A beginner’s guide to F1 2022

A guide to F1 2022

With so many new fans coming to F1 since the success of Drive to Survive and the highly competitive season we’ve seen between Mercedes and Red Bull, there’s so much to learn. So here’s a quick guide to what you need to know for this upcoming season if you’re fairly new to the sport.

The new cars

Although there was a lot of talk about the introduction of the new cars, early predictions suggested it wouldn’t be too different when Mercedes technical director Mike Elliott spoke.

The idea is that the cars will likely look different and favor closer racing, which has excited fans, but Elliot said: “The overall performance of the new cars is probably not going to be much different from the old ones. Obviously, the intent of these regulations was to try to improve overtaking, and it will be some time before we can see if that actually happened,” in a “Road to 2022” video from mercedes.

Since this video, the cars have been revealed and the reality could be a little outside the forecast. Once the Barcelona tests were over, the reality of the cars became apparent. The first times seem fast and much faster than expected.

Although the new times still don’t seem faster than last year, a lot of changes can be expected before the start of the season, especially if Alpha Tauri rider Pierre Gasly is right.

“The 2021 cars were incredible to drive and I think our starting point in terms of performance is not that far off from last year.

“So given all the development we’re going to see at the start of the season and over the next two months, I think we’ll see roughly a similar performance.

For a more in-depth look at the changes, feel free to watch this video or this one.

Program

If you’re wondering what’s new on this year’s schedule, number one, there are 22 races listed on this year’s schedule with a new race for Miami.

While the Russian GP had to be scrapped due to the country’s conflict with Ukraine, some courses have been reinstated in the lineup following the easing of Covid restrictions.

A statement from the F1 website read: ‘The plan is for this (Covid) situation to be rectified in 2022, with the likes of Suzuka, Montreal and Melbourne all back on the calendar, after all three events were forced off. be canceled in 2021. .”

There are also decisions, no doubt, less favorable, the Monegasque weekend being shortened to three days and the year having to end at the earliest in mid-November. Fans might not be too upset about this when they can enjoy more regular weekly racing action.

The full F1 calendar for the year is available here.

A notable exception to the schedule is China with current pandemic restrictions set to prevent them from hosting.

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Michael Masi

A big name outside of the drivers and teams who had a huge influence on last season’s championship was former race director Micahel Masi. Masi has since been removed from the role and the role is now split between two others.

Another bone of contention that came up in the wake of last season’s controversy came over communications between the teams and the race director, with the ability for the two parties to communicate having been removed as a result.

The issue was resolved after video leaked of Red Bull sporting director Jonathan Wheatley speaking to Masi and appearing to deliver the lines he later used to defend his controversial decision to Toto Wolff.

Big team changes

Although most drivers have not changed this season, there are a few exceptions. The most recent being the replacement of Nikita Mazepin by former Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, following restrictions which cost the son of the Russian oligarch his place in the Haas team. The decision still draws a lot of attention as Mazepin continues to speak out against the team over the wrongful termination.

Guanyou Zhou also managed to land an F1 seat this season by taking Antonio Giovinazzi’s place at Alpha Romeo. Giovanazzi had been favorite to join Haas ahead of Magnussen. Zhou managed to make history by becoming the first Chinese driver to race in Formula 1.

In a more direct replacement situation, Alex Albon has joined Williams to replace George Russell, who replaced Valterri Bottas at Mercedes following Bottas’ switch to Alpha Romeo since Kimi Raikkonen’s retirement.

If that sounds complicated, this list will show each team as they are.

What to expect

While asking what to expect can only lead to a vague answer based entirely on speculation, there are a few takeaways that seem pretty clear. Mercedes and Red Bull will most likely remain at each other’s throats, the change of cars could see a bit of a shake-up in the standings, and the change of drivers will also present a new dynamic for most teams, with Haas exiting probably the best of this.

So if there was one prediction I would make after all of this, it’s that Haas will see the biggest improvement of any team. Yes, that’s a particularly easy call to make, but with Magnussen’s positivity matching the atmosphere Guenther Steiner was looking for and with the team having spent a lot of time last year designing a car for this year, they should definitely improve after a particularly bad season. Last year.

Wolff Verstappen

In terms of top finishes, it’s far too early to predict what changes will be made to the cars and what dynamics will work, but if the warm-up stages are anything to go by, Max Verstappen will surely be the favorite for this season. .

Practice laps are just a small indicator and if anyone is likely to improve as the season progresses, you can be sure Hamilton will be there to challenge.

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(All information is correct until March 15)

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