Mercedes Technical Director James Allison says Mercedes’ ‘new regulations’ 2022 car has been in development for months.
Formula 1 was supposed to introduce a big technical regulations overhaul and a spending cap in 2021. Although the spending cap will be introduced as planned, the regulations change has been pushed back to 2022, due to the coronavirus crisis.
The rules don’t allow the teams to work on their 2022 aerodynamics until 2021, but Mercedes’ technical boss James Allison says this doesn’t prevent the team from developing other areas.
“The regulations forbid us to work on the aerodynamics of the 2022 car until the beginning of next year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t work on the 2022 project at all,” explained Allison in a Mercedes video.
“After all, the regulations have been published and there are plenty of challenges that are not aerodynamic in nature. We have been working on this for months and will continue to do so for the rest of this year.
“Once it is 2021, the most important challenge will be added: The aerodynamic program,” concluded the Briton.
So there you have it, Mercedes isn’t playing around. As if anybody ever thought they were :).