All you need to know about F1's rules in 2022 | RacingNews365 (2023)

A new era of Formula 1 awaits in 2022, with huge revolution in the rulebook that sees the sport go through the biggest single-year changes since the 2008/2009 season.

The new-and-improved F1 will look very different, with the rules for car design being torn up and starting anew. Alongside that, there's also plenty of non-technical changes which aim to make F1 more unpredictable and more exciting.

Let's get up to speed on everything that's changing for F1 2022...

F1's new cars should improve the racing

As analysed previously, by far and away the biggest of the changes being made for 2022 is the major technical rules overhaul, meaning there's almost no carry-over of 2021 technology into the new season.

Years of research have gone into crafting the new designs, which fundamentally alter how the cars generate and use downforce.

While cars from 2021 and prior focused primarily on over-car airflow downforce generation, essentially pushing the cars into the ground, 2022's rules switch focus to generating grip via under-car airflow. This has the effect of sucking the car down onto the tarmac and significantly reducing the amount of disturbed air thrown up in a car's wake.

As a result, the downforce decrease for cars following closely behind should be reduced considerably.

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The technical rules governing how the cars are designed have been written with the intent of simplification in every area, including a very different looking rear wing, as well as introducing wheel covers for the first time since 2008.

DRS (Drag Reduction System) will remain in place, but there is the possibility it may eventually be designed out of the cars in future seasons if the new regulations work as planned.

F1 introduces an 'engine freeze'

The engine formula hasn't changed for 2022, with the teams still using a 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 with hybrid ancillaries.

What will change for this season is the introduction of an 'engine freeze', which will come into effect from 1 March 2022. After this date, research and development on the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) will effectively stop entirely until 2025 or 2026 (the exact date is yet to be confirmed).

The hybrid ancillaries are permitted one upgrade over the course of 2022, with the freeze for these parts coming into effect on 1 September 2022.

The freeze is aimed at stopping any performance-related development. However, some leniency will be given – specifically for those who are struggling with reliability through a design flaw.

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Manufacturers will be permitted to make changes, provided they meet very strict criteria. Having submitted an application to make a change, which is only permitted under the remits of reliability, safety or cost saving, the reasons for the request must be explained in detail.

The FIA will then consult with the other engine manufacturers to evaluate whether such a request is reasonable and based on an honest appraisal of the issue. It is after this process is carried out that the FIA will decide whether permission will be given to make the necessary change.

The aim of this is to significantly reduce costs for the next couple of years, in line with the tightening budget cap (more on that in a moment!).

New fuel comes into play

While the engine formula hasn't changed, the architecture of the engines still requires significant development before the freeze kicks in.

For 2022, F1 moves to a new 'E10' fuel – this referring to the ethanol content of the fuel. Last year, the ethanol content was 5.75 per cent. This year, it must be 10 per cent. This results in a huge engineering challenge for the manufacturers and the fuel suppliers as they work to make up for the horsepower loss of such a significant change.

ExxonMobil, fuel and lubricant supplier to Red Bull, have explained the challenges of the processes ahead of the engine freeze kicking in, as the freeze also applies to all fluids used in the engines.

A tightening budget cap

F1 introduced a budget cap for the 2021 season, with teams restricted to a maximum amount of expenditure over the course of the season.

For the first year of the cap, the ceiling was set at $145 million dollars – a generous level that meant plenty of leeway above the budgets of some of the smaller teams, while forcing bigger teams to more carefully plan out their spending. In some cases, this had the unfortunate side effect of lay-offs as the bigger teams tried to figure out ways to reduce their expenditure.

For 2022, the budget is tightened by a further $5 million, bringing it down to a total spend of $140 million.

For now, the budget cap doesn't include driver salaries, the salaries of the three highest-paid employees, or various asides such as a team's bonus structure for staff, operational running costs for employee comfort at the factory, and standard company departments such as HR, marketing and legal.

Put simply, the budget cap is in place to restrict teams from spending their way towards more on-track performance, without them having the ability to tighten the purse strings in all the wrong ways.

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Record number of F1 Grands Prix

F1 2022 is set to feature the busiest-ever calendar in the history of the sport.

