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Leclerc: Positive COVID tests show F1 needs to stay cautious
2022 F1 season

Leclerc: Positive COVID tests show F1 needs to stay cautious

Listen to this article McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo was forced to skip the second winter test in Bahrain last week following a positive test, while Aston Martin announced on Thursday that Sebastian Vettel will miss the opening race of the new season after contracting COVID-19. For 2022, the FIA’s COVID-19 protocols have been relaxed in some…

Alonso: Verstappen “will have less pressure” as reigning F1 champion
2022 F1 season

Alonso: Verstappen “will have less pressure” as reigning F1 champion

Listen to this article Red Bull driver Verstappen defeated Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after a gruelling 2021 campaign, taking his maiden world championship three months ago in Abu Dhabi. The 2021 title finale was the culmination of a seven-year project for both Verstappen and Red Bull, which started when Verstappen was drafted in at Toro Rosso…

Why Hulkenberg’s latest F1 comeback is his most challenging yet
2022 F1 season

Why Hulkenberg’s latest F1 comeback is his most challenging yet

Listen to this article The Aston Martin reserve driver has been called in to deputise for his fellow German Sebastian Vettel. The former world champion had returned to his home in Switzerland after last weekend’s running at Sakhir, and took a PCR test before he travelled back to Bahrain as part of Aston Martin’s regular…

Ferrari seeks further clarity over Mercedes F1 mirror concept
2022 F1 season

Ferrari seeks further clarity over Mercedes F1 mirror concept

Listen to this article For the final pre-season test in Bahrain, Mercedes completely overhauled its mirror setup as part of the sidepod revamp of the W13. Rivals questioned what Mercedes had done, as they suggested that some elements of the mirrors were being used for aerodynamic benefit – something which they are not supposed to…

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2022 F1 season

Norris fastest as Ferrari complete most laps on first day of testing · RaceFans

McLaren’s Lando Norris was the quickest driver in the first day of pre-season testing in Barcelona, while Ferrari covered the most laps with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jnr. Norris was the only driver to break the 1’20 barrier on the opening day of testing for the 2022, setting a 1’19.568 in the late afternoon…

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2022 F1 season

Ferrari could be “several months ahead” with their 2022 car

Lewis Hamilton expects Ferrari has seized an opportunity to make more progress early on with the development of their new car for 2022 than Mercedes did. His Mercedes team were locked in a championship fight with Red Bull which ran until the final race of last season. While the two teams continued work on their…

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2022 F1 season

Bottas: Alfa Romeo understands issues that limited F1 test mileage

Listen to this article Reserve driver Robert Kubica completed only nine laps when he ran the C42 in the morning session, while Bottas managed a further 23 when he took over in the afternoon, the Finn finishing the day in 10th place overall. The team’s total of 32 laps was the lowest of the day,…

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2022 F1 season

Heavier F1 2022 cars feel ‘quite sluggish’, says Norris

Listen to this article The heavier cars for this year, rather than the shift to ground effect, has emerged as the biggest difference that drivers felt in their first day of testing the new F1 cars at Barcelona in Spain on Wednesday. As a result of ramped up safety structures and the shift to 18-inch…

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2022 F1 season

Formula 1 at risk of losing a race from 2022 calendar

One of the 23 races on the 2022 Formula 1 schedule could end up being dropped as a result of Russia’s deployment of its army into eastern Ukraine. Formula 1 is set for a record-breaking 23-race season in 2022 following a record-tying 22-race season in 2021. However, there are doubts that this will end up…

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2022 F1 season

Russell explains benefit of moving teams amid regulation changes

George Russell believes that changing teams amidst the sweeping regulation changes being introduced into Formula 1 for 2022 could be a positive. After three years with Williams, the Briton makes the switch to Mercedes for the upcoming season. Whilst some may view the crossover of this move and the new rules as being a challenge,…

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2022 F1 season

Vettel outlines Aston Martin’s key goal for 2022

“They feel a bit different driving in the sim (simulator), but I think it will be different in real life.” “I think from a driving point of view, the main challenge for all of us will be adapting to these cars,” Vettel told media including RacingNews365.com . Following the team’s launch of their new car…

