Doubts floor over 2023 Tremendous Method automotive introduction

The Japanese single-seater sequence has been engaged on an overhaul of its present SF19 chassis all season, with this week’s two-day take a look at at Suzuka marking the primary public outing for the brand new wings, sidepods, engine cowl and flooring sequence organisers hope might be used subsequent yr.

Nevertheless, the query of who’s paying for the improve stays unresolved, and a few groups are thought to have expressed reservations about its implementation in 2023 in mild of the present financial scenario.

The weakening of the Japanese yen – which has fallen by greater than 20 p.c towards the US greenback to this point in 2022 – is about to make buying the elements from chassis provider Dallara dearer than deliberate.

Talking in a press convention at Suzuka forward of this weekend’s season finale, Yoshihisa Ueno, boss of sequence organiser JRP, wouldn’t decide to the introduction of the brand new aero, saying nothing can be confirmed till December, most probably across the time of the post-season rookie take a look at.

Physique panels created from Bcomp flax fibre and Yokohama tyres that includes a bigger part of sustainable supplies are additionally on the agenda for 2023, whereas carbon-neutral gas has additionally been examined this yr however seems unlikely to be launched as quickly as subsequent season.

“[The new aero] remains to be below improvement,” Ueno mentioned. “Together with the tyres and the gas, we’re working to have the ability to affirm our plans for subsequent season in December, so we ask you to attend slightly longer.”

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Requested particularly when the brand new aero can be launched, and who would bear the price of its implementation, Ueno replied: “Each are nonetheless below dialogue.

“We received’t disclose precisely who’s paying how a lot, however we’re discussing it collectively [with the teams].”

Hiroaki Ishiura and Koudai Tsukakoshi have been in control of growing the upgraded SF19, and each reported optimistic emotions with the brand new aero following this week’s take a look at, significantly close to following the automotive in entrance.

Hiroaki Ishiura

Hiroaki Ishiura

Photograph by: JRP

Nevertheless, Ueno wished to spotlight that some points stay unresolved.

“I wouldn’t say we’re unreservedly completely happy, however the impression is that it has the character we’re aiming for,” he mentioned.

“We’ve got solely run to this point with two automobiles, so we don’t know the way it will work within the moist, or what the impact might be on braking, so there are quite a lot of points to deal with.”

An additional take a look at with the upgraded automotive is scheduled for Motegi on November 21-22 forward of the rookie take a look at, which doesn’t but have a confirmed date. The prevailing SF19 package deal might be used for the rookie take a look at.

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