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This year will see a record number of races held, starting with the Bahrain Grand Prix in March. Squeezing in 23 races in just eight months, the season ends in November with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

There's another new race joining the calendar this year, too. Miami will play host to its inaugural event, with the United States getting two races for 2022.

Returning races, which missed two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, include Australia, Canada, Singapore and Japan.

More pre-season test days

With the introduction of the new rules delayed, the 2021 season saw teams continue to use their 2020 cars for another year. As such, pre-season testing was cut to just three days.

Having had eight days of pre-season testing up until 2019, it was a significant chop of season preparation time – time that has been largely restored for 2022.

Given the huge rules shake-up for this year, the teams will be given a total of six pre-season test days. The first test takes place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and is officially being called a 'pre-season session', i.e. a shakedown to allow teams to iron out any niggles ahead of the official test in Bahrain.

The three days in Barcelona will be held from 23 to 25 February, with the three days at the Bahrain International Circuit being held from 10 to 12 March.

Sprint Qualifying races

The 2021 season saw the introduction of 'Sprint Qualifying', with three such events using the format as part of F1's experiment.

Bumping traditional qualifying to Friday, Sprint Qualifying is exactly the same as a Grand Prix in almost every way. The difference is that it is held on Saturday, there is no mandatory pit-stop, it is 30 minutes long and the finishing order sets the grid for the main Grand Prix.

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Despite receiving a lukewarm reception from fans, F1 has signalled intent to host six such races in 2022.

However, at the time of publishing, it is not confirmed that these Sprint Qualifying format events will actually go ahead – this being due to arguments amongst the teams with the FIA about raising the budget cap in order to accomodate the additional risks and costs of the races.


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  • Frozen developments of the engines. ...
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  • Safety car regulation.
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Will there be DRS in F1 2022? ›

Before the start of the season, F1 teams had discussed the option of getting rid of DRS should the new cars prove successful. But there are no signs from the FIA, from Formula 1 or the ten teams that there are plans to phase out the controversial system.

What are the rules of Formula 1? ›

Rules of Formula 1

Teams may use no more than four total drivers in races throughout the season. The race must last no longer than two hours unless there is a race suspension. In the case of a suspension, extra time equal to the length of the suspension is added to the maximum race time, up to a total of three hours.

How many cylinders does a F1 car have 2022? ›

Formula 1's current engine regulations dictate that each team must be powered by a four-stroke 1.6 litre V6 engine, which includes a turbocharger and hybrid electric ancillaries, and sees a maximum permitted RPM of 15,000.

Is it worth getting F1 2022? ›

Without a quality setup, it's still worth buying the official Formula 1 game of the 2022 season. F1 22 launched a few weeks ago, and we're really enjoying ourselves. Formula 1 isn't the most accessible sport, but with that bein said, is the official game playable without a racing wheel?

Is F1 2022 realistic? ›

It's not just that it's visually stunning and pleasingly realistic, it's also the official game for Formula One's esports world championship, which means there's a clear and tangible pathway between your bedroom and the headquarters of Red Bull Racing.

Why is DRS being removed? ›

DRS is there to help overtaking, so completely removing it will have an impact on the amount of overtakes that are seen during a race. Also, removing DRS will expose how well the F1 2022 regulation cars actually follow each other. There is also the cost to take into account as each team has a budget cap.

How many times can F1 use DRS? ›

Drivers can use the DRS as many times as they want in the assigned DRS activation zones if they pass through the detection zones less than one second behind the driver in front.

Why can't DRS be used all the time? ›

During the actual race, the DRS cannot be used anytime. “There are timing loops embedded in the tarmac and the system calculates the gap between all cars.

Can you bring food and drink to the F1? ›

The Silverstone F1 organizers allow you to take food and drink along, but with a handful of restrictions: No glass bottles and containers. Cooler boxes are limited to 21 US quarts (20 liters) capacity. No barbecues or fires.

Can drivers drink in F1? ›

Almost all Formula One drivers, can and do, drink when competing in a Grand Prix. They must drink to replenish the lost fluids in their bodies. Or else, with slower response times they risk a collision when racing. Drivers may even pass out due to extreme dehydration in hot conditions.

