Ricciardo takes dig at 2022 regulations – “They look more like Formula 2 cars”

McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo took a dig at the 2022 cars, saying they have done away with the looks of years past. 

The new season is less than forty days away. With the 2022 regulations in force, the new cars will also look different when the season kicks off.

In keeping up with the new regs, the cars will be sleeker and will be designed with tweaked aerodynamic setups. They will boast features that allow for better overtaking and wheel-to-wheel action. 

However, Ricciardo took a dig at the 2022 cars, saying they look like lower-league cars than mad dragsters. 

“The cars will be so much lower,” he told Auto Motor und Sport.

“Obviously, the Formula 1 cars have looked like dragsters for years. They will now look more like Formula 2 cars with significantly lower tails.

“I think that will affect the road holding and handling on kerbs. I’m sure that will affect the balance. The feeling in the car should be completely different.”

Daniel Ricciardo in Abu Dhabi paddock. Abu Dhabi December 2021
Ricciardo (pictured) gave his take on the new cars. Source: planetf1.com

Hopes and optimism

“I really hope it will be a new era for Formula 1,” the Australian continued. 

“While last season was incredible, there are still circuits where it’s very difficult to follow and overtake. I hope that will be different with the new cars.

“In Formula 2, we see pretty exciting races. Of course, all cars are the same there. But I think some of the rules could help Formula 1 with its problem.

“I think we drivers are good enough to be there more or less straight away. As the season progresses, we will fine-tune ourselves in parallel with the development of the cars.

“Last year, in retrospect, it was quite difficult for me with only one and a half days in the car before the start of the season. With three days in the winter tests, it’s twice as many. Therefore, it should be fine,” he concluded. 

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