Lewis Hamilton & Co. give their verdict on visibility issues with 2022 F1 cars

The new 2022 F1 Challengers are structurally quite different from their predecessors. The cars are equipped with much larger wheels and less visibility for drivers. Drivers like Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo have talked about it.

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The 2021 and 2022 cars are quite different. The new cars are quite unique and one of a kind. These new-era cars don’t have a different driving style but do have a steep learning curve according to Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel.

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F1 carried out the first pre-season tests of its season in Barcelona a week ago. The teams have given everything to collect as much data as possible during the three days of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Even though the top teams and pilots did their best to send data, most pilots pointed out the reduced visibility from the cockpit.

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Drivers like Sergio Perez, Fernando Alonso also spoke about the reduced visibility. The Spaniard claimed that the tire fins add more problems to him. Daniel Ricciardo further stated that the on-board camera gives the wrong image.

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, ​​Spain – February 23, 2022 McLaren’s Lando Norris during testing of the next-generation car REUTERS/Albert Gea

The reigning world champion also expressed his thoughts on the issue of visibility. Although the Dutchman agreed that it wouldn’t really be a problem on the open track, it can certainly be a problem on street circuits like Monaco or Jeddah.

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When Lewis Hamilton was asked about it, he joked about it. The seven-time world champion said:Then we’ll just put a cushion in the cockpit to sit a little higher.

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Apart from that, new cars encountered a unique and unexpected problem called “porpoising”. With this, the cars experience a ripple effect on the straights. The mechanics, however, are optimistic that the issues will be resolved before the cars reach pre-testing in Bahrain.

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, ​​Spain – February 23, 2022 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen during testing of the next-generation car. REUTERS/Albert Gea

F1 travels to Bahrain for its pre-season testing from March 10-12. The first Grand Prix of the season will follow from March 18 at the same location.

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