Can you ride in a Formula 1 car? ›

The answer is yes. Owing to some special organisers, a Formula 1 Grand Prix racing car driving experience with real F1 cars can be gained on some of the world's most famous circuits. For anyone who loves speed, the thrill of going behind the wheels of a Formula 1 car is unparalleled.

What is the most powerful F1 engine ever? ›

The most powerful F1 engine ever was the BMW M12, and reportedly produced well over 1,400 hp.

Why is there no V12 in F1? ›

Regulations reduced the engine capacity from 3.5-litres to 3-litres in 1995 but Ferrari gamely stuck to its guns, resulting in the 412T2: the last F1 car to ever use a V12 engine.

Why did F1 go from V12 to V6? ›

Formula One's shift to the V6 hybrid engine allowed them to become more environmentally conscious and remain relevant with eco-conscious F1 fans. What is this? In fact, the shift to the currently used V6 engine is a part of Formula One's push towards more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Can you play F1 22 without a wheel? ›

To answer the question in the title - no, you don't need a steering wheel to play F1 22. You can play using a controller pad, or, if you're on PC, a keyboard. We definitely wouldn't recommend the latter, but a controller isn't a bad option.

How do I get better at F1 2022? ›

Five 'F1 Manager 2022' tips to get fast, quick
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  2. Manage the practice sessions.
  3. Don't neglect pit crew ratings.
  4. Be aggressive at the start of races.
  5. Don't fret about fuel.
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Is F1 21 better than 22? ›

Compared to F1 2021, this year's game is an improvement unless you are very disappointed about the lack of a story mode in F1 22. However a number of the additions lend themselves to comparing F1 22 to other games, and when you do that then a lot of the shine is taken off of this year's F1 game.

Is F1 22 hard? ›

F1 22 is not the easiest racing game available – but, that doesn't mean it has to be hard. With these F1 22 beginner's tips, we're going to go over a handful of important things that you need to keep an eye out for when you're just starting out. This includes your car setup, the assists you use, and the racing itself.

How much slower is 2022 F1? ›

The 2022 Formula One cars were supposed to be three to five seconds slower than the 2021 cars, but it turns out that's not quite the case. The designers have already done a good job this year, as the top has stayed pretty close to last year's times.

Will the F1 2022 cars be faster in a straight line? ›

Formula 1's 2022 cars are going to be a "lot faster" on the straights this year, reckons Red Bull technical director Pierre Wache.

What happens if DRS gets stuck open? ›

The possibility of a DRS failure can lead to drivers being shown the black flag with an orange disc if their rear wings get stuck open. If this happens, a driver would be required to return to the pits to allow the flap to be manually shut by mechanics and then not used again if it could not be repaired.

Why DRS is not available in rain? ›

So, why cant DRS be used in the rain? Well, the sacrifice for that speed boost is that the rear end of the car basically removed around 30% of its downforce. This causes the centre of pressure to move forward and put more load on the front tyres.

Why is there no doctor in Australia? ›

During practice, many cars were also suffering from porpoising in this section of the track, including Mercedes and Ferrari. As a result, the decision has been made to remove this DRS zone, with the first detection point, previously located between Turns 6 and 7, moved to the approach to Turn 9.

Can the race leader use DRS? ›

This includes lapping backmarkers so even the race leader can get DRS. This limitation is so that DRS can offset the the dirty air penalty the following car gets when it gets too close to the defending car in the corners.

Can the car in front use DRS? ›

4) The DRS system can not be used by the driver in front to defend their position, unless they are within one second of a car in front of them.

How much speed does DRS add? ›

The FIA estimate the speed increase to be between 10–12 km/h (6.2–7.5 mph) by the end of the activation zone, while others, such as technical staff at, cite a much lower figure of 4–5 km/h (2.5–3.1 mph). When the DRS is deactivated or closed, it increases downforce, giving better cornering.

Why DRS is not allowed in first over? ›

A BCCI source said that "short-circuit" happened in one of the power supply outlets which was directly linked to the DRS system and hence it could not be set up initially. "The DRS system had to be reset after normalcy was restored and it became available after the first 10 balls," the source informed.

