With major regulation changes that would set all the teams apart and see who comes out on top, the 2022 F1 calendar was always going to be an exciting one but many wouldn’t have been able to guess just how exciting it would be. With online wagering options growing with changing regulations like these options here, for example, a much wider audience is tuning in and watching than ever before with the longest racing calendar too, so what’s still to come for the 2022 season and what’s to be expected in the near future?
Ferrari could hold their dominating lead – One of the teams that look as if they’ve managed to get everything right is Ferrari, being able to hold a fantastic race pace and looking quicker than every other car on the grid, backed by Charles Leclerc leading the team and posting huge results to start – whilst teams will start bringing upgrades to close the gap, Ferrari is in a great spot to increase their lead if they’re able to get the car lower and reduce the impact of porpoising too, and may put the team in a great position to take the championship.
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Red Bull reliability woes – With Verstappen looking to claim a second championship and showing the hunger in the first few races with a fantastic battle against Leclerc upfront, it seems the car isn’t quite ready for the push just yet with two DNF’s in the first three races. Whilst the Red Bull team has stated they don’t exactly know what the issue is yet, it does seem to be with the fueling, but a frustrated Verstappen feels he’s already fallen too far behind to make a dent, but there’s still plenty of seasons left to go with 20 races remaining, and so plenty of time for Red Bull to fix their issues.
Mercedes still have time to come back, too – The biggest team to get things wrong was certainly Mercedes, with a PU that doesn’t seem up to the task just yet and one of the worst sufferers of the porpoising issue, it was looking to be a long season ahead. Despite this, George Russell has managed to secure himself position 2 in the driver’s championship, and Mercedes is holding the second position too – upgrade packages are still yet to come for the outfit and could drastically change the season, and getting the changes right could look to lead to a three-way battle up the front between Ferrari, Mercedes, and Red Bull if all teams are able to make the right choices.