that met that target and then asked the competitors to replicate what they had done. Instead they should have just set a target and asked competitors to meet that. They are treating symptoms instead of curing the disease. That might work out well in the short term, but in the long run it’s guaranteed to fail.

  24. I was going to take part in this… then I realised I left my crystal ball at work

    So like others, I guess I’m just going to have to wait and see, but I do hope so

    And BTW people, if you think last Sunday’s MV/LH action was good for the sport, just wait and see what happens on track of these rules deliver as promised. Closer racing = harder racing

  25. Brawn has failed at this every time before. No reason it will be different this time. I don’t like the creep toward a spec series. The cars are closer than I have ever seen in my 30 years of following F1. I don’t think it would help the racing to get closer. Would rather see more open rules, but I know that isn’t going to happen.

  26. All I see is ROSS spelled out in the pic above. That cheat will be the death of F1.

  27. Answering the headline question:

    For the first part/half of 2022, maybe
    After that, no

  28. I don’t understand the massive front wing, I don’t understand the long wheelbase. Will it be better than currently? probably. Will it be enough to rid us of ghastly DRS? Probably not.

  29. remember why ground effect was banned in 80ies?
    1- it was unpredictable on the real life tracks with uneven surfaces etc
    2- cornering speeds rose so high that pilots were risking blackouts

    Same stuff can happen now, tracks are not perfect, we all saw that iron drain covers can be sucked from the streets of Baku and “normal” tracks. And even less dramatic flaws in the tarmac can disrupt ground effect and throw car from the trajectory with terrible consequences.

    As for “pinnacle of motorsport”
    No other series are using ground effect to full force, so F1 will remain alone in that concept. Without same modification to the younger formulas new drivers will be unprepared completely.

    And another thing, why FIA is not listening drivers? Everyone is saying same thing “give us better tyres and leave us to race from start to finish”. Remember in early 2000ies we could often see how Kimi or Montoya raced from the last place to the podium just because tires were ok with that.

    1. Blakk The cars were much more ‘primitive’ shall we say in their design and relied on skirts to keep the air locked underneath and those were ineffective when they deflected over curbs etc. What we have been told of these new cars is that the ‘skirts’ shall we say are attached to the suspension so that they travel with the undulations of the car, and will do a much better job of keeping the air sealed in underneath.

      As to better tires, sure the drivers and all of us hope for that. But the problem is they have had better tires in the past but there were still processions. As long as cars are largely negatively affected in another’s dirty air the tires don’t help because the car in front in clean air is also on the better tires.

    2. Totally agree about the risks. And let’s not forget how often cars go over kerbs nowadays. I fear we’ll see a lot more cases of drivers losing control of the car with the new regulations.

  30. Hard to agree with a question, If I move the word “will” to make it a statement then I vote “I hope so”, however if they don’t change the tyres and the mandatory change from/to the sub optimal tyre choice then very little will be gained as the drivers will still need to nurse their tyres for at least half the race.

    1. @hohum I agree that poor tires may undermine the efforts they are aiming for with these cars to have them race closely, but would still say that even if the tires are sub optimal they may still not take nearly the beating they do while a driver is trailing another car, for being in less wake as well as being less sensitive to wake should make for far less movement of the front end of the trailing car, which currently affects the tires badly.

      As well I would think it would be safe to say by the very nature of the 18” rims, the new tires and the low profile of the tires and resultant dependence more on the suspension rather than the balloon tire flexing, will surely have to mean a very different feel for the drivers than now.

      1. @robbie, Ah yes, the 18″ rims will require some difference in compounds or their effective temperature range may never be achieved, Williams might win a race again.

  31. First we got “stage racing”, d.b.a. Sprint qualifying, and now we are getting the “Car of Tomorrow”, d.b.a. 2022 regulations. The “Lucky Dog”, Saturday evening concerts with Keith Urban, and fried chicken wing concessions can’t be far behind.

    1. Dirt at Monaco? Liberty really are turning it into Nascar.

  32. I voted slightly agree. I hope the new regulations work out and if the racing is better then I am happy to live development restrictions for now. I hope they can get rid of DRS in its current form.

    Of course the irony is that these new rules are being introduced just as the racing has become more close. The leading cars are closer this year than they have been for around 10 years.

    The rules may throw up some surprises but equally we could, in the short term, go back to one team domination. It’s a risk but I am optimistic and I hope it works well.

  33. Steve Milton
    25th July 2021, 22:22

    I love the idea of going back to the days of ground effects. I’ve been watching Formula 1 for 62 years. The old days of ground effect cars were the very best and it really doesn’t matter if they are slightly slower to begin with, they’ll catch up soon enough. I honestly believe that Red Bull will dominate the next era for at least at few seasons, simply because they have the greatest aerodynamicist that has ever lived, Mr. Adrian Newey. Ground effects are his passion.

    1. Well as a Max fan I hope you’re right, and I’m an AN fan too. I’m not sure domination is in anyone’s cards with the new chapter, at least in terms of massive car advantage, but that is not to say a certain driver who I am a fan of won’t dominate in terms of his racing ability. Championships will be harder fought and won in this new chapter imho.

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