After being postponed for a year, next season we will finally see the Formula 1 single-seaters born of the new technical regulation. The ground effect cars were strongly desired by the Federation in order to increase the show on the track and the close fights.
Obviously, most of the teams have decided this season to stop the development of the 2021 cars early in order to concentrate the entire available budget and all the resources on the ’22 project.
The opportunities offered by a regulatory revolution of this magnitude could upset the values we have been accustomed to for several years now and Fernando Alonso is of the same opinion. The two-time world champion, although he has not yet received any information on the Alpine that will participate in the next championship, said he was certain that the regulatory upheaval could hold some surprises.
“We are working on next year’s project, but we are still in an embryonic phase and no one knows the potential of the car because there is no comparison. We must be realistic and wait until February ”.
“I think we will see a lot of surprises when the cars are unveiled. We will see different ideas and design philosophies and we will have to be awake and reactive if there is an interesting solution ”.
Alonso then expressed doubts about the confirmation of the values in the field seen this season also in 2022. According to the Spaniard, it is not obvious that Mercedes and Red Bull will have a significant advantage over the rest of the competition next year.
“There is no guarantee about it. Probably even the top teams that are dominating the sport at the moment are worried about the new rules and how they will have to be interpreted to put a competitive car on the track ”.
“Obviously, those who manage to have an advantage at the beginning of the new technical cycle will be able to maintain it for the whole year, but 2022 will be very interesting because no one, neither the drivers nor the teams, is sure that they will be immediately competitive”.