Formula 1 Sketches Dramatic Plan for 2022 Pre-Season Testing

Published 11/01/2021, 5:41 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 The new 2022 F1 car is unveiled during a promotional photoshoot REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


The season is drawing to an end with four races to go before the finale in Abu Dhabi. As always, Formula 1 keeps one foot in the future, as the 2022 season brings a lot of changes with it. This will also include the very first time we would see the redesigned cars hit the tarmac- the pre-season testings. The two tests will be held as usual, but with changes in its media coverage and location.

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The 2022 F1 cars will have their first round of testing at Barcelona, held between the 23rd and 25th of February. However, the cars will not be unveiled then. The session will have no media coverage barring a summary at the end of each day. This will expand the print and online media viewership.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 (L – R) Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso, McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez and Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll and Sebastian Vettel pose during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

The second session, however, will be grand. Held in Bahrain, the session will commence on March 11th and will go on for two days. After the modifications made after the first round of testing, the teams will finally lift the sheets on their cars.

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The big reveal will be done in grand style with trumpets and drums. To build the hype around the session, Bahrain has put up the ante in Formula 1. However, the organizers in Bahrain wouldn’t have done this if the session in Spain was being televised.

A sensational 2022 Formula 1 season ahead

The next season is going to be a big one. Not only is the grid as competitive as ever, but the new regulations have everyone excited about yet another season of action-packed racing. A new Formula 1 era is on the horizon.

The uncovering of the 2022 design already had fans thrilled about what looks like an aggressive car. The FIA promised closer racing, and that’s what everyone is looking forward to.

Ferrari has been the most open about its developments for the next season; with the response, the team has received from the new model. It looks like the car is going to be an absolute beast on the track.

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Although the regulations looked to ensure uniformity, the McLaren team principal believes otherwise, Andreas Seidl had revealed, “The cars will look different in various aspects. I also believe that you will recognize differences between the individual teams.”

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With the design now open to interpretation, the first test in Barcelona is going to be an interesting one. However, all eyes will be glued to the second session in Bahrain.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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