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F1 2022 Calendar – FIA confirms record-breaking 23-GP’s

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Formula One governing body FIA officially publish the 2022 Formula 1 calendar following the third meeting of the World Motor Sport Council on Friday. 2022 F1 calendar become the record-breaking calendar in terms of number of Grand Prix, which is featured 23 races.

2022 F1 championship will kick off in Bahrain at Sakhir with a night battle, and the convoy will move to Jeddah for the second Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Traditional season opener Australian move down to the third place ahead of Imola, Miami and Barcelona, which races are the subject to contract or subject to FIA circuit homologation.

Japanese Grand Prix takes a usual October schedule before the second race of the season in the USA runs back-to-back with the Mexican Grand Prix. The season will finish with the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi races, ending the season a full month earlier than 2021 F1 season.

Speaking about the 2022 F1 calendar, CEO of F1 Stefano Domenicali said: “We are excited to announce the 2022 calendar as we prepare to enter a new era for the sport with brand new regulations and cars for next year that are designed to create closer racing.

“This season has been incredible so far with great battles on the track, large audiences tuning in and fans returning to the races after the impact of the pandemic. We look forward to welcoming more fans back next season and hope 2022 feels more normal than the life we have all experienced in the past two years.”

“We are very pleased with the interest in Formula 1 from places that want to host races and the growth of the sport and believe we have a fantastic calendar for 2022 with destinations like Miami joining famous and historic venues. The pandemic is still with us, and we will therefore continue to be vigilant and safe – to protect all our personnel and the communities we visit.”

F1 2022 race calendar in full

Date Grand Prix Venue
20 March Bahrain Sakhir
27 March Saudi Arabia Jeddah
10 April Australia Melbourne
24 April Emilia Romagna Imola*
8 May Miami Miami**
22 May Spain Barcelona*
29 May Monaco Monaco
12 June Azerbaijan Baku
19 June Canada Montreal
3 July United Kingdom Silverstone
10 July Austria Spielberg
24 July France Le Castellet
31 July Hungary Budapest
28 August Belgium Spa
4 September Dutch Zandvoort
11 September Italy Monza
25 September Russia Sochi
2 October Singapore Singapore*
9 October Japan Suzuka
23 October USA Texas*
30 October Mexico Mexico City
13 November Brazil Sao Paulo
20 November Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi

*subject to contract
**subject to FIA circuit homologation

2022 F1

Mercedes officially confirms Russell replacing Bottas for 2022 F1

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Finally, all speculations are ended by official confirmation of Mercedes 2022 F1 line-up. The young British speedy George Russell was confirmed as Seven-times F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton’s F1 teammate from 2022 by the Silver-arrows on Tuesday.

“The Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team today confirmed that George Russell will become team-mate to reigning seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, beginning from the 2022 Formula One season as the sport enters a new era of technical regulations.” said the Mercedes statement.

This confirmation follows the news that Valtteri Bottas will join Alfa Romeo Racing next year, after five highly successful seasons with Mercedes. Valtteri joined Mercedes in 2017, scoring 9 race wins, 54 podiums and 17 pole positions to date with the team.

He has played a pivotal role in Mercedes winning four Constructors’ World Championships since 2017, and his partnership with Lewis Hamilton will be recorded as one of the most successful in the sport’s history.

Valtteri will be succeeded by 23-year-old George Russell, who joined the Mercedes Young Driver Programme in 2017. George won that season’s GP3 Series championship, and became FIA Formula 2 champion the following year, before graduating to Formula One with Williams in 2019.

His work ethic and performance have continued to impress during his three seasons with Williams; he is now ready to make the step to Mercedes and to continue his career development alongside Lewis Hamilton, after signing a long-term contract with the team.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said the decision to replace Bottas had nonetheless not been an easy process or a straightforward decision.

“This hasn’t been an easy process or a straightforward decision for us. Valtteri has done a fantastic job over the past five seasons, and he has made an essential contribution to our success and to our growth.” Wolff said.

“Together with Lewis, he has built a benchmark partnership between two team-mates in the sport, and that has been a valuable weapon in our championship battles and pushed us to achieve unprecedented success. He would absolutely have deserved to stay with the team, and I am pleased that he has been able to choose an exciting challenge with Alfa next year to continue his career at the top level of the sport; when the time comes, he will leave us with huge goodwill from every single member of the team, and he will forever be part of the Mercedes family.”

“Looking forward to 2022, we are very happy to confirm that George will have the opportunity to take the next step in his career and join Mercedes. He has been a winner in every racing category – and the past three seasons with Williams have given us a taste of what the future could hold for him in F1.”

