Toto Wolff has admitted to some dismay that design of the 2022 cars will be “so constrained” and the differences between them mostly cosmetic.

A prototype of the new 2022 F1 car was unveiled at Silverstone on the eve of the British Grand Prix weekend, complete with 18-inch tyres and a front wing containing integrated endplates.

The cars, with ground-effect aerodynamics, are intended to create better, more exciting racing as they should be able to follow closer and consequently overtake easier.

But Wolff, the Mercedes F1 co-owner and team principal, believes the tight regulations will mean the cars – which he likened to something he imagined being in McLaren CEO Zak Brown’s garage – are bound to look extremely similar and the main differences limited to their colour schemes.

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