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How many wind tunnel hours do F1 teams have in 2024?

A number of years ago, F1 introduced a new regulation that saw wind tunnel testing restricted on a sliding scale, based on the Constructors' Championship. Here's how each team is shaping up ahead of the new season.

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Wind tunnel testing is crucial for Formula 1 teams as they develop their cars throughout the season in order to stay competitive.

Testing restrictions existed prior to F1's intervention, but in a push to implement a more level playing field, the sport brought about more radical changes in 2021.

The Aerodynamic Testing Restrictions (ATR) is a handicap system that resets every six months and provides those lower in the standings more testing time.

As a result, the further up a team finishes in the Constructors' Championship results in fewer testing hours for the following campaign.

Haas finished last in 2023 and now has 115 per cent of available time while champions Red Bull are allocated only 70 per cent.

Despite its restrictions, the Milton Keynes-based squad has been able to maintain a dominant front-running position across the last two seasons.

Below, see how many wind tunnel hours each team has this year.

2024 Formula 1 wind tunnel hours

Team Wind tunnel hours Number of wind tunnel runs per ATR Period Number of CFD items per ATR Period
Red Bull 840 224 1400
Mercedes 900 240 1500
Ferrari 960 256 1600
McLaren 1020 272 1700
Aston Martin 1080 288 1800
Alpine 1140 304 1900
Williams 1200 320 2000
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Stake F1 1320 352 2200
Haas 1380 368 2300

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