F1 affirms commitment to 2022 technical rules after rumors of delay

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Formula 1 remains fully committed to introducing all new regulations next year, despite speculation the adjustments could be delayed until 2023.

The arrival of next-generation ground effect cars, designed to help improve racing, had already been postponed until 2022 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

But with the world still grappling with the effects of the disease, and much of Europe currently being stuck in strict lockdowns, there was talk of a potential change of plan.

The suggestion was that the current cars could be postponed for a third campaign, with new regulations expected to arrive in 2023.

But F1 has made it clear that there is no expectation of further delay in introducing the new rules, which have long been seen by Liberty as essential to improving the sport.

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A spokesperson said: “Any suggestion that the 2022 settlement will be delayed is false and has not been discussed.

“The new regulations are designed to improve competition on the track and give our fans closer racing. This, combined with the new financial regulations, will improve F1 and create a healthier and stronger business model for the whole sport. . “

The initial delay of 2021 was more than justified by the scale of the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic when it first erupted, with F1 fearing that some teams might collapse as a result of the crisis.

However, F1’s success in achieving a full 2020 schedule has allayed concerns about the survival of all current competitors.

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As early as last year, a number of teams had talked about pushing back the new rules until 2023 in an effort to cut costs, but this was strongly rejected by F1 motorsport general manager Ross Brawn.

He argued that since the new generation of cars is less technically complex than current cars, it would actually save money once the switchover is done.

Speaking in 2020 about some outfits wanting to be late, Brawn said, “I think some teams have pushed to delay them for another year.

“I think there is a justified need to wear these [current] cars by next year because we’re in the middle of the [lockdown]. It is completely justified.

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“The initiatives we are bringing with these new regulations aim to make the sport more economically viable in terms of complexity, where the money is spent.

“With the cars we have now they are so complex that the more you spend the faster you will go and we need to stabilize that slope and create a situation where money is not the only priority in your competitiveness. be. Therefore, we need these new cars to even out that slope. “

Although F1 teams will experience increased costs due to the need to develop 2022 cars alongside their current rivals, imposing a budget cap for this year means spending cannot get out of hand.

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