After the Miami GP, you have a lot of questions. Why is Lewis Hamilton still not taking the purple sectors? When will Carlos Sainz overtake Charles Leclerc? Scuderia Ferrari or Red Bull? Spanish Grand Prix 2022 will bring clarity! Here are key moments you need to know before the start Formula 1 race in Barcelona!
#1. A second chance to go back on top.
It is unlikely that we will see wheel-to-wheel combat at the Spanish Grand Prix. Overtaking is difficult on the racing circuit. F1 fans suggest there will be a train after a few laps. One highlight of Barcelona’s race weekend is that the Spanish Grand Prix is the place for F1 teams to unveil their latest upgrades. Most teams have their headquarters near the country. So, there is still a chance for non-podium place holders!
George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, both Mercedes drivers, are at the center of the action. Formula 1 season started disastrously for the eight-time constructors champion. With Bahrain, Australia, and the Miami Grand Prix, they are outside the podium. However, George Russell is the only driver on the team who is still firmly in the top five.
Top five doesn’t mean victory, or, as Ayrton Senna said – “being second is to be first among losers”. As part of the plan to introduce the biggest upgrades to the Spanish Grand Prix in 2022, the team has high expectations. These were claimed to have solved the fundamental problem with the W13 – the bouncing.
If Mercedes’ Plan B works well, then there will be a significant change in the battle. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell will rush to compete against Bull and Scuderia Ferrari.
#2. Carlos Sainz could win the Spanish Grand Prix in 2022.
Perhaps Carlos Sainz has double anxiety this evening. The Spaniard has admitted he has dreamt of racing for Scuderia Ferrari since childhood. Well, dreams come true. Sainz is a part of Prancing Horse’ team and has already arrived at home racing circuit in Barcelona. Other than this, there is no other chance. Having his dreams come true 100 percent could be a tough task, as his teammate Charles Leclerc has unstoppable speed.
The Monegasque driver feels much more confident at the wheel of Ferrari than the Spaniard. Charles Leclerc won two Grands Prix: Bahrain and the race in Australia. A Monegasque driver leads the drivers standings with 104 points against Max Verstappen’s 85 points.
Carlos Sainz had the weekends to forget in Emilia Romagna, and in Melbourne. The racing at the Miami GP made the Spaniard to smile as he finished third. However, Carlos Sainz is only fifth with 55 points. It’s under Sergio Perez’s third and even George Russell’s fourth place!
That will be a tough weekend, but if everything goes according to plan, then the victory in the homeland Spanish Grand Prix could be significant for Sainz.
#3. Max Verstappen vs Charles Leclerc.
Formula 1 2022 features two epic rivals. At the start nothing could stop the red-charged Scuderia Ferrari car, headed by Charles Leclerc However, the Red Bull team knows what they do. Max Verstappen is finding the purple time step by step.
The youngest F1 world champion is a very tricky rival, as he is staring at their opponents and waiting for the best moment to attack. But, when Verstappen rushes into battle, he leaves no chance for the other drivers. Therefore, if the Red Bull driver could match the pace of Leclerc in Bahrain and Australia, then he went on to win in Saudi Arabia, Italy and at the Miami Grand Prix. That is what he did.
Miami was a very significant race, where Red Bull was clearly ahead. Charles Leclerc did not have enough speed to leave Max Verstappen behind. That was what we learned from the faces of Prancing Horse’s team members at the podium ceremony.
Red Bull’s number one is Ferrari’s major rival and a major headache. The racing battles will continue to heat up. Will Max Verstappen be able to find these extra seconds, or will Charles Leclerc keep his advantage?
F1 Spanish Grand Prix 2022 schedule
|FRIDAY 20th MAY||Local Time|
|FIA Formula 3||Practice Session||09:30 – 10:15|
|W Series||Practice Session||10:40 – 11:10|
|FIA Formula 2||Practice Session||11:35 – 12:20|
|FIA||F1 Car Presentation||12:30 – 13:30|
|FORMULA 1||FIRST PRACTICE SESSION||14:00 – 15:00|
|FIA Formula 3||Qualifying Session||15:30 – 16:00|
|FIA Formula 3||Press Conference||16:30 – 17:00|
|FORMULA 1||SECOND PRACTICE SESSION||17:00 – 18:00|
|FIA Formula 2||Qualifying Session||18:30 – 19:00|
|W Series||Qualifying Session||19:25 – 19:55|
|FIA Formula 2||Press Conference||20:30 – 21:00|
|SATURDAY 21st MAY||Local Time|
|FIA Formula 3||Sprint Race (20 Laps or 40 Mins +1 Lap)||11:00 – 11:45|
|FORMULA 1||THIRD PRACTICE SESSION||13:00 – 14:00|
|W Series||Race (30 Mins +1 Lap)||14:40 – 15:15|
|FORMULA 1||QUALIFYING SESSION||16:00 – 17:00|
|Formula 1||Press Conference||17:00 – 18:00|
|FIA Formula 2||Sprint Race (26 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)||17:40 – 18:30|
|SUNDAY 22nd MAY||Local Time|
|FIA Formula 3||Feature Race (24 Laps or 45 Mins +1 Lap)||10:05 – 10:55|
|FIA Formula 2||Feature Race (37 Laps or 60 Mins +1 Lap)||11:35 – 12:40|
|Formula 1||Drivers’ Parade||13:00 – 13:30|
|Formula 1||National Anthem||14:44 – 14:46|
|FORMULA 1||GRAND PRIX (66 LAPS OR 120 MINS)||15:00 – 17:00|
Spanish Grand Prix will take place over 66 laps of the 4.675-kilometre Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Experienced drivers like this track a lot and feel free to take risks at any moment because they know every turn of the circuit. It’s also a great place for the younger Yuki Tsunoda and Mick Schumacher to show off their best racing abilities.