F1 expert Gary Anderson analysed the changes made to the F1 front wings for 2022, saying they have been made easier and more functional.
2022 will see new regulations implemented in an attempt to shake up the sport. There have been plenty of talking points, but one drawback that has been pointed out was the amount of control teams have over experimenting with their cars.
The new framework will be put to the test in the upcoming season. The cars and the teams will approach the season very differently to how they did 2021, with the idea being that competition will be closer than ever.
With regard to one major component of the new season’s car, Anderson analysed the changes made to the F1 front wings, saying simplicity was the driving principle behind them.
In his column for the Race, Anderson wrote, “The front wing is by definition a critical part of a Formula 1 car’s overall aerodynamic flow structure because it’s the first thing the airflow sees. It therefore impacts the airflow underneath and even around the car.
“For 2022, the front wings have been simplified – or at least that is what the rulemakers have tried to do. This comes in an attempt to make the following cars less sensitive to the turbulence of the leading car.”
“The front wing must sit within a stipulated reference volume. The front wing assembly, including the endplates, runs to the full width of the car – 1000mm each side of the centreline,” he continued.
“A maximum of four elements are permitted, down from five last year. All must attach directly to the nose, but I’ll be interested to see how designers interpret what ‘attach’ actually means.
“The mainplane of the front wing is also a single flat plane. The FIA-mandated neutral central section used from 2009-2021 is eliminated and therefore so too is the famous Y250 vortex – named because it was generated 250mm either side of the centreline of the car.
“I can’t wait to see what 1000-plus design engineers can come up with for this area. I’m pretty sure there will be a few interpretations that the boffins at F1 weren’t expecting when they wrote the regulations,” he concluded.