Formula 1 2022 preview: AlphaTauri unveils all-new car
February 10: Aston Martin-Mercedes
Aston Martin had a troubled first season, as the race-winning chassis it inherited from Racing Point was nerfed by aero rule changes, so much so that it struggled to keep the line-up of teams in the Midfielder. There were, however, some positives, including a fine first podium in Azerbaijan, thanks to Sebastian Vettel. The four-time champion and his growing fan base are hoping Aston Martin can deliver on its promise of competitiveness (after all, its end goal is the title) to quell questions about its legacy. His teammate will once again be Lance Stroll (funny), but his boss has changed, as Stroll senior has replaced longtime Otmar Szafnauer with former BMW Sauber chief engineer Mike Krack.
February 11: McLaren-Mercedes
McLaren finally ended nine years of abject misery and then unfulfilled potential with victory at Monza, courtesy of a rejuvenated Daniel Riccardo. It should also have celebrated a debut win for young Brit Lando Norris, but for a misjudged strategy as the skies opened over Sochi. And all this despite serious financial problems behind the scenes. Obviously, a lot of praise is due to Zak Brown and his team. Could there be even more due this season? Alongside fellow midfield maestros Alpine, Aston Martin, Ferrari, McLaren have made some brave statements about 2022…
February 14: AlphaTauri-Red Bull
The Red Bull junior team – sorry, sister team – proved that Pierre Gasly’s fantastic win at Monza in 2020 was no fluke, as they scored a series of points throughout the year and has sometimes been the third fastest. You’ll be hard pressed to find an F1 fan who doesn’t hope the brave team that started life as Minardi can carry on. Gasly’s demotion from Red Bull has clearly lit a fire under him which has not yet died down, but Yuki Tsunoda will need to be quicker and much more consistent if he is to avoid being branded as nothing more than a marketing tool for Honda – and even to keep his seat.