Otmar Szafnauer thinks that the next year’s F1 car could be from 0.5 to 2 seconds slower than the current machinery depending on the track.


  • 2022 will see the release of the newest F1 cars, which are aimed to reduce downforce levels and improve racing capabilities.
  • Downforce has been a major focus for teams when looking for ways to improve their cars. Thus, the reduction of downforce will likely result in a slower package overall.

What he had to say:

  • “It’s going to be track-dependent. I think at some of the tracks we’ll be on par with this year and other tracks we will be slower. But my five-to-seven second estimate at the time was before we delved deep into our development program,” Szafnauer told RaceFans.
  • “I think we’re going to be a lot closer – even on the tracks where it’s going to be slower – to this year, than five to seven seconds. It might be at some places a half a second difference, and other places one-to-two seconds.”

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