Speaking in Thursday’s press conference after the presentation, Alonso said: “I don’t think that there will be a big difference to what we see today. I think the regulations are quite strict, there is not maybe the freedom that we had in the past.
“Obviously there will be different philosophies for different teams. They will not look exactly the same as what we see today. But that will be for a expert eye. I think for the normal people it will look not too different to what we see today.”
Formula 1’s new rules for next year were first presented in 2019. Their introduction was postponed by a year to the 2022 season as a cost-saving measure after the pandemic began.
Alpine’s chassis director Pat Fry said the rules have been refined to reduce opportunities for teams to exploit ‘loopholes’ or unexpected opportunities to find more performance.
“There’s quite a few bits that are more vague and those bits you can interpret in a number of ways,” he said. “But the bulk of it, the wording is there for us to work on.
“There are a few things that are out there which I don’t think was in the FIA/FOM [spirit]. They look slightly different from what their original concepts were. I don’t think there are any gaping loopholes as such. And it is really, compared to what we had in the past, very heavily regulated.”
Understanding the meaning of the increasingly detailed new rules is a demanding task, Fry added. “Years ago you could read them and understand them. “Now you need to read them, then look at the CAD for an hour and then go back and read them again. It is more and more complicated.”
2022 F1 car design model
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