Former McLaren tech chief to work on 2022 rules

Date published: January 18 2021

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The FIA has brought in former McLaren chief technical officer Tim Goss to focus on the new regulations coming from 2022.

Initially the new sporting, financial and technical regulations were going to be introduced for 2021, but due to the financial implications of the pandemic, the new cars were pushed back to 2022, with only the budget cap coming in as planned for the upcoming season.

The redesigned cars from 2022 it is hoped will promote following other cars are overtaking, while reducing the gaps between the teams throughout the grid.

And it is the implementation of these 2022 regulations which Goss will focus on under his new position with the FIA.

Goss’s 28-year career with McLaren started in the early 1990s where he would go on to become chief powertrain engineer and then chief technical officer.

He would leave the Woking outfit in 2018.

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Another former McLaren employee, that being Carlos Sainz who finished P6 in the Drivers’ Championship with McLaren in 2019 and 2020, has spoken previously of his hopes that the new cars in 2022 will make Formula 1 more about the driver again, rather than the machinery.

“What I wish is that Formula 1 in the future has a closer grid, in order to allow the driver to create more of a difference,” he was quoted by Motorsport.com.

“As you arrive to F1, you very quickly realise it’s very difficult to beat any guy who has a car that is three tenths quicker than you, because you as a driver, you’re fighting for the last two tenths with your team-mate. That’s been the case with all my team-mates, you’re just two tenths up or two tenths down.

“But then when someone outqualifies you by 1.5 seconds, then you know that you are not really competing with him.

“I wish that we can close the group up together. I think FOM, Liberty, and the FIA have done a very good job with the 2022 regulations, and they’ve given that a chance.

“So hopefully that happens, and the sport becomes a bit more human dependent in terms of driving, and less machinery dependent. I think the sport can be a lot closer, a lot more fun. That will create a greater audience, and I think it will be better for everyone.”

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