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Beginner’s Guide to Formula 1

A beginner’s guide to Formula 1. Now is the time to start watching Formula 1. After Max Verstappen won the 2021 world championship on the last lap of the final race, interest in 2022 is high.

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This season, Verstappen’s biggest challenger is Ferrari, not Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton.

New vehicles and new rules will promote more action and tighter racing with improved aerodynamics.

Sporting News answers all questions from newcomers to F1.

Formula 1

Formula 1 is the biggest single-seater racing series. F1 uses open-wheel cars on permanent and street tracks. F1 races in classic locations like the UK, Monaco, Italy and Belgium, plus Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the Netherlands and Azerbaijan.

Ten teams with two drivers compete in F1. It’s a league table with points accumulated throughout the season (more on that later).

The FIA ​​has sanctioned the world championship since 1950. Teams develop their own cars each year, in accordance with FIA standards. They make fast-turning automobiles. F1 cars average 320 km/h (200 mph) in a straight line.

Formula 1 drivers have risked their lives over its 70-year history. Over the past few decades, automotive safety has increased with improvements such as the cockpit halo.

What is Formula 2?

F1’s feeder series, Formula 2, is the last step for junior drivers before F1. The series uses the same vehicles, tires and engines, so the drivers must deliver on track.

F2 races on Grand Prix weekends as F1’s back-up series. In 2022, F2 will have 14 rounds and two races per race weekend.

A sprint race will follow F1 qualifying on Saturday. The top 10 F2 qualifiers are reversed and the race lights up feathered. The main race is on Sunday. The grid is set by F2 qualifying and pit stops are required.

Who will race in F1 in 2022?

Ten teams and 20 drivers fill the 2022 grid. They will fight for the constructors’ and drivers’ titles.

This year’s grid features four world champions, including Max Verstappen. Lewis Hamilton, who is aiming for a record seventh world title, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso are also part of the squad.

George Russell joined Hamilton at Mercedes this year. He replaces Valtteri Bottas at Alfa Romeo. After a year’s absence, Albon returns to F1. He raced for Red Bull for two years. 2022 saw him join Williams.

Guanyu Zhou was the first Chinese F1 driver for Alfa Romeo. Nikita Mazepin was scheduled to race for Haas in 2022, but the team canceled his contract due to the invasion of Ukraine. Also, he ended his title partnership Uralkali. Kevin Magnussen returned to F1 with Haas in 2019.

Who pays F1 drivers?

F1 drivers earn big salaries and endorsement deals. Existing contracts range from $500,000 to $50 million per year.

In 2022, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will earn $50 million a year. Verstappen has been awarded a new contract with Red Bull until 2028. His contract is the biggest in the sport.

Rookie Yuki Tsunoda was the lowest paid driver of 2021 with $500,000 from AlphaTauri.

How many F1 races are there in 2022?

F1 will race at 23 circuits in 22 countries in 2022. Due to the invasion of Ukraine, the Russian Grand Prix has been cancelled, leaving 22 races in 21 countries. A replacement race is unknown.

2022 started with the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir International Circuit. The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be held at Yas Marina Circuit on November 20, much like last season.

What happens at F1 races?

A race weekend is from Friday to Sunday. Three one-hour free practice sessions take place during the weekend: two on Friday (FP1 and FP2) and one on Saturday morning (FP3).

An hour of qualification takes place on Saturday afternoon. The grid for Sunday’s race is below.

The race is the main event of the weekend and where points are awarded. Drivers race for 190 miles (305 km) in two hours, but red flags can add up to four hours (i.e. the race must be suspended due to an accident).

Racing includes pit stops and fuel management. Accidents cause virtual safety cars and safety vehicles (i.e. no overtaking and limited speed).

What is the F1 Sprint?

In 2021, F1 has planned and tested a sprint format across three race weekends to increase entertainment value. The format will return in 2022. Sprints add additional race action and adjust the grid for Sunday with a reduced race on Saturday.

Friday’s qualifying, traditionally contested on Saturday, will establish the sprint grid. The first eight will earn points for the title. In a sprint weekend, the driver who finishes first in qualifying will get pole position, but the winner of the sprint will start first.

Beginner’s Guide to Formula 1

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