Why Red Bull’s loss to Mercedes is a stroke of luck


Winning the constructors’ title in Formula 1 is accompanied by a hefty prize pool. The number two receives considerably less, so that Mercedes has an advantage in terms of finances. Red Bull, on the other hand, is helped by the new handicap system in Formula 1, which will be further expanded from 2022.

In 2020, it was agreed that measures will be taken from 2021 to bring the teams closer to each other. The new rule was devised that poorly performing teams may spend more time in the wind tunnel than the well-performing teams. Last season, the number one in the Constructors’ World Cup received 90% of the set quota of 40 runs per week, the number last just 112.5.

Greater advantage for underperforming F1 teams in 2022

In 2022, the percentages will be even further apart. The number one only gets 70% of the agreed quota of test time in the wind tunnel, while the number ten gets 115%. Mercedes is therefore allowed to use its wind tunnel the least for developing the 2022 car, while Red Bull gets 5% more test time. Haas is allowed to use the wind tunnel the most, Alpine is exactly at 100%.

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