Formula One's new regulations have created a grid like no other in recent history.

Cars that have been two years in the making took to the track for the first time in late February and the variation in design concepts has surprised not just neutral onlookers but those at the top of the sport, too.

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There will always be uncertainty ahead of a new season, even more so after a significant change in the regulations. 2022 is no different, and the inherent doubt in the pecking order is heightened further with the variety of machines on display.

We will not know which cars and concepts are most effective until after the first race, but the variation in design - as well as the potential advantages and pitfalls - are worth examining ahead of a season opener like no other.

Front wings and nose

The aerodynamics of the 2022 cars have been simplified - with the aim to promote better racing - and that starts at the front of the car. The front wing end plates are higher and more prominent and the actual elements are less complex than in previous years.

Compare the front wing on 2021's Red Bull’s RB16B with this year’s RB18. Those nose is much higher and the gap between the bottom of the nose and wing elements has been all but removed, to help reduce turbulent air behind. It looks sleeker and, arguably, more aesthetically appealing.