Race start time | Singapore GP F1 2022
Race schedule | MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT GP 2022
F1 2022 Singapore GP: MARINA BAY STREET CIRCUIT
Technical Directive 039, Tombazis: “Almost everyone has stiffened the bottom”
The technical directive passed in August held ground in the discussions in the paddock during the hat-trick of races at Spa, Zandvoort and Monza. In the summer, the World Motorsport Council ratified the TD039, thus introducing the monitoring by the FIA of the amplitude of the vertical oscillations of the cars due to aerodynamic rebound, with the obligation to limit porpoising within threshold values. At the same time, checks were strengthened to verify compliance with the regulations on wear in the race of the plank, the flat axis that runs longitudinally under the car floor. For teams that would have found themselves out of standard, the main tools available were to strengthen the plank, raise the height from the ground and stiffen the suspension to reduce crushing to the ground, at the risk of suffering a loss in aerodynamic and mechanical performance.
On the occasion of the Dutch Grand Prix, FIA Technical Director Nikolas Tombazis was interviewed by Tech Talk, the technical in-depth program produced by Formula 1, revealing how the technical directive did not leave the teams indifferent:
“Most of the teams have had to make changes. We asked them to provide us with an overall and detailed view of the car, while we have verified and will check the actual correlation between the real cars and what they have declared. Essentially now all the funds must be more rigid in the lower part, to have a more balanced grid among all the participants. In this perspective, I think the teams have been quite collaborative ”.
“When we spoke to all the teams, with whom we meet almost monthly, it was not highlighted as a priority issue. After the first races, however, we saw that not all of them behaved in the same way and so it was necessary to homogenize this aspect ”. The FIA Technical Director also stressed the importance of plank flexibility on performance: “This year the cars touch the ground much more and the way they are designed in the plank area, its flexibility has become more important than in the past. Before it was just something with which you could gain a couple of millimeters in height, but now it can have a lot of influence on the behavior of the car and on the driver’s perceptions. One aspect of what we are doing is making this feature fairer among the teams ”.
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THE TYRES ON TRACK
RACE START TIME SCHEDULE – F1 SINGAPORE GP (UTC+1)
Friday 30th September:
- Free Practice 1 12:00-13:00
- Free Practisice 2 15:00-16:00
Saturday 1st October:
- Free Practisice 3 12:00-13:00
- Qualifying 15:00-16:00
Sunday 2nd October:
- Race 14:00-16:00
Official: Latifi will not be confirmed in Williams in 2023
Nicholas Latifi will not be confirmed by Williams for 2023. Through an official note, the Grove team has already announced that the seat alongside Alexander Albon is free for the drivers market. The Canadian driver on his social accounts accompanied the official note of the Grove team with posts on the end of the collaboration with Williams at the end of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Latifi made his Formula 1 debut with Williams at the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix and has so far started 55 Grands Prix, scoring 7 points in the championship, the first to arrive in Hungary in 2021. The 1995-born driver does not he certainly left his mark for now in F1 with the exception of the Abu Dhabi episode which saw him unintentionally unleash a chain reaction that led to the title Max Verstappen. Certainly in the wet he was often able to demonstrate a certain sensitivity in the rain. Below are the words of the Canadian and team principal Jost Capito to establish the separation between Latifi and Williams at the end of 2022.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of Williams Racing – all the people who work in the factory and those I work with on the track – for the last three years we have spent together. My F1 debut was postponed due to the pandemic, but in the end we left in Austria and, even if we didn’t get the results together we were hoping for, it was still a fantastic journey. Getting my first points in Hungary last year was a moment I will never forget and I will move on to the next chapter of my career with a special reminder of my time with this glorious team. I know that none of us will stop working hard until the end of the season ”.
So, I’m parting ways with @WilliamsRacing at the end of the year.
Honoured to have represented them for the last 3 years. A massive thanks to the whole team – it’s been an incredible journey and I’ve enjoyed every second of it.
Determined to end 2022 positively. 6 races left! pic.twitter.com/gN5xWsUUH2
— Nicholas Latifi (@NicholasLatifi) September 23, 2022