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The engines hardly had the chance to cool down from the last insane season, nevertheless we are nearing the Formula 1 season 2022. If this season is anything like last year, we expect fireworks. Not in the last place due to the new regulations that can really shake things up. Looking ahead we are sure of a couple of things, the full formula 1 season 2022 calendar and the driver’s grid of all participating teams. This is basic information for anyone looking to place an outright winner bet for the entire season. Basic, but crucial. Can we already say anything else besides just the names and numbers? Let’s take a look.
Formula 1 Season 2022 Driver’s Grid
Most attention went to Mercedes, where the superstar seemed to vanish from the planet and Bottas transferred to Alfa Romeo. Now that the dust is settled it looks like George Russel will (finally) be the teammate of Lewis Hamilton. This rumor has been going around for years, but every year Bottas got a new one year contract with Mercedes. During the Sakhir Grand Prix of 2020 Russel proved to be more than a worthy successor proving a successful substitute.
As for the seven times world champion, he is finally back on the horse as he signed a contract until the end of 2023.
Red Bull has the same ‘problem’ as Mercedes, as they have been searching for the perfect teammate for their top driver for a while. In the last race, Perez proved that he might be just that. What a battle it was that, it probably is what gave Max Verstappen the championship as Hamilton would surely have gone for new tyres with another 10 seconds. Perez got rewarded with another one year contract. Max Verstappen wants to do this ‘for another ten or fifteen years’ as he shouted from his helmet.
We are not sure if it will come to that, but Verstappen has a contract that will keep him at Red Bull at least until the end of 2023 (like Lewis at Mercedes).
Nothing to surprising here. Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo both possess contracts for at least two more seasons. This stability surely will help the team forward. Will we see a different Ricciardo this year?
There were rumors of Sebastian Vettel not wanting to continue during the formula 1 2022 season, but it turned out that it was just contract negotiations that held the definitive decision back for a while. Meanwhile Lance Stroll, son of the owner of the team, knows that he is safe for years to come at the team from Silverstone.
Another team with easy sailing this season. Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso will both drive with Alpine. Fernando Alonso had some options in his contract for an earlier leave, but both parties seem satisfied with how things go. Ocon announced last June that he will be with the team until 2024.
Ferrari is looking good for the future, with currently Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz jr firmly in their seats. In the waiting room of the talent program are two eager drivers with the names Antonio Giovinazzi and Mick Schumacher just waiting for their chance.
In the run-up to GP Monza, AlphaTauri announced that Pierre Gasly and rookie Yuki Tsunoda will also be driving for the team in the formula 1 season 2022. Gasly will be eager to prove himself worthy of rejoining Verstappen at Red Bull in 2023. Yuki Tsunoda had a year to test the water, but will now prove that the expectations around him were founded. With Dr. Helmut Marko nearby, everything can happen.
The only team this year with two entirely new drivers is Alfa Romeo. The contracts of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi were not renewed (Kimi stopped altogether). Antonio heard last November that he will be replaced with rookie Guanyu Zhou, while Bottas is taking the seat of the Iceman. Is it a smart move to start with two new drivers when the car is undergoing so many changes due to new regulations? Only time will tell.
In December 2020, Haas signed Nikita Mazepin. The Russian will also be driving for the American car next season, how much this has to do with the money he is bringing in from his father we leave in the middle. Mick Schumacher will also stay at Haas this season, but more is expected of him for his second season. With the new regulations, Haas has a chance to improve their car and the drivers to improve their results.
Who will replace George Russel? That was the question in everyone’s mind. Due to the recent proliferation of the team, suddenly a much desired seat. Both Mercedes and Red Bull wanted one of their pupils in Grove. The choice, in the end, fell on Alex Albon. Returning to the grid and trumping Nyck de Vries. Canadian Nicholas Latifi is proving his worth on and off the track and can lead the team in front of the Red Bull-pupil that has been once again embraced by the F1.
Full Formula 1 season 2022 Calendar:
- March 18 – 20 – Grand Prix Bahreïn
- March 25 – 27 – Grand Prix saudi arabia
- April 08 – 10 – Grand Prix Australia
- April 22 – 24 – Grand Prix Emilia-Romagna
- May 06 – 08 – Grand Prix Miami
- May 20 – 22 – Grand Prix Spain
- May 27 – 29 – Grand Prix Monaco
- June 10 – 12 – Grand Prix Azerbaijan
- June 17 – 19 – Grand Prix Canada
- July 01 – 03 – Grand Prix Great-Britain
- July 08 – 10 – Grand Prix Austria
- July 22 – 24 – Grand Prix France
- July 29 – 31 – Grand Prix Hungary
- August 26 – 28 – Grand Prix Belgium
- September 02 – 04 – Dutch Grand Prix
- September 09 – 11 – Grand Prix Italy
- September 23 – 25 – Grand Prix Russia
- September 30 – Oktober 02 – Grand Prix Singapore
- Oktober 07 – 09 – Grand Prix Japan
- Oktober 21 – 23 – Grand Prix United States
- Oktober 28 – 30 – Grand Prix Mexico
- November 11 – 13 – Grand Prix Brasil
- November 18 – 20 – Grand Prix Abu Dhabi