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2022 F1 season

Button tips Hamilton to be back at his best in 2022

Jenson Button expects Lewis Hamilton to bounce back from the disappointment of losing the 2021 World Championship. The Mercedes driver disappeared from public view following the controversial events of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and did not re-emerge again until 5 February, when he shared a post on Instagram saying that he was “back”. During…

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2022 F1 season

Lando Norris believes Max Verstappen ‘is in the zone 24

Having won a first World Championship at the end of a tension-fraught season, Lando Norris says Max Verstappen was “naturally born in the zone” 2021 heralded the best title fight that Formula 1 has witnessed in years, if not decades as Verstappen took on Lewis Hamilton, the Briton seeking a record-breaking eighth crown. The two…

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2022 F1 season

Nico Hulkenberg: ‘F1 is on its way to being really sexy again’

Aston Martin reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg has given his thoughts on why F1 is coming back to life after some relatively processional recent years. Liberty Media took over the running of the sport in 2016, and in Hulk’s words has given the championship its “glamour & star factor that has always made F1 special.” He…

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2022 F1 season

Why Doohan chose Alpine Academy over Red Bull F1 junior programme

Listen to this article The Australian had the option to extend his stay in the Red Bull junior programme for 2022, but elected to switch to Alpine, joining fellow FIA Formula 3 graduate Olli Caldwell and F3 drivers Victor Martins and Caio Collet as part of Alpine’s junior line-up. Last year Doohan finished runner-up to…

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2022 F1 season

Abu Dhabi action plan will protect FIA’s integrity, says president

Listen to this article With the investigation into last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix controversy coming to an end, the FIA has promised to reveal its findings and an action plan of changes is due to be announced imminently. With fan backlash still at fever pitch over the events of last year’s season finale, when…

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2022 F1 season

Alfa Romeo’s 2022 F1 car revealed in Fiorano shakedown

Listen to this article As Motorsport.com’s exclusive photograph shows, the car is running in a camouflage livery that it is expected will also be used for testing. New driver Valtteri Bottas was behind the wheel, but wearing a black helmet, as he completed the first laps just before midday in Italy on the wet track….

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2022 F1 season

Lewis Hamilton looks ‘totally focused’ on the 2022 campaign says Stefano Domenicali

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is absolutely committed to fighting for an eighth title in 2022, according to F1 President and CEO Stefano Domenicali. The Briton dropped off the radar over the winter, breaking a social media silence that lasted nearly two months. He posted a photo (below) of himself with the following caption: “I’ve…

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2022 F1 season

Sebastian Vettel believes Aston Martin will benefit from Mike Krack’s arrival

Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel is confident about the team’s progress following the arrival of new boss Mike Krack. Krack, who hails from Luxembourg, joined Aston Martin in January and brings a wealth of experience from Formula 1, the World Endurance Championship and Formula E. Krack is a former colleague of Vettel’s having worked with the…

Sky Sports F1’s Ted Kravitz uses vacuum cleaner to demonstrate the 2022 rules
2022 F1 season

Sky Sports F1’s Ted Kravitz uses vacuum cleaner to demonstrate the 2022 rules

Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz has used an unusual and yet simple method to demonstrate the new ground-effect aerodynamic regulations used for the 2022 F1 season. Taking to Twitter and using his trusty Dyson, Kravitz attempted to explain the new aero rules coming into force this season in his own unique way. The new regulations, which…

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2022 F1 season

Former Ferrari boss secures new role at Aston Martin

Former Ferrari team boss Marco Mattiacci has been appointed to a new role with the Aston Martin company. Mattiacci, who served as Team Principal for Scuderia Ferrari in 2014, has become Global Chief Brand and Commercial Officer for Aston Martin Lagonda, the parent company of the Aston Martin F1 team. Mattiacci has a long career…

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2022 F1 season

Why Horner won’t be allowed to cash in Mercedes factory tour prize

Red Bull’s Christian Horner won’t be able to make the most of a recent prize he won, after being the winning bidder for a tour of the Mercedes Formula 1 factory. Horner landed himself a tour of Red Bull’s chief rivals’ facilities in Brackley in the UK, after bidding on the item at the recent…

