Mercedes says 2022 rules made F1 “more predictable” than in 2021

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Mercedes’ Trackside Engineering Director Andrew Shovlin says the new Formula 1 rules are “a small step in the right direction”, but the ‘big change’ did not happen.

Formula 1 introduced completely new technical regulations in 2022, hoping that it will help close up the field.

However, with Red Bull dominating most races so far, and Max Verstappen almost already crowned the champion, the season has been considerably less exciting than last year.

Mercedes’ Andrew Shovlin says the changes F1 made are positive, but are yet to produce closer competition.

“The following is a little bit easier,” the Briton said.

“There’s some circuits where, historically, you had very little overtaking, like Budapest. And the race there was a bit more interesting.

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“You’ve also got the effect that, when you bring in new rules, and when they’re completely new, like this set, it does sort of reset the competitive order.

“We haven’t quite got the close racing now, it looks like Red Bull have emerged as a clear front- runner.

“So, the races are a bit more predictable than they were, perhaps at the back end of last year. But it’s a small step in the right direction and an awful lot of change to get there.

“And maybe the big one that we’d hoped for, that I don’t think we’ve seen, is the field closing up.

“You know, it’s still a broadly similar order of teams front to back,” Shovlin concluded.

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