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Formula 1 team guide ahead of the 2022 season

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F1’s world-record 23-race season kicks off in Bahrain this weekend, with Red Bull’s defending champion Max Verstappen racing to renew his rivalry with seven-time world champion Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.
Here’s a detailed look at the teams next season:
* Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) George Russell (Great Britain)
Mercedes is looking to win the constructors’ title for the ninth time in a row, cementing its record, and Hamilton is hoping to match his records for wins and start from the front to new heights after failing to capture his eighth world championship title in 2021.

Russell joins Mercedes from Williams in place of Valtteri Bottas at an all-British team and is hoping to win his first Formula One race.

The team’s new W13 car struggled with downforce on the straights, but history has taught rivals to be wary of Mercedes on the grounds that it lacks speed.

Prediction: third place at the moment but cannot be excluded from the competition.

* Red Bull
Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Sergio Perez (Mexico)
Verstappen is in his first season as world champion. The Red Bull car was fast in testing and the team seemed happy that there were no issues with the performance of their car. Perez has now adapted to the team atmosphere and is playing an important role with him and hopes to extend his contract beyond 2022.

Prediction: The most likely candidate, who will challenge for the constructors’ and drivers’ titles.

* Ferrari
Charles Leclerc (Monaco) .. Carlos Sainz (Spain)

Ferrari haven’t won a race since Singapore in 2019 and won a title since 2008, but their long-suffering fans have plenty to look forward to in the new year as the car looked well-balanced and quick in testing. Sainz is no longer a newcomer to Maranello and his partnership with Leclerc is going well.

Prediction: win races and get one of the first or second places depending on the current level.

* McLarens
Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Lando Norris (Great Britain)

Another stable line-up, with the experienced Ricciardo hoping for a much better season after a difficult first year despite leading the team to first and second place at Monza.

It was McLaren’s first win since 2012 and Norris hopes to add his name to this year’s list of winners. The Mercedes-powered car is fast but had brake problems during testing while Ricciardo was out due to COVID-19.

Prediction: 4th again, but looking to win races.

Fernando Alonso (Spain) Esteban Ocon (France)

Albin begins the season under new leadership with the appointment of Aston Martin’s Ottmar Szafnauer as team boss. Test results were mixed and mixed in Barcelona, ​​but the car turned out to be more robust at the end in Bahrain. Alonso, the 40-year-old two-time world champion, remains as passionate as ever in a season that will likely determine his future in Formula One, while promising Australian driver Oscar Piastre waits.

Expectation: At risk of dropping out of the ranking.

* Alpha Taurus
Pierre Gasly (France) Yuki Tsunoda (Japan)

Honda is officially gone even though the engines remain the same. Gasly, who won a race earlier, remains the team’s number one driver, while Tsunoda should do better after his first season in 2021.

Prediction: He is aiming for fifth and is likely to remain sixth.

*Aston Martin
Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Lance Stroll (Canada)

Luxembourg-based Mike Krake replaced Szafnauer amid big changes at the Mercedes-powered team, with the construction of a new plant and staff expansion. It was a disappointing seventh place last year and the team is aiming to return to the top four.

Prediction: competition for intermediate positions.

Nicholas Latifi (Canada) Alex Albon (Thailand)

The former champion was last in the standings last year, but the team using Mercedes engines is still unknown. Red Bull-backed Albon returns to Formula One after a year in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM) series.
Latifi is in his third season in Formula 1.

Expectation: At risk of dropping out of the ranking.

*Alfa Romeo
Valtteri Bottas (Finland), Guanyu Zhou (China)

Bottas, whose retired compatriot Kimi Raikkonen replaced him, should play a leading role at the start of the post-Mercedes era alongside the championship’s only rookie and the first Chinese driver in F1. Reliability is a concern despite the fact that the Ferrari-powered car appears to be fast

Prediction: Overtake Williams in qualifying.

Mick Schumacher (Germany) .. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark)

Haas was the only team not to score points in 2021, and has already made headlines after the Russian invasion of Ukraine led to its split from team sponsor Uralkali and its Russian driver Nikita Mazepin. Magnussen’s return should boost morale and set a benchmark for Schumacher in the German driver’s second season. The Ferrari engine looks much better than last year.
Prediction: score points and return to the middle of the classification.


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