F1 2022 pre-season Barcelona-Bahrain: tech analysis
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Haas F1 2022 revealed: real car revealed.
Haas have taken the covers off their new 2022 Formula 1 car, with the American-led team formally launching the VF-22 in the pit lane before the first day of pre-season testing.
While the new car has been previously seen through render images released weeks ago, as well as physically when the team held a shakedown on Monday, the launch serves as the first detailed look at the new 2022 car.
Mercedes 2022 livery images.
It won’t have escaped F1 fans’ attention that Mercedes’ W13 sees the team switch back to their traditional silver colours after two seasons of running a black livery – with Team Principal Toto Wolff explaining the decision behind the swap.
Mercedes have traditionally been known as the ‘Silver Arrows’, but moved to a black livery at the start of the delayed 2020 season, with Wolff commenting at the time that the move was designed to promote “respect and equality… [and] to show our commitment to greater diversity within our team and our sport”.
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But asked at the launch of the 2022-spec, silver-painted W13 about the revertion to the ‘classic’ Mercedes livery, Wolff replied: “The black livery was a clear [statement of] intent and a clear demonstration of our mission to become a more diverse and inclusive team. It has become part of our DNA, but the silver colour of the Silver Arrows is as much our DNA; it’s our history.”
Ferrari F1 2022. F1 75 the new F1 of Maranello.
After treating fans around the world to a special digital launch of their new 2022 F1 car, on Friday Ferrari took the F1-75 to their home circuit of Fiorano for its first track outing.
In foggy conditions, the Maranello-based squad completed a 15km demonstration run, with Charles Leclerc the first to drive the Scuderia’s 2022 challenger before handing it over to team mate Carlos Sainz.
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Red Bull with RB18. F1 Reb bull to keep the title.
The new creature of Adrian Newey.
Red Bull’s RB18 was another car that caught eyes up and down the paddock as the drivers’ championship-winning team gave us a first real look at their 2022 car, Max Verstappen opening duties for the team – Sergio Perez set to take over on Thursday.
McLaren with a fresh livery, the MCL36.
McLaren has usually launched its new cars from the McLaren Technology Centre ahead of winter testing but is yet to confirm its intentions for the 2022 launch.
Alpha Tauri, the images of 2022 F1 car.
Yuki Tsunoda is ready to take the wheel of AlphaTauri’s AT03 and, after the squad revealed their 2022 challenger, the Japanese driver talked about how he’s reveling in the pressure of a second season in F1.
Tsunoda turned heads with his maiden F1 outing in Bahrain last year, taking points on debut, but faced a rocky run of races with four non-scores until Azerbaijan. He faced further point-less spells but capped off the season with a career-best P4 in Abu Dhabi – that experience setting him up for what could be a successful sophomore season alongside Pierre Gasly.
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Aston Martin: the rebrand of Racing Point.
Aston Martin took to the track that 72 years ago hosted F1’s first ever World Championship event to complete a shakedown of the AMR22, built to 2022’s sweeping new technical rules after Formula 1 underwent arguably the biggest regulation overhaul in its history.
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Check out the short video below, as the drivers guide the AMR22 – launched on Thursday at Aston Martin Lagonda’s Gaydon factory – around the track, as the team prepare for pre-season running to begin in earnest at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on February 23.
Williams, reborn for 2022?
It would be fair to say the 2021 campaign was a positively surprising one for Williams, the British team peeling themselves off the bottom of the pile and climbing above not one but two teams into eighth in the constructors’ championship. But they under no illusions about the job they still have ahead to recapture the glory days and become a World Championship-contending team once more.
But there’s a real sense of optimism once more among those dressed in navy blue this year, even if that was dampened slightly when the heavens opened at Silverstone on Tuesday as they prepared to send the FW44 out for its maiden spin, first in the hands of Nicholas Latifi, then his new team mate Alex Albon.
Alpine unveil blue and pink 2022 challenger, the A522.
Alpine have become the ninth Formula 1 team to launch their 2022 challenger – the A522 – with a live show from Paris.
Renault Group CEO Luca de Meo and Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi led the presentation with new Team Principal Otmar Szafnauer, who takes up the reigns of running the F1 operation having left rivals Aston Martin in January, making his first live appearance in Alpine colours.
Alpine will run a striking new livery that is predominantly blue but features pink highlights in a nod to their new title sponsor BWT.
But on Monday night they also presented a ‘flipped’ livery with pink becoming the most prominent colour. This special design, which you can see in the gallery below, will be used in the first two races of the year – Bahrain and Saudi Arabia – before reverting.
Alfa Romeo run special livery for C42’s first public outing in Barcelona. Bottas-Zhou new line-up .
The Alfa Romeo C42 has made its first public outing after leaving the garage sporting a special testing livery on the first day of pre-season running at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
An all-new driver pairing – Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu – will take the wheel of Alfa Romeo’s latest hardware over the season, but reserve driver Robert Kubica will turn the first laps on track in Barcelona during the opening morning.
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Bottas will then step in for the afternoon, alternating duties with rookie Zhou for the next two days of running. The official livery for the C42 will however be unveiled after testing, on February 27, as the Hinwil-based squad have opted to run their new car in camouflage in Barcelona.
Alfa Romeo shook down their C42 at Fiorano last week, on the same day that Williams – who beat Alfa Romeo to P8 in 2021 – took their FW44 out on a damp Silverstone.