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Ferrari set to launch 2022 F1 car on mid-February

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The Italian F1 outfit Ferrari F1 team planning to reveal its brand new F1 car for the 2022 season in the middle of February, ahead of 2022 F1 pre-season testing in Barcelona.

During the Ferrari’s Christmas celebration event, team principal Mattia Binotto said the initial information about next year’s car, confirming plans for a mid-February launch.

“The car will be presented middle of February,” Binotto said. “We have not decided yet the date. From the 16th to the 18th of February, that will be the date, but it’s something that will be finalised in the next weeks.”

“We know that we have no references to the others and the competitors,” Binotto said. “That’s the most difficult one, we have no guide on what is going on with the others. But it’s important for me to know that we are reaching our objectives and it’s progressing to plan.

“We know that the change in the regulations is a big opportunity, and for us as well, [it’s] an opportunity.

“We’ve got a budget cap since 2021 which will be even more restrictive next year, again a big challenge. But on all of that, I have to say the team is well organised and, for me, working strong.”

The Italian F1 team already confirmed that at the end of 2022 F1 season – deal close its title sponsorship agreement with Mission Winnow, a campaign belonging to long-serving partner Philip Morris International (PMI).

“I think there are many opportunities on which we may collaborate with them, keeping them as partners,” Binotto said. “We have options on the table at the moment, and we are still talking with them. They will hopefully remain still as a strong partner.

“But it will take some more days and some more weeks. At the moment, there is not very much I can announce.”

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2022 F1 season: New F1 car launch dates

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Another exciting Formula 1 season coming with vital regulations changes in 2022 F1 world championship. Rules are being altered hugely for 2022 and beyond, that means the F1 cars will all look significantly different in every inches.

Aston Martin – February 10

McLaren – February 11

Ferrari – February 17

Alfa Romeo – To Be Announced

AlphaTauri – TBA

Alpine – TBA

Haas – TBA

Mercedes –TBA

Red Bull – TBA

Ferrari the First team announced their 2022 Formula 1 car launch date – team principal Mattia Binotto confirmed that they will be reveals between 16 and 18 February, about a week before the first pre-season testing… More to follow

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Masi out of organisation chart, FIA ‘set deadline for Abu Dhabi investigation’

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FIA Formula 1 Race Director Michael Masi has been utterly criticised following his 2021 F1 final lap decisions, which was decided the driver’s championship. Masi’s strange safety car call benefitted to Max Verstappen who beaten Lewis Hamilton to F1 title.

Meanwhile, the new FIA Organisation Chart has been released for the month of January 2022, and Masi is absent on the list under the single-seater section, this is first organisation chart after newly elected FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, who replaced Jean Todt.

Initially Mercedes protested the results following the 2021 F1 season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Silver Arrows withdrew its appeal after the FIA dedicated to launching an “analysis and clarification exercise”.

Also, a ‘senior source’ said that Mercedes had a deal agreeing to drop their appeal as long as Masi and Nikolas Tombazis, the FIA’s head of single-seater technical matters, were fired.

Masi has served as the race director for F1 since March 2019 when predecessor Charlie Whiting died just days before that year’s F1 season was due to start.

Recently Sky sports reported that, FIA confirms that Abu Dhabi Grand Prix investigation will complete in early February. Even as Mercedes still claiming that Masi contravened FIA regulations in doing so. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff expressed that Hamilton being “disillusioned” after he was “robbed” of a record-breaking eighth title. The Seven-time F1 world champion has not communicated publicly or on social media in a month.

Sky Sports F1 reporter Slater said that: “They (Mercedes) want to find out what the FIA decide should be the fall-out from what went on over those final laps in Abu Dhabi where, as far as they are concerned, Lewis Hamilton lost an eighth World title because of a misreading of the rules, chiefly by race director Michael Masi.

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“I can report that three weeks is how long the FIA have set themselves to deal with this matter. Work only began in earnest on it on Monday [January 10], that’s to say this FIA commission started to interview those involved.

“This is going to go on. The FIA have told me they will not be dragging this out. It was a concern of Mercedes that it would take so long that it would jeopardise Lewis Hamilton’s pre-season, if he didn’t have these findings well in advance and could take a decision about 2022.

“They also say to me that the [internal] investigation will be thorough, objective and transparent as well. This should be done by February 3rd, at which point the FIA have a [World] Motor Sport Council meeting and hopefully they expect to announce those findings by then.”

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Audi enter F1 through McLaren buyout, Porsche will power Red Bull

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Some strong automotive news source reporting that, Audi had been tipped to buyout the McLaren F1 team. Even as the Woking based F1 squad refused there had been any change to their ownership structure.

A report from Car Magazine now claims that the deal is as good as done. In addition to Audi entering F1 through a McLaren buyout, Porsche is allegedly readying an agreement to partner with Red Bull’s F1 team once Honda’s consultancy ends.

The article suggests that one scenario is that the two teams, Audi/McLaren and Porsche/Red Bull, would then team up to fight Ferrari and Mercedes. Other teams in the running as “fallback” options are an Audi and Williams and a Porsche and Alpha Tauri or Haas team-up.

McLaren recorded a £222.9 million loss in 2020, having reported a profit of £91.1 million profit the previous year. This loss, at least partly, came as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the legacy has been 830 redundancies.

The British automotive gain McLaren Group has moved to reject these reports in an email statement stating:

“McLaren Group is aware of a news media report stating it has been sold to Audi. This is wholly inaccurate and McLaren is seeking to have the story removed.

“McLaren’s technology strategy has always involved ongoing discussions and collaboration with relevant partners and suppliers, including other carmakers, however, there has been no change in the ownership structure of the McLaren Group,” concluded the statement.

Two former Volkswagen Group executives – both appointed McLaren Group non-executive directors in early October – will steer Automotive for an interim period. They are former Porsche CEO Michael Macht, who will run the technical and operations side, and Stefan Jacoby, who also worked at GM and Mitsubishi.

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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

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