F1 calls off planned car weight reduction

A push to slightly reduce the weight of Formula 1 cars this year has been scrapped. Drivers, team officials and fans have often lamented the steady and dramatic rise in the cars’ weight over the years. Indeed, in the last ten years, the weight has increased from 642kg to a whopping 798kg in 2022 – some 156kg. “The weight of the cars is extremely heavy now,” said world champion Max Verstappen, “which I think is not great. In the technical regulations published in late June last year, the new minimum weight was listed at 796kg – a minor 2kg trim. Others, meanwhile, argued for an increase by 1kg to the 2022 car-plus-driver weight, taking it up to 799kg.

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