With F1 car launches in full swing this week and teams working diligently to polish off any last-minute changes to their 2022 challengers, some key information detailing how the new regulations have affected the new cars has emerged.
While Red Bull’s car launch left a lot to the imagination as it presented a show car instead of its new 2022 RB18, the Milton-Keynes-based team discussed some key technological changes and developments that have been made to their 2022 challenger.
The new 2022 regulations are intended to create more competition on track between the F1 teams. One of the most significant changes that have been incorporated into the new car is how the downforce is generated and the overall straight-line speed.
Red Bull technical director Pierre Wache explained these crucial modifications that were adopted into the new car.
"What they wanted to do is clearly to create and generate the downforce from the ground compared to before - where it was generated by the ground but also mainly by the front wing, rear wing and the body work,” Wache said in a video posted by the team.
"It will affect, for sure, the ride of the car, the mechanical grip and the drag of the car.
"This generation of downforce is quite efficient, and this type of car should be a lot quicker on the straight at these levels of downforce."
In terms of design, Chief engineer Paul Monaghan spoke about two new major aesthetics- the larger nose and the 18-inch tyres, highlighting their impact on the car’s overall aerodynamics.
"The nose box is certainly longer. So wherever you put your split for front of chassis into the structure at the front, that structure has got a lot longer, the overhang is greater,” Monaghan stated.
"[With the tyres] the thinking is road relevance, in that a majority of road cars now have relatively big wheels, but they also come with pretty low profile tyres.
"We've come up on the wheel size to 18 inches as a line in the sand. It's certainly put a bit of weight onto the car. The tyre is bigger overall, so it has a fairly significant aerodynamic effect.
"And then you've got the characteristics of the big tyre to try and understand as well. We've sort of got reasonable knowledge of last year's ones. It's a bit of a new drawing board for us, isn't it?"
Chief technical officer at Red Bull, Adrian Newey, expressed his views on the new 2022 regulations stating how significant the changes have been... believing they're the biggest since 1983.
"It's been a very unusual process," he said. "It is a huge regulation change, the biggest one we've had since 1983, when the Venturi cars were banned and flat-bottomed cars were introduced."
The fans and media will have to wait until March to see the RB18 on circuit in Bahrain.