Improved, updated and refreshed as the tanned donuts, F1 drivers return to racing, preparing for the Formula 1 2022 season. In this post, most of the competition teammates, the interesting changes ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix 2022. Brave and fast, they take place in F1 driver line-up 2022 with full power and motivation! Who is who in the 2022 Formula 1 season?
Max Verstappen – #1 and Sergio Perez – #11
There is a reason Max Verstappen got the number 1 instead of the usual #33! 2021 drivers’ title winner Verstappen became the youngest champion in Formula 1. The other good news is that Max confirmed his plans with Red Bull. He signed a new contract and will remain with the team until 2028! Supposedly, the value of the new contract is fabulous! We have no doubts, because Verstappen’s work is worth every penny of the deal!
Another integral person of a successful partnership that is hard to overestimate is Sergio Perez #11. Mexican driver was be alongside Max Verstappen in the 2021 Formula 1 2021 season, against rushing Mercedes’ drivers. Perez’s contract expires at the end of 2022. Red Bull extended Sergio’s contract by one year in August 2021. Red Bull F1 team is tough challenge for drivers. Here the racers are not used to ovations: want to be part of the squad – prove that you drive fast! Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez take the places in the F1 driver line-up in 2022.
Lewis Hamilton – #44 and George Russell – #63
Mercedes F1 driver field 2022 completed with Lewis Hamilton and young star, talented George Russell. This is the most controversial pair of the entire grid. Lewis Hamilton finished the 2021 Formula 1 season in second place. The scandalous Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2021 is still in your memory, as it was yesterday. It was a heavy defeat for Max Verstappen for F1 WDC. After he disappeared from all media screens, Lewis Hamilton rises again to prove his name. Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez are major rivals against Mercedes drivers. Although, they are not only one headache for Lewis Hamilton.
Five years Valtteri Bottas had raced alongside Hamilton, but this season will be no different. Bottas joined to the Alfa Romeo F1 driver line-up. However, dreams come true as to rich Mercedes driver line-up was a big dream for George Russell, which he proved again and again on the track.
But would he be able to drive like Bottas, or would the desire to be first against Hamilton will get the better of him? Mercedes F1 drivers are fighting for the ninth constructors’ team championship and touch the heart.
Daniel Ricciardo – #3 and Lando Norris – #4
Someone says McLaren F1 drivers line-up 2022 is the best pair on the grid. Lando Norris is the most popular driver for younger F1 fans. Teenagers know Norris through his live streams on Twitch, as a very good racing player. After all, he has a great sense of humor. Everything changes when he starts the Formula 1 engine. More serious and pretty focused on the real circuit, Lando differs from others, but even under hard conditions and pressure he keeps the smile.
Day by day McLaren F1 is improving, you can see the results. Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo’s one-two win at Monza is explicit proof of the above. Daniel Ricciardo has found himself in various F1 teams. In recent years, he switched Renault and Red Bull. The Australian F1 driver has no other option but to improve his speed and show what he is worth at the wheel of the updated McLaren car.
The entire Mclaren team invested a lot of time and money in the development of the F1 car in 2022. Expect the car to be the fast on the track, which has worked sufficiently with the new Pirelli 18 inch tires.
Fernando Alonso – # 14 and Esteban Ocon – # 31
The bravest drivers Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon have had an undeniably strong 2021 season. Fernando Alonso finishing on the podium and teammate Esteban Ocon securing a brilliant Grand Prix victory.
After Kimi Raikkonen’s retirement, Fernando Alonso became the most experienced driver on the 2022 grid. Focusing on the front positions during the race, Fernando Alonso leaves no room for emotions on the track. Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have already face with how difficult it is to overtake the Spanish Formula One driver. Together with Esteban Ocon, they want to bring the Alpine to the pace of McLaren and Ferrari and beyond. Someone can say that it might not happen tomorrow. Well, who knows, because the updated F1 cars and the new regulations may bring surprises.
Pierre Gasly – #10 and Yuki Tsunoda– #22
Alpha Tauri F1 driver line-up 2022 saved the pace of both drivers and that was the reason! Year after year, no matter what happens, Pierre Gasly gathering his fan base. Even you saw him frustrated in Red Bull, French F1 driver switched to a completely different person after 2019 F1 season. Stronger mentally and physically, Gasly does not care about winning the cup, but to be as much faster as possible. What he can do with his motivation in Alpha Tauri, but he can.
Thus Pierre Gasly won the Italian Grand Prix 2019 against expectations. On that day, the entire Alpha Tauri team did not hide the tears of happiness. Or was it just karma, as Fernando Alonso likes to say? Pierre tried to keep up the pace of the leaders, anyway. Azerbaijan Grand Prix – 3rd, Grand Prix of the Netherlands – 4th, Mexico Grand Prix – 4th, he is as close as possible. Where the others had problems, Pierre Gasly found the super speed and finished the 2021 season in ninth place overall.
Another Alha Tauri driver, Japanese Yukio Tsunoda, is a black horse on the starting grid. Someone has suggested that Tsunoda is not good enough, but as you already know, Alpha Tauri as the big sister Red Bull, teams only have the fastest drivers or who have good potential. We also think so. So Tsunoda remains in Alha Tauri for the second year and this is his chance to prove why he is in Formula 1. So, next time, don’t blame Yukio for profanity, because he also has excitement in front of TV cameras.