Why DRS is not available in 1st over? ›

“When you lose power, the generators come on automatically and that is how the coverage continues. But some machines need to reboot and that takes time and that is when DRS is unavailable.

Who first used DRS? ›

Sri Lanka match in 2008, and was officially launched by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 24 November 2009, during the first Test between New Zealand and Pakistan at the University Oval in Dunedin. It was first used in One Day Internationals (ODI) in January 2011 during England's tour of Australia.

Do I need ear plugs at F1? ›

Since the sound on the track is louder than at an average music festival, a high degree of protection is important. Is this the first time you will go to a motor race, or do you only go occasionally? We recommend the Alpine WorkSafe ear plugs. These have a high degree of protection of 23 decibels.

Can you bring a backpack to Formula 1? ›

At Formula 1 and MotoGP races:

Guests are prohibited from bringing the following items within the gates at The Circuit: Alcoholic beverages. Animals or pets (exception for service animals) Bags larger than 12x12x20 inches.

Should I wear ear plugs to F1? ›

Considering the extreme and prolonged volume that constant exposure to the racing course involves, it's not surprising that long time racers would need Formula 1 earplugs. These plugs are designed to protect ears from the permanent harm that constant exposure to the raceway can potentially cause.

Can F1 drivers listen to music? ›

F1 drivers do not listen to music during a race. While it is not banned in the official rules, it is not done by any driver. In a sport as intense as F1, music would only distract the drivers and prevent them from receiving important information from their team.

Can a F1 driver smoke? ›

As the drivers have their personal preferences, some smoked in private, whereas some were public in their approach. A few big names who smoked are the seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, James Hunt, Kimi Raikkonen, Jules Bianchi, and of course 2016 F1 World Champion Nico Rosberg and his father Keke Rosberg.

Why do F1 drivers remove the steering wheel? ›

F1 has evolved so much that every detail is designed to keep the racer as safe as possible. Getting in and out of an F1 car is really difficult due to the lack of space in the cockpit, hence when drivers get out they first take their steering wheels off and then jump out, as it is more comfortable.

Can an F1 car ride upside down? ›

“A modern Formula One car is capable of developing 3.5 g lateral cornering force (three and a half times its own weight) thanks to aerodynamic downforce. That means that, theoretically, at high speeds they could drive upside down.”

Can Formula 1 drivers wear glasses? ›

Formula 1 drivers can wear glasses. Most F1 drivers who need glasses choose to use contact lenses, but there are many drivers who have used glasses while racing. Some helmets are designed to accommodate glasses, and If they are designed well, it is not dangerous for F1 drivers to wear them.

Will an F1 car shock you? ›

There is a tiny LED light in an F1 car that turns green if it is safe to handle. If the light is not green, the car will potentially shock you if there is a fault with the ERS system. Drivers, team personnel and the trackside marshals also wear insulating gloves to protect them from any such cases.

What is the deadliest track in F1? ›

Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi

Still, the dangerous condition of this race track could pose a tough season finish for drivers. The competition heading to the season's final race will be very high. Drivers and their teams will only hope that some of the changes that have been done to the track will make racing easier.

Is F1 faster than V8? ›

V8 Supercars offer similar performance to the 2022 Formula One cars, and while they don't have the agility, they offer real brute power. The acceleration times are almost the same as Formula One cars, and the top speed is significantly faster, making the series so absorbing for the fans.

Why was Vietnam removed from F1? ›

The Grand Prix was removed from the 2021 calendar because of the arrest of Hanoi People's Committee Chairman Nguyễn Đức Chung on corruption charges unrelated to the Grand Prix.

Why did they remove V10 from F1? ›

First of all, FIA, the governing body, decided at one point, that 3.0L V10 engines were too strong and wasteful, so they decided to reduce them to 2.4 V8.

Why did they remove V10? ›

F1 implemented V8 regulations in 2006. The 2006 season saw all teams use V8 engines (aside from Toro Rosso, with their cars running V10s). The FIA decided that the V10 engines were too powerful and too wasteful. Moving to smaller engines would mean better fuel efficiency and better racing.

