F1 plans show and tell sessions on car updates in 2022
As F1 enters its new era of rules in 2022, with all-new car regulations aimed at improving racing, the sport’s owner Liberty Media is also finalizing plans for a revised weekend format.
With the planned schedule compressing Friday afternoon workouts, that means Thursday’s usual media day is being dropped in an effort to cut events down to three days.
F1 chiefs are eager to make sure the changes don’t restrict media coverage, and Motorsport General Manager Ross Brawn has revealed he plans a single open session on Friday where teams will have to explain the adjustments to their cars.
The revised sporting regulations for next year already state that teams must declare a “benchmark specification” for each race weekend before opening practice, which must then be used from the last free practice.
With teams therefore having to declare new components to the FIA every weekend to comply with new technical control requirements, Liberty sees no reason why no technological development could be made public.
Speaking on Monday, Brawn said that a critical part of Friday morning in 2022 would be for teams to make staff and their cars available to perform updates.
“What we do on a Friday is a big session for you guys [the media] to take a look at the cars and talk to the staff, ”Brawn explained.
“We are pursuing initiatives to gain greater engagement and a better understanding of what is going on.
“So next year, on a Friday morning, the cars will be presented to you. The teams will explain the changes they have made for this weekend and they will report to the FIA the changes they have made.
“It will create another nuance and another interest in the sport, because the technical side of the sport is quite fascinating for a lot of fans.”
But while teams may be asked to explain their latest car updates, the nature of secrecy in F1 would make it unlikely that staff would be fully transparent about anything they’ve done for fear they would provide information. valuable to rival teams.
The 2022 Formula 1 car launch event on the Silverstone grid. Nicholas Latifi, Williams, George Russell, Williams, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Mick Schumacher, Haas F1, Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari, Lance Stroll, Aston Martin, Nikita Mazepin, Haas F1 and Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
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In addition to trying to offer more technical information next year, Brawn also said F1 plans to test new tire rules in a few races in 2022.
As F1 is committed to becoming more sustainable in the future, F1 wants to see if reducing the number of tire sets available would have a negative impact on the show.
F1’s sprint race test this year has shown the value of experiences, and Brawn is confident that looking at rule changes this way for tires could be a positive thing.
“We are all trying to improve our footprint, in many ways, and logistics and tire usage are part of that,” he said.
“We hope that in 2022 we will have weekends where we have a reduced number of tires available.
“We think we can do it without impacting the show. But, as you know in F1, there is always the possibility of unintended consequences.
“Tim Goss at the FIA in particular has been working very hard with Pirelli and the teams to come up with a proposal on how we could assess another way of using the tires over the weekend to reduce the quantities. quite promising.
“I think it’s something that we’ll do a few weekends during the season to assess it. If it works, then it’s something that we can adopt for the future, or we can l ‘adjust a bit and move on. “