Formula 1 is collaborating with FIA on research studying racing in wet conditions. In the 2021 season, racing in wet weather has often been challenging for teams and drivers. Now, F1 is tackling this issue.
Most importantly, the research directly responds to the Belgium GP. F1 delayed the race in Spa for hours because of the heavy rain. Ultimately, the race lasted two laps, being officially the shortest race in F1 history.
“In terms of rain there’s been some quite interesting work starting to be done now on the spray and the visibility. Pat Symonds and some of the FIA people spoke to some of the drivers in the last couple of races about their experiences at Spa.”
“Fernando [Alonso] was quite interesting because he said that the ability to race in the rain is much better in a sportscar than it is in an F1 car.”
“In some aspects you’d think it might be quite challenging, with a windscreen and the wipers and all the rest of it, but he said the way the spray comes off the car is different.”Ross Brawn
Wet weather in Belgium GP plays a crucial role
Of course, Formula 1 doesn’t want a repeat of the Belgium Grand Prix. The event was the lowest point of the season, leaving fans in attendance disappointed, and Fernando Alonso was very critical about it. Ahead of the upcoming 2022 season, Ross Brawn discovered that F1 thoroughly investigates how the new cars will work in wet weather.
“We’re going to study the spray of the new cars. We have some thoughts that it might be a little bit improved. But it’s definitely something we’re going to look, to see how we change things.”Ross Brawn
F1 can’t fix the issue of aquaplaning in wet racing. However, F1 understands that improved visibility in rain conditions will make driving easier. Therefore, we’ll have to see which innovations F1 introduces.