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All You Need To Know: F1 2022 Edition

All You Need To Know: F1 2022 Edition


Formula 1’s seventy-second season starts in a little under a month and we are publishing this article for you to know more about the pinnacle of motorsport so that you can enjoy it more in 2022 

Formula 1 is the FIA-backed top echelon of open-wheel motorsport. The top drivers in the world race around 23 tracks, street and purpose built, across 5 continents to contend for the world title. 

Everyone from Major car companies, fashion brands, energy drinks and home-grown racing teams compete for the prized Constructors title 

Teams and Weekend Structure 

Formula 1 is made up of 10 teams, each of which has two drivers. A new budget cap introduced last year due to the Covid Pandemic, will even the playing field, meaning whoever can most efficiently engineer their car will find the golden ticket to success. 

On a regular weekend there are two practice sessions on Friday to dial in the car and one more on Saturday to allow the drivers to nail the pace before qualifying the same day. The Grand Prix takes place on Sunday and usually amounts to somewhere around 90-105 minutes. 

The F1 Sprint which was invented last year modifies the race weekend slightly and will be making an appearance 3 times at Imola, Austria and Sao Paulo in 2022. A Sprint weekend will consist of one practice on Friday before qualifying later that day. On Saturday we have one more practice before the short 100km sprint race which offers points for the top three. This in turn sets the grid for the race on Sunday. 

Cars and Technology 

Formula 1 cars are propelled by a Hybrid V6, consisting of a Turbo V6 combined with an electric powertrain, resulting in outputting around 1000hp and top speeds of 320kmh or about 200mph. 

With a small minority of the teams being car manufacturers, teams have a choice between the Mercedes powertrain, which powers the Mercedes itself, Williams, McLaren, and Aston Martin teams, the Ferrari engine package, which powers the Ferrari, Haas, and Alfa Romeo cars, the Red Bull drivetrain, formerly Honda, which powers the Red Bull team and its sister team Alphatauri and the Renault unit that powers the single Alpin team. 

2022 also brings with it a revolutionary aerodynamic regulation change that will change the sport. The regulations aim to change the way the aerodynamics of the car work in order to clean up the dirty air caused by the car’s heavy downforce and complicated elements and make for closer racing. This means the reintroduction of Venturi Tunnels, a concept not used in decades, in order to shift the aerodynamic focus of the car to the floor. On top of this it will also shake up the grid, favoring those who find loopholes and unique interpretations in the new regulations. 

Tires 

The car’s tires are also changing. Pirelli is offering the same compounds as last year but the tires will be fitted to a new 18” rim. Along with the tires come new airflow deflectors on top of the tires, that drivers have found to limit their view. (can’t wait till Yuki Tsunoda figures that out!) 

Other Features 

During a race, drivers can take advantage of the Drag Reduction System, commonly referred to as DRS, when within 1 second of the next car to help an overtake. 

Drivers can pit and use different tire strategies in order to gain an advantage in tire differential and pace in order to overtake other drivers. 

Strategic use of the ERS system to give the powertrain an extra boost in terms of power is also useful in overtaking cars and keeping and closing down gaps. 

F1 in 2022 looks to be exciting with fresh and old talent in a shaken grid that could bring an amazing season. This season being as exciting as last season is a bet I would not put my money on, but as the saying goes, never say never. 


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