2022 Season is only just over a couple of months away!
This year's Formula One Grand Prix season starts in Bahrain on the March 20th and will feature an incredible 23 races over the course of the year.
So, what should you be looking out for this year? And what should you start getting excited about?
Read on to learn everything you need to know about the upcoming 2022 Formula One Grand Prix season.
News on the Drivers: What To Know
There are some great drivers that will be competing in the F1 Grand Prix. The stars of last season were Lewis Hamilton and 2021 Formula One World Champion Max Verstappen. Hamilton will partner with George Russell, who is a new addition to the team, but one with a reputation for being intense.
Verstappen will pair with Sergio Perez. This is Perez's second season with Verstappen, so they may be more comfortable this time around.
Alex Albon, a 2020 standout, skipped the 2021 season. He's expected to return this year. He'll be leading the team for Williams.
There will also be a new rookie driver joining the fray this season. Zhou Guanyu will be the first Chinese full-time Formula One racer, in his first season. Nikita Mazepin and Mick Schumacher are both in their second season with F1, as is Yuki Tsunoda.
Learn About the Cars
What's a Formula One race without cool cars? Ferrari, Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, and McLaren are among the teams participating.
And, there have been changes made to the car regulations. The required wheel size has been raised to eighteen inches.
Cars are also required to have strakes over their front wheels and tunnels under the cars to increase their aerodynamics. The minimum weight of all cars has also increased.
Car suspensions are only allowed to contain dampers and springs, while heave springs are now banned from use. Car wing design rules have been changed to allow the drivers to follow each other more easily.
Tracks and Rules
The record number of races planned mean there is also a record number of tracks being used during one season. Two races will be held in the United States, including the first-ever race held in Miami, Florida.
The Canadian Grand Prix will take place in June, in Montreal. Mexico City's race will happen at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, on October 30th, while Singapore's race earlier in the month, COVID-19 permitting, will run at Marina Bay. The final race of the season will occur in November, in Abu Dhabi.
There have been new rules introduced, too. The qualifying race rules have changed, so that the first finisher in the sprint qualifier will start in the pole position. Plus, the budget cap shrunk to 140 million dollars, so teams will have to get more creative with their money.
2022 Formula One Drivers
Alfa Romeo are the only team to field an all-new line-up for 2022, but there are also some changes on the grid from last year in terms of drivers. Here are all the teams and drivers for 2022:
- Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton – #44 - George Russell – #63
- Red Bull: Max Verstappen – #1 - Sergio Perez – #11
- Ferrari: Charles Leclerc – #16 - Carlos Sainz – #55
- McLaren: Daniel Ricciardo – #3 - Lando Norris – #4
- Alpine: Fernando Alonso – #14 - Esteban Ocon – #31
- AlphaTauri: Pierre Gasly – #10 - Yuki Tsunoda – #22
- Aston Martin: Sebastian Vettel – #5 - Lance Stroll – #18
- Williams: Nicholas Latifi – #6 - Alex Albon – #23
- Alfa Romeo: Zhou Guanyu – #24 - Valtteri Bottas – #77
- Haas: Nikita Mazepin – #9 - Mick Schumacher – #47
Get Excited for the 2022 Formula One Grand Prix Season
Now that you have all this information about the 2022 Formula One Grand Prix season, it's time to get pumped up!
So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets for your Grand Prix Adventure today.