How Formula 2 hopes its new 2024 car will be accessible to all drivers
The new car for the championship, to be raced in 2024, 2025, and 2026, aims to closely resemble an F1 car in terms of safety, appearance, performance, sustainability, and accessibility. It successfully underwent a shakedown in July with former F2 driver Tatiana Calderon. The debate surrounding power steering in single-seaters has led to the implementation of a solution based on suspension geometry and braking effort, ensuring a standardized steering weight for all drivers. The FIA hopes this will be a favorable option. Efforts have also been made to make the cockpit, steering wheel, and braking system more accommodating for drivers of all sizes, through adjustments in pedal and steering wheel positions, among others. The feedback from all-female tests in F3 has influenced some of these changes, particularly regarding the braking effort. The FIA has made significant efforts to achieve a universally acceptable steering weight for all drivers, including female and smaller male drivers.