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2022 F1 season

Norris confirms pay rise as he completes Monaco move

Lando Norris is now officially a resident of Monaco, as he has completed his move to an apartment he bought in the Principality. The McLaren driver has finished the exhausting process of moving homes, and now runs the risk of bumping into the likes of grid rivals and fellow Monaco residents Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas,…

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2022 F1 season

Villeneuve questions Hamilton’s return: Being beaten by Verstappen must have hurt him

Jacques Villeneuve has questioned how Lewis Hamilton will mentally approach the 2022 F1 season after losing the World Championship to Max Verstappen in controversial circumstances. Hamilton had looked to be on course to win a record eighth title at the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, before the dramatic events of the final laps enabled Verstappen…

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2022 F1 season

Stroll hopes 2022 cars will make “tracks like Budapest” better for racing · RaceFans

In the round-up: Lance Stroll says he hopes that the radical new cars for 2022 will encourage better racing at circuits like the Hungaroring In brief Stroll hopes 2022 cars will make “tracks like Budapest” better for racing Lance Stroll says he is hopeful that the radical new cars for the 2022 Formula 1 season…

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2022 F1 season

Will Alpine and Aston Martin’s five year plans earn them a drivers’ championship? · RaceFans

For many years now, the metaphorical glass ceiling that seems to hold midfield teams from realising their dreams of becoming title contenders has felt more like a ceiling made of reinforced concrete. Over the ten Formula 1 seasons between 2002 and 2011, seven different teams managed to secure a top three finish in the constructors’…

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2022 F1 season

Ricciardo “impressed” by Norris’s ability to “push the scale” on track · RaceFans

McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo admits he did not appreciate Lando Norris’s full potential as a driver until spending a season alongside him as his team mate. Ricciardo moved from Renault to McLaren for the 2021 season and regularly struggled to match team mate Norris’s performances, ending the season 45 points adrift of the 22-year-old in the…

Ugly fun or a nice handful? F1 wakes up to tricky 2022 cars
2022 F1 season

Ugly fun or a nice handful? F1 wakes up to tricky 2022 cars

Listen to this article But as teams and drivers have begun digging deeper into the new cars, the reality of an entirely different handling model has come to the fore. For after years of teams having fine-tuned complex suspension systems to improve the ride, help tyre degradation and roll nicely over the kerbs, F1 drivers…

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2022 F1 season

McLaren plans MCL36 filming day debut ‘very close’ to first F1 test

Listen to this article McLaren unveiled its new car for the 2022 season in a launch at its Woking headquarters on Friday, sporting a revised aerodynamic design and a tweaked papaya and blue livery. It was only the second team after Aston Martin to provide a true look at what the 2022 grid will look…

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2022 F1 season

The bold F1 novelties spotted on the new McLaren MCL36

Listen to this article Let’s get one of the obvious things out of the way first, seeing as there has already been speculation regarding the design of the car’s front suspension. As was hinted in the team’s fire-up video, the car features a pull rod layout at the front, which we’ve seen it use as…

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2022 F1 season

The big team tightrope that Aston Martin must walk

Jonathan Noble is Motorsport.com’s Formula 1 editor. Having graduated from University of Sussex Jonathan worked for sports news agency Collings Sports reporting on F1, F3, touring cars and other sports, with articles appearing in The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Reuters, Autosport and other publications. In 1999 he moved to Haymarket Publishing to become a senior…

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2022 F1 season

The hidden details that underpin F1’s first real 2022 car

Listen to this article On the face of it, the AMR22 looks dissimilar in all the right places from last year’s FOM show car to give us a feel that it is a big departure in concept. However, what’s more fascinating are the small details that could easily be missed without close scrutiny. There’s plenty…

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2022 F1 season

Mercedes F1 team makes “promising progress” on diversity target

Listen to this article Launched in December 2020, the initiative derives its name from a plan to have over 25% of new starters at the organisation coming from under-represented groups until the end of 2025. Mercedes says that the target was exceeded in its first year, with 38% of new recruits fulfilling the definition. Female…

