FIA’s head of single seater technical matters, Nikolas Tombazis, has admitted to finding a “few surprises” when inspecting the new-look F1 cars for the 2022 season. The first race of the new season is little over a month away now with F1 drivers beginning to get a feel for their new cars.
Fresh regulations in place for the new season are expected to shake things up on the grid with a complete revamp on the aerodynamics of the cars.
Mercedes and Red Bull will be hoping that they can continue fighting at the front, but those battling in the middle of the pack are also hoping to join them.
Car launches this month have given fans their first glimpse of the new-look cars with drivers also noting a lack of visibility caused by the much larger 18-inch tyres.
There have been subtle differences noticed on each car so far too with Williams sporting a more domed nose at the front of their car to others.
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All F1 teams will be looking to find an edge over their rivals for the start of the season.
Over the years, teams have found a way of bending the rules when new regulations are brought in.
Back in 2009, it was Brawn GP who introduced the now infamous double diffuser which helped Jenson Button win his maiden World Championship.
The FIA will be keeping a watchful eye on all cars before the start of the season to catch anything which could cause disruption.
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Tombazis notes nothing like the controversial double diffuser has been spotted on cars so far launched, but he has been caught by surprise by some designs.
“We have seen a few surprises here and there,” said Tombazis.
“Some areas where cars are a bit more different between them than what we expected and where engineers have applied their innovative skills to come up with a solution.
“I think you will see a lot more differentiation than maybe you were expecting to start with.
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“I wouldn’t say there’s been any massive alarm bells so far. It’s been relatively mild – still within what we think is a completely fair interpretation of the rules.
“We haven’t seen anything equivalent to a double diffuser or anything like that!”