The McLaren F1 Team is expecting an “extremely high” development rate in the 2022 Formula 1 season as teams get used to the new technical regulations.
This year we will see an introduction of new technical regulations in Formula 1, which will drastically modify the aerodynamics of the cars in order to improve the racing on-track.
These big changes have prompted teams to focus on the development of their new cars through the 2021 season, although the fight for the championship between Red Bull and Mercedes made things difficult for those two teams.
McLaren’s technical director James Key believes the sport will see an “extremely high” rate of development as teams get used to the new rules.
“I think the development rates will be likely extremely high,” Key told Motorsport.com.
“I think with the nature of these regs it’s probably going to equal out a bit quicker than what we have now, simply because there are so many different ways of doing things on our car, there’s always a different and new solution and a new avenue to pursue.
“I think it will be a bit quicker with ’22 to begin with something that is a little bit closer, not necessarily in ’22, maybe by ’23 to be fair.
“But I think we’ve still got a lot to learn. Everyone’s got a lot to learn with ’22 cars. We’ve got to correlate them on track, we’ve got to see what everyone has done.
“There could be some real game-changers out there when you see other peoples’ cars. We’ve got to see how you perform against others and work out the strengths and weaknesses against our competitors. We’re all in the same boat in that respect.
“I think that will cause a lot of jumps in development and ideas as we progress in the first half of the season. And later in the year, that will coalesce into parts on the car.
“In terms of ’23, I suspect things will become more similar, because certain trends will have been identified by teams by then. Whether that means cars will look similar, it’s too early to say, but I think teams will certainly have a better idea of how to approach their ’23 cars than their ’22 cars.”