Former driver backs Red Bull to nail 2022 regulations – “They will be the team that gets closest”

Red Bull has been backed as the favourites to nail the 2022 regulations and marked as the team to beat.

2022 will see new regulations introduced into the sport. There will be changes made to the aerodynamic rules, meaning cars will be able to do wheel-to-wheel-racing and overtaking more often and with greater ease.

As a result, it was predicted that there would be very intense and close racing in the upcoming season. The midfield and the rear end will be able to take the fight to the top teams, at least on paper.

However, Red Bull have been backed as the favourites to nail the 2022 regulations by a former driver in Stefan Johansson.

“Had the rules remained the same for next season, I think the grid would be even tighter,” the 65-year-old Swede wrote in his blog, as quoted by Planet F1.

“I keep saying it but the easiest way to even up the field and get close racing is rules stability. Eventually the smaller, less well-resourced teams will catch up. We’ve seen that many times over the years.

“But as soon as the rules change, you’ll have one, maybe two teams that have the resources and talent to get it right out of the gate. The rest spend the next three years catching up again.

Max Verstappen leads Lewis Hamilton at Interlagos. Sao Paulo November 2021.
Red Bull and Mercedes were the top dogs in 2021. Source: planetf1.com

“I’m worried we will have the same scenario again. My gut tells me that with the drastic changes in aerodynamics for next season, Red Bull will probably be the team that gets closest to where it needs to be the fastest.”

Uncertainty

“When Ferrari turn up with the fastest car and smash us out of the park at the first race then you’ll have to say it probably did (compromise us),” Red Bull team principal Christian Horner had said regarding the new regulations towards the end of last season.

“But I think we’ve all known big regulation changes are coming for 2022 and we’ve applied our resource accordingly.

“We will only see when we come back with completely new cars. They look different, they will feel different, they will drive differently – and who’s got it right, who’s got it wrong? It all starts again.”

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