Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff thinks the 2022 Formula 1 car “looks pretty cool”, but also “pretty retro”, like “some of the stuff that Zak [Brown]’s got a garage full of”.
Formula 1 unveiled it 2022 new concept car, which is a radical departure from current cars, both in terms of looks, and in terms of performance.
Toto Wolff says the new cars will all look very similar, due to “tight” regulations.
“I think you will get very slight variations on a theme,” said the Austrian.
“The regulations are so tight now that the variance between the cars will really be quite minimal.
“The differences will no doubt be under the skin of the car, which is kind of a shame, that we are going down a route where the shape is so constrained and it will be the livery that will be the biggest differentiator between the cars.”
Wolff also thinks the new cars are “retro-looking”.
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“They are kind of retro-looking. It sort of looks like a ‘90s IndyCar, some of the stuff that Zak [Brown]’s got a garage full of.
“I think the car looks pretty cool, but it looks pretty retro,” concluded Wolff.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown is famous for his collection of old racing cars, which is what Toto is referring to. Brown agrees that there will be no big aesthetic differences between the cars in 2022.
“I don’t think [they will be] radically different because we are all playing within very confined rules so I’ve seen what ours looks like, it’s subtly different,” said the Briton.
“So what they showed is a pretty good representation if you’re going to be looking at the car from 50 feet away.
“Like all the Formula 1 cars, when you start looking into the detail you start to see all the differences. Obviously, I didn’t see the car live, only visuals of it.
“Hopefully, it is a better race car and it does what it is intended to do in terms of making racing closer,” concluded Brown, who had to miss the British Grand Prix and the new car presentation, due to contracting COVID-19.