For 2022, F1 switched to an entirely new car concept, led by ground effect aerodynamics, redesigned bodies, and larger tires, while maintaining the exceptional efficiency of the 1.6-litre turbo-hybrid engines.
One of the main objectives was to bring about closer racing and boost opportunities for overtaking, and Ferrari driver Sainz, who won his first pole position and race this year, highlighted that he had met these goals.
At its best, Formula 1 is a centre for developing technology in the automotive sector. Since the 1950s, single-seater cars have been developing and perfecting technologies like disc brakes, energy recovery systems, active suspension, better tires, and better safety equipment. Even the aerodynamic studies conducted for F1 and other motorsports impact how our daily cars are built.
A Formula One race’s opening lap is typically the most thrilling part of the race. More than anywhere else, passing, crashing, and heart-pounding wheel-to-wheel action occur before the pack’s hierarchy is established.
The beginning itself has sometimes been less exciting. Additionally, Formula One is making changes to increase competition.
Since a few years ago, F1 drivers have practiced starts during the formation lap, which serves as a quick warmup to inspect the cars for safety problems and heat their tires before the race starts. The objective was to find the ideal “bite point,” where the clutch plates first make contact, and the engine starts to rotate the wheels.
It will get off to a bad start if the wheels spin too much. If there is not enough, the engine will bog down, giving a poor start.
The computers in the car and the drivers’ race engineer assisted in locating and setting the bite point. The governing body of Formula One (F1), the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), believes this has made a start to routine. However, it minimizes driver expertise at a critical time.
Drivers must now calculate the ideal clutch bite point and manually set it starting this weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix.
The objective is to make things a little more traditional and unpredictable by adding some variability to the race start and raising the level of competition. Getting off to a strong start can determine the course of the race because once the cars move, passing opportunities can become scarce. Drivers will be anxious to make the right decision.
This is the FIA’s most recent attempt to prioritize driver skill over computer power. However, the amount of car-related information that pit crews can radio to drivers has been restricted since last season due to a change in the rules.
Given the number of individuals who watched Formula 1 on TV in the previous 12 months, 445 million people can claim to be fans of the sport. During 2021, up to 2.69 million fans physically attended races.
In other words, Formula 1 is not a niche sport. Therefore, it may be challenging to attempt a more thorough description of its demographic, but there are ways we can find out more.
The average age of a Formula 1 fan is 32, which is still relatively young. Still, this number has been declining recently as the sport has targeted Gen Z. Four out of ten men between the ages of 18 and 29 (43%) have traded, so Formula 1 is aware that many younger people are watching them.
Even though men dominate Formula 1 as a sport, more women participate. From 10% to 18.3%, the female demographic’s share of all viewers increased by a healthy 2% annually, more than doubling in just four years. However, the potential height of this is unknowable.
Formula 1 had all the ingredients for online success. It is thrilling, has stars easily parodied, and has a rich history to draw from. However, kindling alone cannot start a fire; a spark is required. Drive to Survive on Netflix ignited that spark.
In 2019, the Drive to Survive series debuted. Netflix and Formula 1 are working together to capture the behind-the-scenes drama of the sport. Following the start of this series, ESPN’s Formula 1 viewing figures increased dramatically by an astounding 55%, from 547,722 audiences in 2019 to 934,000 viewers in 2021. That kind of change cannot even be attributed to the pandemic because it is night and day.
Formula 1 has all the ingredients to become an incredibly well-liked sport. It’s thrilling, risky, and has celebrities who can draw attention to it. The Netflix series Drive to Survive, however, was what helped bring Formula 1 into the public eye.
In recent years, this outdated sport has been revived and re-imagined, showing no signs of slowing down. The stars are young, sponsorship dollars are pouring in, and the sport is addressing its long-standing issue of being predominately white and male.
Being in this situation is beneficial. It is interesting to see what will occur in Formula 1 this year. Will the median age continue to decline as more Gen-Zers join the market? Will the number of female viewers keep growing?
With brand-new car designs resulting from radical new regulations intended to enhance the racing spectacle, Formula 1 enters a new era this season.
The cars should be able to race closer to one another with the possibility of more passing on the track thanks to several features, including a focus on the ground effect, 18-inch tyres, and a redesigned front wing and nose.
There is also the puzzling circumstance of Haas, who finished 2021 pointless. Now things may appear hopeless for the American team, but remember that they chose to put this season’s competition as their primary priority rather than continuing to work on their 2021 vehicle.
Furthermore, watching Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin’s development will be fascinating as they begin their second season.
The 23 circuits on the tentative calendar, including Zandvoort, Jeddah, and Imola, are all set up to give us an exciting race if 2021 taught anything.