In a few weeks, in March, the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship will begin. Compared to previous years this time the cars have undergone a great general change, view that the turbo-hybrid era of Formula 1 (2014-2021) is over. This article wants to sum up all the changes in the next formula 1 championship.
During the turbo-hybrid era, the domination was absolutely of Mercedes, which in seven years won seven out of seven constructors’ world championships and 6 drivers’ championships. In fact, in 2021 this last title was won by Red Bull ‘s pilot, Verstappen. Mercedes certainly in the next few years, wants to remain among the top positions and this is possible.
The cars will return to produce 50% of their downforce, taking advantage of the ground effect which was used since the early 80s. A new fuel containing 10% of Bio components will be used and the cars will be more resistant.
The regulation will change a lot: grip will be a little more uniform for everyone, at the expense of speed: the new cars will be slower by about three seconds per lap and they will be at least 40 kg heavier, but as I said they will also be more compact and resistant.
Here is the presentation of the cars: the first Formula 1 car was presented on February 4th. It is the Haas, precisely named Haas VF-22. In the Haas F 1 team the drivers are Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin, like last year and the team leader is Günther Steiner. The second car was the Red Bull RB18 presented on February 9 and the drivers are Max Verstappen, reigning world champion and the number 1 and his teammate Sergio Perez. The team leader is Christian Horner.
On 10 February was the turn of the Aston Martin AMR22 . The pilots are the 4 times world champion Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll and the team leader is Mike Krack. The Mclaren MCL36 was presented on February 11th. The drivers are Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo and the team manager is Zak Brown. On February 14, the Alpha Tauri AT03 entered the scene. The team consist of the pilots, Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda, and the team manager Marco Perrone. On February 15th the Williams FW44 was presented with drivers Nicholas Latifi and Alex Albon and team manager Claire Williams. On February 17 the Ferrari F1-75 was presented which, with its new black and red livery, looks really fast. The drivers are Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz and team manager is Mattia Binotto. On February 18 was the turn of the Mercedes W13 which returns with the gray livery. The team drivers are Lewis Hamilton and George Russel and team manager Toto Wolff. The Alpine was presented on February 21st with drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon and team manager Szafnauer, also this car with a surprising livery. And as the last car the Alfa Romeo entered the scene with drivers Valtteri Bottas and the rookie Guanyu Zhou.
The championship includes 23 races with the addition of the Australian Grand Prix stopped for 2 years, as well as the Grand Prix of Canada, Singapore and Suzuka which were in the championship until 2019. And finally there will be the F1 debut of the Miami circuit.