Formula 1’s teams remain divided regarding when they will switch their focus to 2023.
With the sport’s mandatory summer shutdown fast approaching, teams have already stopped developing this year’s car to focus on next year, with McLaren announcing this week that they will stop bringing upgrades for their MCL36.
McLaren’s opponents for fourth in the constructor’s championship Alpine plan to switch to 2023 as well, but unlike McLaren, they will continue to develop upgrades until they start to feel comfortable in fourth, according to the team principal Otmar Szafnauer in this morning FIA press conference which Motorlat attended.
“We’re in a battle for hopefully fourth; we’re not that far away from fourth and were not that far from sixth in the championship, and we’ve got to do everything we can to give us the best chance of finishing fourth in the championship, so we’re going to keep developing until were comfortable. But at the same time, we can’t do it at the expense of next year, so it’s about this time that we’ll be switching to 2023.”
Red Bull’s team principal, Christian Horner, believes that next year’s cars will be very similar to their current counterparts due to a combination of stable regulations and the constraints of the budget cap.
“The constraints of the budget cap largely dictate what we can do this year, but with stable regulations, whatever you learn this year is permanent and relevant to next year. Last year, for example, was way more complex where you’ve got a totally clean sheet of paper with not a single carryover component on the car. I think next year, you might see more (of a)transitional effect.”
Williams’s Jost Capito agreed with Horner stating that their 2023 challenger will also be a continuation of their 22 car.
“It’s not like flicking a switch and going from black to white; it’s a continuous takeover from this year’s car to next year’s car for us at least; I think we still have to learn from this year's car.”