Formula 1: New Cars, New Year, New Era

Mar 16, 2022


Kristen Humphries

The 2022 Formula 1 season kicks off in Bahrain this Sunday, March 20. With new cars, new drivers line-ups, new rules, and new cities, we are expecting an extraordinary season with 22 Grands Prix held around the world. The game has officially changed.

Pole position (situated inside of the row) is the most favorable place for a car to begin the race. Who will take the pole position this Sunday? We’re dying to find out!

2022 Formula 1 Cars

The new era in F1 is all about shifting the aerodynamic focus from the wings to underneath the car, making it easier to follow the car in front, and thus improving racing. The intent is to push the wash of dirty air upwards and away from following cars, so they can better close on one another. We can expect a long season of furious catch-ups, as the interpretations of the new rules have varied across the paddock.

The main purpose of the new design is to improve the opportunity for overtaking. Ideally, the cars can now race closely.

Formula 1 Drivers Lineup 2022

Mercedes (Lewis Hamilton, George Russell)

Mercedes is welcoming the 24-year-old from Norfolk, George Russell. He is no stranger to sitting behind the wheel of a Mercedes, after filling in for Hamilton in Bahrain 2020.

Williams (Nicholas Latifi, Alex Albon)

Alex Albon makes his return to Formula 1 after being let go by Red Bull in 2020.

Alfa Romeo (Valtteri Bottas, Zhou Guanyu)

After being dropped by Mercedes last year, Valtteri Bottas says he’s excited for the new chapter in his racing career at Alfa Romeo. Zhou Guanyu makes history as China’s first-ever F1 Grand Prix driver. 

Haas (Kevin Magnussen, Mick Schumacher)

The 29-year-old Kevin Magnussen takes Nikita Mazepin’s place at Haas. He is a veteran of 119 Formula 1 starts. He also raced for Haas between 2017-2020.

Red Bull (Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez)

Ferrari (Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz)

McLaren (Daniel Ricciardo, Lando Norris)

Alpine (Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon)

AlphaTauri (Pierre Gasly, Yuki Tsunoda)

Aston Martin (Sebastian Vettel, Lance Stroll)

Formula 1 Locations & Dates 2022

For the first time since 1959, Formula 1 returns to the state of Florida in 2022. Situated in the Hard Rock Stadium complex in Miami Gardens, the new track will feature 19 corners and 3 straights, with cars set to reach a top speed of 198 mi/h (320 km/h). While this is a major understatement, we are so ready and excited for the Miami Grand Prix on May 6-8!

Get ready for a spectacle of speed in over 56 laps, 3,43 mi (5.514 km) at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on October 20-23. The Circuit of the Americas just signed a contract for the next 5 years with Formula 1, so we’ll be seeing some amazing races here in the future too. The circuit and Grand Prix were first proposed in the middle of 2010. The circuit was the first in the United States to be purpose-built for Formula 1.

And for the Canadian fans, F1 comes by to provide the biggest sporting event in all of Canada. The Canadian Grand Prix will take place at the Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal on Sunday, June 19. 

If you are into F1 and looking for more behind-the-scenes action (and other spicy details about last year’s intense battle for the Championship), Netflix just launched season 4 of Formula 1: Drive to Survive

Formula 1 2022 Schedule

The 2022 racing is scheduled to start on Sunday, March 20 and finish by mid-November. We’re all-eyes-and-ears to the next F1 season! Grab tickets to the Miami Grand Prix (May 6-8, 2022), Canadian Grand Prix (June 17-19, 2022), and United States Grand Prix (October 21-23, 2022) below. You can check out the full schedule here and book your F1 experience!

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Words by Cosmin Coita