Why is Honda leaving F1? ›

Yet Honda was forced to walk away as planned to honour a decision made in haste, early in the COVID-19 pandemic, by a different CEO. In doing so, Honda threw away a chance to cement this as its new greatest era in F1.

Why did F1 ban turbo? ›

The previous turbo era ran from the introduction in 1977 of the first Renault turbo engine to 1988, the last season before turbos were banned because they were too powerful and dangerous, and too expensive.

Why is Ford no longer in F1? ›

They withdrew from F1 in 2004 because it cost too much money. Ford was once part of the F1 scene, though they have since moved on to racing events like the FIA World Endurance Championship, NASCAR, and Australia Supercars Championship because it's cheaper, they receive better publicity, and make a higher turnover.

What are the new rule changes in F1? ›

The FIA suggested four changes, and three of them are going ahead in full: the raising of the underfloor diffuser throat, applying more stringent lateral floor deflection tests, and introducing a more accurate sensor to help quantify aerodynamic oscillations and police them more effectively.

What are the new qualifying rules for F1? ›

For 2022, the driver who is fastest in the Friday qualifying session will be awarded 'pole position' for the record books. The drivers then move onto the Sprint on Sunday. Other than the length of the race, the key difference to the Grand Prix is that tyre changes and pit stops are not mandatory.

Will F1 2022 have a story mode? ›

As soon as you boot up F1 22 and head to the single-player menu, you'll notice that there's no story mode this year. No Braking Point 2.

Is F1 2022 different? ›

Formula 1 underwent a major makeover in the off-season, meaning that the 2022 landscape will look far different to that of 2021.

Why is ABS not allowed in F1? ›

ABS has been banned in F1 since 1994 for the sole reason of making drivers rely on more on skill rather than technology. To make races more interesting.

Why is jewellery not allowed in F1? ›

The wearing of jewellery during the competition can hinder both medical interventions as well as subsequent diagnosis and treatment should it be required following an accident,” new F1 race director Niels Wittich said.

How many tire changes are allowed in F1? ›

Competitors are allowed only a limited number of tyre sets during a race event: 13 dry, 4 intermediate, 3 wet. Each tyre must be marked with a unique identifier for tracking and scrutinising during a race event.

Can you fail to qualify F1? ›

To be eligible to start a grand prix, a driver must qualify within 107% of the time set in Q1 by the fastest car. Failure results in automatic exclusion. Stewards may subsequently allow a car to start if they believe a driver was prevented from setting a <107% time by special circumstances.

How many laps is sprint qualifying? ›

Sprint is once again 100 km (approx. 62 miles)—a third distance of a traditional Grand Prix—which at Imola means it will last 21 laps, or approximately 30 minutes. As per 2021, drivers will be allowed to use any of the three tire compounds for Sprint and they do not need to make a pit stop.

What happens if you fail to qualify F1? ›

So, what happens if you don't qualify in F1? If a driver doesn't qualify for an F1 race, the driver may be able to start the race from the pit lane, or they may be able to start the race from the back of the grid. There are still points for drivers who finish in the top 10 of a race, even if they didn't qualify.

Will F1 22 have breaking point? ›

In the F1 2022 game, the Breaking Point game mode will be replaced with a new game mode. Breaking Point was the single-player story mode in F1 2021. F1 LIFE should give players a better behind-the-scenes feeling about the life of a Formula 1 racer.

Can F1 22 play single-player? ›

There are only surface-level tweaks to this for F1 22 when compared to predecessors, but it remains the very best single-player campaign in all of racing games.

What is the fastest F1 car? ›

Of all of the racing cars that have graced F1, the Ferrari SF70H is one of the fastest and most iconic F1 cars of all time. So much so that it's a coveted prize by many athletes on and off the track!

When can DRS be used in F1? ›

Drivers can only activate DRS when they are in the designated activation zones and when they are within one second of a car in front in races – this includes backmarker traffic. In practice and qualifying, DRS use is unrestricted other than only being allowed in the designated zones.

Are F1 cars AWD? ›

AWD systems are illegal in Formula 1, as modern regulations for Formula 1 prohibit more than two driven wheels. For these reasons, F1 cars are not AWD and make excellent use of their RWD systems.


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