The big change that should have taken place in this 2021 F1 season has been postponed to 2022, a year that should represent a turning point for the system of the Circus.
This massive regulatory change, however, comes after some years of “stagnation” that has brought far from positive results.
Formula 1 has suffered from a very mild standardization in recent years, the consequence of the dominance of just one team, which, in a sport based on competition and “spectacle”, is never a good thing.
Speaking of the 2022 regulations, there are several areas that deserve to be mentioned: the technical changes, which will be introduced to guarantee more exciting races, the total change in the appearance of the cars, the new 18” tyres that will be adopted with related modifications to the tyre components [...]
There is no doubt that all these innovations represent one of the strongest changes that Formula 1 has ever undergone, even if there is no lack of skepticism.
Fernando Alonso, veteran of the sport, who has seen several changes in F1, finds it critical the fact that F1 is trying to focus more on leveling the performance gap so the best drivers can show their strengths.
"What we have to address, and probably next year is the first step, is the difference between cars," - explained the Alpine driver - "Now, if you are lucky enough that you drive a competitive car, your only fight is with your teammate, not with another team, and you will finish on the podium in 95 percent of the races you do in the year."
"It doesn't matter if you're 19 and it's your rookie season, or if you're 45 and you're the oldest one. You will be 95 percent on the podium.
"And that's maybe something that we need to address as a sport. We need it to be a little bit more open for anyone to have inspiration one day that they can fight for podiums. At the moment this is not possible," he added.
As an experienced driver, who grew up driving in different eras, and who was also able to experience the hybrid era, he made it clear that the skills needed to become a good Formula 1 driver and compete to the maximum level should not be underestimated:
"You learn so many things on the journey, on how to deal with different situations in Formula 1," the 2 times World Champion stated.
"When you get into the sport you see that there are some big differences compared to any other junior categories. For three or four years you keep learning about the system and how everything works.
"And after that you start the next step, which is probably learning how to maximize the potential of the car.
"It's not any more driving at the maximum, as you normally did in go-karts or junior categories: here you have to deal with different problems and different scenarios in the race: tyre degradation, strategy, you know, things that you have to keep nailing every weekend.
"Eventually you get to a point that you're better and better every race and every time you jump in the car, because you learn more things about the car and how the team is helping you to develop your driving style, specifically for that year and for that tyre and for that aero configuration.
"Then, the following year, everything resets again, and you have to relearn a couple of things. So you're constantly improving as a driver," he concluded.