“The project we took on for 2022 was large, and it is a very broad upgrade across the different elements, to get every last bit of performance, efficiency and reliability. There are also some FIA-imposed measurements, particularly in the ERS system, that we had to accommodate as well,” Hywel notes.
With a complete redesign on the chassis, the close collaboration between the chassis team at Brackley and HPP at Brixworth has been fundamental in exploiting performance opportunities.
“The chassis team have been working very diligently and swiftly through the new regulations, so they can understand where the opportunities lie, and which areas are lap time sensitive. We make adjustments to the PU that allow the chassis team to best exploit the regulations. We might want to rearrange the installation slightly or change the PU layout to get more flexibility in those lap time sensitive areas,” added Hywel.
The regulated introduction of E10 fuel for 2022, mixing 10% ethanol with 90% fossil fuel, has also placed considerable demands on the engineering team at Brixworth, as F1 takes an important step towards its goal of 100% sustainable fuel from 2026.