The FIA’s technical advisory group has reportedly revived plans to lower the weight limit of Formula 1 cars, sticking instead to the 2022 798kg limit.
Formula 1 car weight has increased enormously in a relatively short space of time with the 2013 cars limited to 642kg, 156kg less than the 2022 limit, but there were plans to lower the maximum weight which both car and driver can combine. weigh.
Following the regulation change for 2022, the cars went from 749kg to 798kg which was commented on by the drivers with world champion Max Verstappen saying the cars were ‘extremely heavy now’.
But as the Dutchman also stated, he hasn’t “seen a quick fix for this” and it appears the FIA has come to the same conclusion as it has canceled plans to lower the limit.
The FIA had aimed to reduce the 2kg limit, as revealed in the technical regulations published in June 2022, but Auto Motor und Sport is now reporting that the technical advisory group has decided to keep the current limit.
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Despite the introduction of carbon fiber as a major component, today’s F1 cars are much heavier than their predecessors.
The Ferrari 375 F1 used in the first sporting season in 1950 weighed only 560 kg, 238 kg less than the RB18.
But as the sport has evolved, technical innovations have seen weight increase. In 2014, following the introduction of turbo hybrid engines, the limit increased from 642kg to 691kg. Over the next few years, a ban on expensive but lightweight materials as well as improved safety measures and bigger tires meant that the limit eventually reached what it is today.
A notable change also came in 2019 when the FIA introduced a minimum driver weight of 80kg – good news for taller members of the paddock like the 1.85m George Russell. For those unable to reach the limit on their own, the deficit would be compensated for by the weight of the seat.
Many teams have struggled to get anywhere near the minimum weight limit for 2022 with Aston Martin the worst among them. At the start of the season, the AMR22 weighed 815kg, which increased by another 3kg during the Australian Grand Prix.
Red Bull also had weight issues with the RB18 measuring 810kg before an 8kg loss before the Imola race.