After the request received by the FIA from nine of the ten Formula 1 teams, the FIA has decided on a small increase in the minimum weight of the single-seaters, allowing only a deviation of 3 kilograms from the initial 795 kg. A compromise was found that will force the teams to start a campaign to lighten the cars.
The difficult issue regarding the minimum weight that will be imposed on Formula 1 2022 has been defined. According to information gathered by Motorsport.com, an increase of 3 kilograms has been deliberated in addition to the 795 provided by the original technical regulations, a decision in line with the position taken by the FIA following requests received from several teams during the Barcelona tests (F1 Alleged car weights in Barcelona Test: Alfa Romeo 795kg, McLaren 798kg, Mercedes 799kg, Ferrari 801kg, Red Bull 805kg).
The decision will be made official in Bahrain, but everything seems to have been defined in detail.
Several teams had pointed out the difficulties in staying within the 795kg limit, requesting a substantial increase (there was even talk of 10 and 15kg) in order to keep the cars within the limits.
Discussions continued due to the position of the FIA, which was not inclined to grant an increase in weight due to the philosophy of the budget cap regulation, and in the end a compromise was reached that did not deviate much from the Federation’s guidelines.
The 3 kilograms granted were motivated as follows: 1 kilo due to the weight of the 4 tires/wheels, which was heavier than that foreseen by the initial prototypes, 1 kilo for the wheel covers (not initially included in the weight calculation) and 1 kilo for the reinforcements requested by the car floor after some problems emerged in Montmelò.
The compromise has remedied some problems that the FIA has recognized, but the Federation has actually rejected requests that it did not consider justified by unforeseen circumstances. The fact that the technical regulations have been available for two years did not justify a last minute request on such a delicate issue as weight. Especially since the FIA did not like the idea of breaking through the 800 kg wall. The eight kilograms would not have seemed like a good move for Formula 1.