Look Into F1’s 2022 New Ideas
2022 season marks a new shift for livery regulations, but many teams are still rolling out ideas from past cars.
There are many teams that have been in F1 for a while, and understand the importance of old concepts and how well they can function. Their relevance is safe enough to pass the guidelines for racing.
Here are some key areas of the cars where old ideas have been invested with a modern touch:
There has been an emergence of two new trends, especially for the front of the car. The height of the nose tip and the overall design is much more constrained this year than previous seasons.
- Teams have set about either raising the central portion of the wing, or having the option to droop down with a higher outboard section.
- Both of the designs have their own pros and cons as they set up the airflow’s passage under the nose and then downstream for the rest of the aerodynamic surfaces.
Some teams have ventured down similar paths in pursuit of performance and depending on what suits are prevailing regulation's.
A defining feature that has paved for future solutions is the high nose solution that originally found with the Tyrrell 019. While this element may differ from what has been presented this season, this solution has highlighted an importance of lifting the nose to provide more airflow down the car’s central-line.
As years go on, F1 teams from 30 years ago to now have shared one common element and it is this solution.
F1 teams, Aston Martin has selected the high nose solution and a lifted wing for their AMR22. The designers and engineers were looking to drive airflow to the car’s underfloor to increase the potential.
There are multiple solutions that contradict the rising of the nose. In 2022, each team is obviously seeking dissimilar designs that are unique to their parameters and limits.
Another old design is the side-pods.
This area of the livery has created an abundance amount of variety. From catering to internal packaging of radiators, to intercoolers, oil coolers and electronics housed within. Plus the aerodynamic effects.
Mercedes-AMG has gotten a lot of attention for their designs of the side-pods.
The Aston Martin livery was the first real challenger that has brought two unique past designs and developed them with modern technology.
The infamous high waisted side-pod first seen on the Toro Rosso Livery in 2009, was inspired by Ferrari’s F92A in 1992.
An exciting and new frontier area is an intense focus that teams will be looking for the best way to exploit, the floor.
Mercedes W13 has emerged with a possible solution, first experimented in 2021 with the W12. The ruffled or wavy floor edge design was slighty different from the W12 form. The flooring has an upturned scroll on the edge that had the waves cut into it. Plus, the engineers had added an extra slat that helped draw the airflow out.
What are some old designs or new areas that teams should focus on?