“Now, it is our challenge together to help him continue learning within our environment and alongside Lewis, the greatest F1 driver of all time. I am confident that as their relationship grows, they will form a strong team and deliver for Mercedes on and off the track in the years to come. It’s a weight off our shoulders to have our plans for 2022 clear and announced; but now, our focus returns to the final nine races of this season and putting everything into our challenge for this year’s world championships.”

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Russell set to be named Hamilton’s teammate for F1 2022

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After Valtteri Bottas move to Alfa Romeo for 2022 F1, George Russell is set to be named Lewis Hamilton’s race teammate for next season. The Silver-arrows to form an all-British driver duo from next season.

A report in the Sky Sports indicates that the move may be announced ahead of Italian GP. Also, the Daily Mail reporting that Russell put pen to paper in Toto Wolff’s office at Sunday’s Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort.

Russell sat down for an exclusive interview with Sky F1’s Jenson Button, and the young Brit reveals his F1 2022 challenges, when drives the champions machine.

“I don’t think any driver would be naive to think they could go up against a seven-time world champion and have it easy,” said Russell.

“Because a guy like Lewis is who he is because of his speed and determination.”

“But that’s every driver’s dream – and I’ve said that for the last three years that it would be my dream to be team-mates with Lewis, because I want to learn from the best and I want to go up against the best.

“Let’s see what next year brings.”

At Zandvoort, Hamilton hailed Russell as an “incredibly talented driver” and “one of the members of the future of the sport”, while Verstappen expressed his belief that he will “make it very difficult” for Hamilton at Mercedes.

“These are guys that I respect a huge amount,” Russell said. “Lewis is obviously the greatest of all time and Max, everyone knows how fast and talented he is.

“So to hear those comments is always a nice feeling. But equally, these comments don’t make you faster on track.”

When the source Sky F1 questioned on whether he’d given away his move, Russell replied: “Big regulation change next year! Williams in 2013 finished ninth in the constructors and the following year they were fighting for victories and pole positions…

“Regardless, I think next year is going to be an exciting year for Formula 1. And I’m glad to be here.”

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Valtteri Bottas to join Alfa Romeo in 2022 with multi-year contract

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Current Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas will race for Ferrari-powered Alfa Romeo in a multi-year deal from 2022 F1 season, the Swiss-based F1 squad said in a statement on Monday.

After a lot of speculations, the Finn ending his top level F1 career with Mercedes, as the defending champion opening the door for their junior speedy George Russel, who is currently driving for Williams F1.

“A new chapter in my racing career is opening,” said Bottas, who will be replace leaving fellow citizen and 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

“I am relishing the opportunity to help lead the team forward up the grid, especially with the new regulations in 2022 giving the team a chance to make a leap in performance.

“I’m grateful for the trust the team has put in me, and I cannot wait to repay their faith: I’m as hungry as ever to race for results and, when the time comes, for wins.”

“It has been a privilege and a great sporting challenge to work with Lewis, and the harmony in our relationship played a big part in the constructors’ championships we won as teammates,” a nine-times grand prix winner said.

Alfa boss Frederic Vasseur – “Valtteri has been an integral part of a team that rewrote the history books and he has four constructors’ world titles to his name: he is the right driver to help Alfa Romeo Racing make a step forward towards the front of the grid,” he said.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing him put his ability to work for the good of the team.”

Mercedes paid tribute to the Bottas, without any indication of his replacement.

“This hasn’t been an easy process or a straightforward decision for us,” said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

“Valtteri has done a fantastic job over the past five seasons, and he has made an essential contribution to our success and to our growth.

“Together with Lewis, he has built a benchmark partnership between two team-mates in the sport, and that has been a valuable weapon in our championship battles and pushed us to achieve unprecedented success.”

“When the time comes, he will leave us with huge goodwill from every single member of the team, and he will forever be part of the Mercedes family,” said the Austrian.

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SAUDI GRAND PRIX

Date Session Time
FRI DEC 03 FP1 16:30 - 17:30
FRI DEC 03 FP2 20:00 - 21:00
SAT DEC 04 FP3 17:00 - 18:00
SAT DEC 04 QUALI 20:00 - 21:00
SUN DEC 05 RACE 20:30 - 23:30

Drivers Standings

DriverTeamPts
HamiltonMercedes343.5
VerstappenRed Bull351.5
NorrisMcLaren153
LeclercFerrari152
BottasMercedes203
Sainz Jr.Ferrari145.5
GaslyAlphaTauri92
PérezRed Bull190
AlonsoAlpine77
RicciardoMcLaren105

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