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2022 F1 season

Russell: Mercedes showing “motivation and fire” after 2021 F1 defeat

Listen to this article He added that his personal focus this year will on improving his own performance and that and his car, while setting himself “micro targets” along the way. Russell has been busy at the team’s Brackley factory getting to know his engineers and running the new W13 in the simulator, and he…

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2022 F1 season

Ricciardo: I didn’t know my strengths before 2021 F1 struggles

Listen to this article Ricciardo experienced a rollercoaster first season with McLaren in 2021 that saw him initially struggle to match teammate Lando Norris for pace, enduring a difficult run to the summer break. But Ricciardo took a memorable victory at Monza as he scored McLaren’s first win since 2012, leading Norris home for a…

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2022 F1 season

David Croft: Lewis Hamilton will want to prove he is “still the greatest” in Formula 1

Sky Sports’ lead F1 commentator David Croft believes Lewis Hamilton was robbed of winning an eighth World Championship in Abu Dhabi through no fault of his own. Hamilton, who lost the 2021 World Championship to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on the last lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in December, returned to social media…

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2022 F1 season

Sergio Perez ready for “exciting” year in Formula 1 as teams start from scratch

Red Bull’s Sergio Perez says he is ready for an “exciting” season as Formula 1 heads into a new era when everyone will be “starting from zero”. Formula 1 has introduced a completely new set of technical regulations this season as a way to help improve overtaking and to allow cars to follow each other…

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2022 F1 season

Craig Slater: Still ‘doubts’ over Lewis Hamilton returning to F1

Sky Sports News F1 reporter Craig Slater says there are still doubts as to whether seven-time former World Champion Lewis Hamilton will return to the sport this season. Hamilton returned to social media last weekend to say he is “back” after 56 days away, but has still yet to officially confirm he will continue racing…

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2022 F1 season

Sprint qualifying not yet included on Formula 1 weekend schedules

Formula 1 has published its schedule for each race weekend in 2022, but a notable absence is that of sprint qualifying weekends, which have yet to be included. Speculation has been rife that the teams and sport have been at an impasse regarding the budgetary arrangements for sprint qualifying, with the sport’s big hitters said…

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2022 F1 season

Sebastian Vettel sees 2022 as a ‘true test’ of Aston Martin’s Formula 1 status

Sebastian Vettel believes the 2022 season will be a “true test” of Aston Martin’s status in F1 following the “hiccup” of a management reshuffle. Aston Martin are among the most fluid teams in that they are undergoing major changes in their quest to reach the sport’s pinnacle, the biggest of which was their rebrand from…

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2022 F1 season

First pictures: McLaren reveals its genuine 2022 F1 car in a new livery · RaceFans

McLaren has presented its new Formula 1 car for the 2022 season in an eye-catching new livery which echoes its popular one-off design from last year’s Monaco Grand Prix. The team revealed its MCL36, which will be raced by Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, in an online event. It also presented the complementary liveries which…

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2022 F1 season

McLaren “proud of presenting a real car” after MCL36 launch · RaceFans

McLaren technical director James Key expects all 10 F1 teams will change their new cars significantly before the opening round of the new season. Four of the ten Formula 1 teams have unveiled their car designs for the 2022 season. Haas presented renders of an early iteration of their VF-22 last week, while Red Bull…

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2022 F1 season

Masi deserves chance to stay as F1 race director

Daniel Ricciardo believes Michael Masi should have the opportunity to remain in his position as FIA Formula 1 race director following the fall-out over the controversial end to last season. Masi has been F1 race director for the past three seasons following the sudden death of Charlie Whiting, who held the position for multiple decades….

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2022 F1 season

Positive fan reaction to Monaco livery inspired McLaren’s new F1 and IndyCar look · RaceCrunch

McLaren’s new look for its 2022 Formula 1 and IndyCar liveries came about due to the positive reaction to the special colour scheme it ran at last year’s Monaco Grand Prix. The team ran a one-off Gulf livery in Monaco last year. It has adopted some of the colours from that car on its new…

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