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2022 F1 cars could match 2021 performance

In the round-up: Cars built to new technical regulations for the 2022 F1 season could equal the performance of last year’s chassis, despite previous predictions they would prove much slower.

In brief

F1 cars to regain lost performance during 2022

When F1’s technical rules changes for the coming season were first announced, one team principal estimated they would be significantly slower than the cars they are replacing, by up to seven seconds.

But with the first season featuring the drastically revised cars now just weeks away, the performance loss is now expected to be significantly lower. Pirelli’s head of motor sport Mario Isola believes the 2022 cars could match last year’s by the end of the season.

“We have simulations coming from the teams, simulations that are telling us that the new cars are not much slower compared to last year’s cars,” Isola explained. “At the beginning we were talking about more than three seconds per lap, now it’s half a second, one second.

“So if they start with only one second difference, it means that during the season they will probably achieve the same level of performance that we had in 2021. So I’m happy with the result of the test, especially because we confirmed what we have found during all the development process.”

‘New audio’ of Abu Dhabi GP row isn’t new

Wheatley also urged Masi to restart the Abu Dhabi GP

Footage from the final race of last season has been widely shared on social media by users claiming it reveals previously unheard radio communications from the controversial race. However although the footage, including audio of a discussion between FIA F1 race director Michael Masi and Red Bull sporting director Jonathan Wheatley, was not broadcast live during the race, it was published a few days after the contentious end to the championship.

In it, Wheatley is heard urging Masi to hasten the restart of the race, telling him: “Those lapped cars, you don’t need to let them go right the way round and catch up the back of the pack, you only need to let them go and then we’ve got a motor race on our hands.” Many sharing the video have drawn attention to the similarity between his choice of words and Masi’s later response to Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff following his vociferous complaint over the race’s conclusion: “Toto, it’s called a motor race.”

Envision to switch to Jaguar power

Formula E team Envision has confirmed it will switch to Jaguar power units when the series introduces its new ‘Gen3’ cars next year. The team currently uses Audi motors and will be the first customers for Jaguar, who finished second to Mercedes in last year’s championship.

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