Charles Leclerc – #16 and Carlos Sainz – #55
When Carlos Sainz Jr. announced his contract with Scuderia Ferrari in 2020, people had a question: “Was the decision right?” The Spaniard came to the team to replace Sebastian Vettel, who had signed the contract with Aston Martin. At that moment, the Scuderia Ferrari was struggling with many problems, from technical problems and pressure within the squad to the mentally unpleasant atmosphere and misfortune. Carlos Sainz was like the breath of fresh air for Ferrari. Today, one says, the Spanish driver does not feel 100% relaxed alongside his teammate Charles Leclerc. There are also rumors that Sainz’s future with the squad is unclear. Perhaps the progress in the Scuderia Ferrari and their F1 car 2022 will inspire the new feelings for victory. Sainz still has a year to fight for the victories and merge his status in the squad.
Charles Leclerc is the face of the Scuderia Ferrari. With thousands of fans, Leclerc is associated with “Prancing Horses” and he wants to standing on the podium in a firmed red suit. Today, Charles Leclerc is even hungrier for victory since his last victory was in 2019.
Ferrari finished third in the constructors “championship in 2021, not bad, but not as expected at all. Today we expect the cars of the Scuderia Ferrari F1 to be faster than the others because of the technical specifics of the car and… the scouting by the other teams. Thus, Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff made predictions. Red Bull team principal Christian Horner agreed. If all predictions come true, we will see other Charles Leclerc crueler. That could be another problem. After Mercedes, the Scuderia Ferrari is next, with a controversial pair of drivers.
Sebastian Vettel – #5 and Lance Stroll – #18
Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel has changed a lot since joining Aston Martin. However, having overcome all kinds of internal and external pressures, the German F1 driver today feels free to compete alongside Lance Stroll and to give occasional driving lessons.
When no one expected Sebastian Vettel to step on the podium after a botched season with the Scuderia Ferrari, he broke all expectations for the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel finished the race in Baku in second place and smiled at all Formula 1 fans.
Lance Stroll said that if there were other options in teams like Mercedes, he would still stick with his father Laurence Stroll’s Aston Martin. Did he lie? Probably not, because Aston Martin is the dark horse on the grid. Seventh place in the 2021 standings is just the beginning. Their developments with the new F1 2022 car resembled a big conspiracy. The primary goal of the squad is a third place in the constructors’ championship. Aston Martin F1 driver line-up 2022 will work with the task. More relaxed, Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel are ready to start the engines.
Valtteri Bottas – #77 and Zhou Guanyu – #24
After the announcement that Valtteri Bottas had signed a contract with Alfa Romeo. The squad is the only one to draw up a completely new line-up for 2022.
Valtteri Bottas spent a long five years alongside Lewis Hamilton. The 2022 Formula 1 season will be a great start to the new chapter in his racing career, as Alfa Romeo is an exceptional team with different rules. Bottas has left Mercedes and left the old pressure, even if it is not for the top five places. He will also be an excellent teacher for the younger Zhou Guanyu.
Despite the hopes to remain the only Italian driver on the grid, Antonio Giovinazzi, the Alfa Romeo chose Chinese driver Zhou Guanyu. 2022 season will be his debut in Formula 1. Guanyu will be the only rookie in the driver line-up 2022 – and the first full-time Chinese F1 driver in history!
Nicholas Latifi- #6 and Alex Albon– #23
The absence of George Russell in the Williams F1 team is a huge shortcoming. However, the progress of the team is an endless process. Williams is still an excellent frame forge. So former Red Bull driver Alex Albon steps in to replace the Mercedes-bound Russell. Great, second chance to return to Formula One.
Meanwhile, Nicholas Latifi remains in the race. Williams F1 Team scored 23 points and is ahead of Alfa Romeo and Haas in the standing 2021.
Haas F1 driver line-up 2022.
Mick Schumacher – # 47 and Pietro Fittipaldi
At the end of the 2021 Formula 1 season, Haas would not be changing drivers. Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin finished the season without points: neither for the team nor for the drivers.
Mick Schumacher needs scores on his count, as this is his second season in Formula 1. As Ralf Schumacher often says, Mick needs a faster car.
Compared to Schumacher, Nikita Mazepin’s participation began with controversy, starting with a scandal on his Instagram story, and then sometimes he was too aggressive on the track when almost every race ended in a crash. Mazepin became more experienced after a while, but his participation was based on his father, Dmitry Mazepin’s tremendous investment in Haas.
Following the heartbreaking news in Ukraine, the situation around the world has changed. As a Russian, Nikita faced problems, and as a driver from Russia, his future became unclear. The FIA announced that drivers from Russia and Belarus would continue to be available for racing. Although Uralkali, one of the main sponsors of the Haas F1 team, hit with sanctions because of the situation in Ukraine. Haas F1 team broke the contract with Nikita Mazepin and updated the F1 driver line-up in 2022.
Mick Schumacher and Pietro Fittipaldi are already starting the engines of the new Haas cars today in order to bring the team the coveted points. 2022 Formula 1 season takes place in Bahrain from 18 to 20 March.
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