Your Formula 1 guide for the 2022 season

The world of Formula 1 racing gears up for another eight-month campaign that should exceed expectations, with a record 23 Grand Prix’s lined up for the 2022 schedule. In addition to its new cars, drivers, venues, and regulations, F1 fans can prepare for the year ahead by reading our comprehensive guide below. 

Between March 20 to November 20, the world’s most talented F1 drivers will attempt to dethrone 2021’s world champion, Max Verstappen. But first, eight months of intense racing will transpire across twenty-three confirmed locations, and we’ve highlighted some F1 dates in 2022 you should consider marking on the calendar.

  • Feb 23-25: Barcelona preseason [Circuit de Catalunya] 
  • March 18-20: Bahrain Grand Prix [1st Grand Prix of the Calendar] 
  • May 6-8: Miami Grand Prix [F1’s latest track edition] 
  • May 29: Monaco Grand Prix [One of the most recognised races of all F1 history]
  • July 3: GB Grand Prix [Home to the original F1 race of the 1950s]
  • October 28-30: Mexican Grand Prix [Fiesta and season-enders vibe perfectly] 
  • November 18-20: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix [Final GP of the 2022 calendar]

Detail in the races

Formula 1 drivers

Should COVID-19 keep its unwanted nose out of our business, the 2022 F1 schedule will break a new record for the most protracted campaign in sports history. 

The season opener takes place in March at the Bahrain Grand Prix, with a returning Saudi Arabian Grand Prix scheduled promptly after. In what’s becoming a tradition, the closing Grand Prix will be hosted on the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, with an earlier date of November 20 to end the F1 2022 season. 

After the coronavirus pandemic prevented a complete season last year, F1 Grand Prix will return to Japan, Canada, Australia, and Singapore in 2022. But with a packed schedule, teams are faced with back-to-back race weekends on multiple dates, including a Belgian, Netherlands, and Italian tripleheader in the summer months.

Additionally, we’ll see drivers race in Russia, Singapore, and Japan in another consecutive streak of Grand Prix weekends. 

Despite the astounding number of returning tracks to the 2022 F1 campaign, all eyes will be on the debuting Miami International Autodrome. The all-new Miami Grand Prix circuit is the lone newly added race for 2022, and it’s the first time the United States has hosted two Grand Prix’s in a single year since 1984. Surprisingly, the USA is still absent from the driver line-up. 

America’s passion for the motor racing industry is vacant in Formula 1 racing, but this hasn’t stunted the fandom that stems for F1 throughout the country. In particular, the most prominent states should be expected to receive overwhelming sports betting action at BetMGM New York.

The emerging race car talent from the Big Apple could undoubtedly be the future of F1. Born and raised in New York, 14-year-old Ugo Ugochukwu is an American karting superstar who recently signed with the Maclaren youth programme. Notably, the youngster has signed with the McLaren team at the same age as Lewis Hamilton did many years ago.  

Teams & drivers 

Since 2016, the Formula 1 season hasn’t welcomed a new team, and nothing has changed this year, meaning that no further additions will challenge the ten teams registered in 2022. 

Following their assistance to Max Verstappen’s impressive championship-winning season, Honda has exited Formula 1 for the second time in ten years. With that said, fans of Honda’s performance shouldn’t worry; their departure is merely a branding absence. Honda will supply the engineering and race application foundation for the freshly assembled Red Bull Powertrains division. 

Sixteen returning drivers from the 2021 season resume position on the grid in 2022, with a mere four new racers occupying the remaining seats. The most recognisable change is George Russell, who’ll be paired up with Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton after three years under Williams.  

F1 tradition will commence in 2022 when Verstappen flaunts the number one, a rule that hasn’t restricted the number 1 label for champions since 2014. 

And finally, after countless years, F1 cars will no longer run on 13-inch wheels. The introduction of 18-inch wheels will be implemented into the 2022 season. 

The F1 year ahead will unquestionably deliver a season more anticipated than in recent years, especially when COVID restrictions are at their lowest in 24 months. Fasten your seatbelt and prepare for the 73rd F1 championship season of 2022

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