Formula 1 season 2022 – Lewis Hamilton v Max Verstappen, Mercedes v Red Bull, rules, full 23 race schedule

Red Bull’s Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen returns for his first title defense of 2022. Lewis Hamilton has swallowed his disappointment at getting back behind the wheel with Mercedes, and many expect him to be the main Dutchman’s rival for the upcoming campaign.

There’s a 23-race schedule ahead of us, with rule changes to contend with, new designs, new stables in the squads and plenty of drama to come.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming season.

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Who are the Formula 1 teams and drivers for 2022?


  • Lewis Hamilton – #44
  • George Russell – #63

Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen – #1
  • Sergio Perez – #11


  • Charles Leclerc – #16
  • Carlos Sainz – #55


  • Daniel Ricciardo – #3
  • Lando Norris – #4


  • Fernando Alonso – #14
  • Esteban Ocon – #31

Alpha Tauri

  • Pierre Gasly – #10
  • Yuki Tsunoda – #22

Aston Martin

  • Sebastien Vettel – #5
  • Spear Stroll – #18


  • Nicolas Latifi – #6
  • Alex Albon– #23

Alfa Romeo

  • Zhou Guanyu – #24
  • Valtteri Bottas – #77


  • Kevin Magnussen – #20
  • Mick Schumacher– #47

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What are the rule changes for the 2022 Formula 1 season?

power units

As part of the shift to a more environmentally friendly Formula 1, changes were introduced to improve the durability of the cars. Given the amount of travel around the world during the season, the carbon dioxide generated by a full motorsport season is far from negligible. Lewis Hamilton’s switch to a plant-based diet is an example of how the sport is trying to mitigate its impacts, but it remains a reputational and environmental concern.

One of the changes introduced was a hybrid power unit eight years ago, and on the horizon for 2026 is a sustainable hybrid engine that is more efficient at reducing pollution.

With work to do getting them live and ready, the teams agreed to discontinue development of the current power units in order to cut expenses and work on the next big thing.

Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

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Reduced budget

As well as reducing the sport’s pollutants and environmental impacts, Formula 1 has also attempted to reduce the costs of running a team in order to widen participation.

To this end, a budget cap has been introduced, with a gradual reduction in order to allow the wealthiest teams to reduce their expenses without having to make drastic cuts. Last year, the 2021 budget was $145 million, and it has been reduced, on a pro-rata basis, by an additional $5 million for the next campaign.

However, with a 23-race season for the upcoming season, an additional $1.2 million was added for every 21 race, meaning the cap was finalized at $142.4 million.

New tires

Tire size has been increased from 13 inches to 18 inches, although other rules have been added to the use and preparation of these new tires.

The front tires could be heated to 100 degrees Celsius, for 2022 this was reduced to 70 degrees, and the rear tires were reduced from 80 degrees to 70.

The reduction in heating is supposed to reduce the energy used by teams, but it will force drivers to work harder to warm up their sets when they start and join races.

2022 Formula 1 racing calendar

  • Bahrain, 18-20 March
  • Saudi Arabia, March 25-27
  • Australia, April 8-10
  • Italy, 22-24 April
  • United States, May 6-8
  • Spain, 20-22 May
  • Monaco, 27-29 May
  • Azerbaijan, 10-12 June
  • Canada, June 17-19
  • Great Britain, July 1-3
  • Austria, July 8-10
  • France, July 22-24
  • Hungary, July 29-31
  • Belgium, August 26-28
  • Netherlands, September 2-4
  • Italy, September 9-11
  • Singapore, September 30-October 2
  • Japan, October 7-9
  • United States, October 21-23
  • Mexico, October 28-30
  • Brazil, November 11-13
  • Abu Dhabi, November 18-20

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