Williams 'George Russell said that the early phase of work in the simulator around Williams' car for next year shows that Formula 1 will be a "completely different story" under the new technical regulations.
Next year, F1 will introduce the biggest technical change since the introduction of V6 hybrid engines in 2014. It is a thorough reform of car design and its aerodynamic performance. These new cars should be a few seconds slower per lap than the current cars, but they should be better for racing, which would allow even better fighting on the track.
Russell said on Thursday that he was not "largely" involved in the development of Williams' car for 2022, but that he had done a little bit in the simulator and that it showed him how different the F1 would be next year.
"This is the initial phase, the construction of the foundations [for next year]. "From a driving perspective, you are constantly giving feedback on what you would like from the car for next year; and you base that on this year’s car."
"But this is a completely different story. Next year will, I think, be one of the biggest changes in the history of Formula 1." "At the moment, I guess it’s the same for all the teams, [everyone] is trying to figure it out and figure out where they can get as much performance as possible."
"But until we get on track for next year’s first test, no one will have a clue [about where they are in relation to the competition] ”.
Based on that work in the simulator, Russell's early assumptions were that the car "should definitely be better for racing."
Russell also hopes that the reduced amount of dirty air from the car in front will also help with the new 18-inch tires that Pirelli is preparing for next year. "I think it will help with the tires as well because then you have less dirty air, so the tires will probably overheat less.
"Obviously we also get 18-inch tires. Modeling all these things, massive aerodynamic changes, modeling these 18-inch tires, as it affects the dynamics of the car, at this stage, without a single lap on the track to be able to collect real data, is very difficult.
"I guess it all depends on how good the team connection is. I think if the team has a good correlation between CFD and the air tunnel, and then on the track, with something very drastic like this, I think they should be in a good position.
"They can then probably really trust their numbers, while on the other hand teams that can’t trust their numbers that much are likely to be a little behind." "This is such a big change. It's too early to say [anything]. "