How F1’s upcoming rule changes are presenting headaches for teams
Exciting as the Formula 1 title battle is right now, things are getting even more fraught behind the scenes. BEN EDWARDS looks at the difficult decisions being made as the teams pivot towards a new ruleset
The August break has been a crucial opportunity for F1 personnel to draw breath and recentre before it all goes bonkers again. For those heading to the tracks, we’re about to see an incredibly intense period of racing, with travel and jetlag becoming a huge factor in the decisive part of the 2021 season.
Back at base, the staff working in factories may avoid jetlag but the challenge of piecing together the all-new aspects of technical rule changes for 2022 is an ongoing maelstrom. Engineers have been flat-out since the first day of January, when the teams were allowed to begin windtunnel and computer studies of the all-new aerodynamic regulations, but it’s not only the aero departments that have been working to an accelerated level.
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