The cars of many teams this year suffer from a little overweight, which inevitably affects the speed. Red Bull Racing has taken drastic measures and created a new lightweight monocoque that has yet to pass all the mandatory FIA crash tests.
The new generation cars weigh 46 kg more than their predecessors, mainly due to more stringent safety requirements, but the tires and wheels are also noticeably heavier. The minimum weight of cars in 2022 is set at 798 kg, but at the beginning of the season, nine out of ten teams had heavier cars.
According to Auto Motor und Sport, only the Alfa Romeo C42 weighed less than this limit, and the Swiss team had to apply ballast. All other teams were trying to reduce the weight of cars in one way or another – for example, Aston Martin and Williams succeeded when they switched to updated chassis versions.
According to rumors discussed in the Hungaroring paddock, the Mercedes car exceeds the minimum level by 8 kg, Red Bull by 7, Haas and McLaren by 3, Alpine by two. Nothing is known about the Ferrari and AlphaTauri chassis.
But Red Bull believes that the Ferrari F1-75 is pretty close to the minimum weight limit, and believe that only due to this it is faster by 0.2-0.3 seconds per lap. Therefore, Milton Keynes decided, regardless of cost, to build a lightweight version of the monocoque. But the project is associated not only with additional expenditures of manpower and resources: this chassis has yet to pass the full range of mandatory FIA crash tests, as well as withstand all tests of static loads.
According to the German edition, another team is preparing for such tests, and this is not Mercedes.
“It would be too expensive, and not only because of the crash tests. Three new chassis would have to be built, which would have cost an extra two million, ”an unnamed employee of the Brackley team explained.
With such a high additional cost, it will indeed be difficult for Red Bull Racing to meet the budget limit, and it is not surprising that the leaders of this team from the very beginning of the season spoke about the need to increase this limit, citing high inflation rates. As a result, the FIA made certain concessions, especially since many teams insisted on this.
Source: Формула 1 на F1News.ru by www.f1news.ru.
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