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How F1 launch season heightened anticipation for racing

When the flag drops, you know what stops... And it's about time, says Stuart Codling.

We’re at the beginning of the end of one set of technical regulations – but seldom has there been so much at stake, and so much secrecy, in the early phases of a season which represents the off-ramp for an entire technical philosophy. The 2022 Formula 1 campaign may be The Great Reset but there’s plenty of intrigue right now.

The changes to the cars for this season may seem inconsequential on the face of it – a trim around the floor area the most obvious visual change – but they amount to a heap of lost downforce which requires teams to innovate to recoup that loss. Inevitably some ideas will prove more effective than others, and the less successful teams will rush to copy those better executions.

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