Less than a week to go until the Bahrain Grand Prix, the first act of the 2022 World Championship . The wait is over, a new era of the highest formula is upon us with many unknowns that will be revealed only on Sunday when the five red lights go out.
Let’s find out the 2022 entry list in which there is no shortage of news. Unfortunately we will not have our representatives after the end of Antonio Giovinazzi’s adventure in the ‘Circus’, on the full-time track in Formula E with Dragon / Penske.
Ferrari will try to bring back to the ‘Bel Paese’ a title that has been missing since 2008 as far as the constructors are concerned, a very long fast that could end with the infinite regulatory changes that we have learned about in the pre-season tests of Manama and Barcelona. The Monegasque Charles Leclerc # 14 and the Spaniard Carlos Sainz # 55 are expected at the start, an established couple that we know well. For Italy we must never forget the AlphaTauri, team that will propose the Japanese Yuki Tsunoda # 22 and the French Pierre Gasly.
The team from Faenza will remain the satellite formation of the Austrians of Red Bull, a team that reports area # 1 in the maximum formula. The Dutch Max Verstappen in fact leaves the # 33 for the symbol of the leader, we have to go back to 2014 to find this icon for the Milton Keynes team. Confirmations, however, for the Mexican Sergio Perez # 11, faithful teammate of the World Cup holder.
Mercedes, in addition to returning in the iconic silver color, will be more English than ever. The Stuttgart team will see seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton on stage, the undisputed master of # 44 which he has never abandoned in recent years.
Next to the multiple English champion we will no longer see the # 77 of the Finnish Valtteri Bottas, but the # 63 of George Russell. The Finn will join Alfa Romeo, but don’t be fooled by the name. The Swiss team is ready to return without the # 7 of Finnish Kimi Raikkonen, a veteran who gives way to rookie Guanyu Zhou. The first Chinese in history, the only newcomer of the group, chose # 24 for the first vintage in the ‘Circus’.
Two other names stand out among the former F1 world champions: Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso . The German, on stage with Aston Martin, will take the # 5 on the grid and share the box with the Canadian Lance Stroll, while the Iberian of Alpine will race with the # 14. The two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will find the French Esteban Ocon with the # 31.
McLaren is expected to do battle, the tests have shown an excellent pace for the Woking brand. The British Lando Norris chases the first acute in F1 keeping the # 4 , a mission not impossible. Attention also to the Australian Daniel Ricciardo who returns with the # 3 . This number is extremely significant for the Perth native, the same as his great idol Dale Earnhardt, one of the three drivers in history to have excelled seven times in the NASCAR Cup Series. The figures are icons of American racing, but there is a subtle difference between stars and stripes racing and F1. In the USA it is in fact the team that has a certain number, in the maximum formula it is the driver who chooses (only the champion can use the # 1).
The Thai Alexander Albon keeps the # 23 and returns to work after a season in the DTM with Ferrari (AF Corse). The former Red Bull standard bearer will compete with Williams alongside Canadian Nicholas Latifi # 6. The # 47, on the other hand, was adopted by the German Mick Schumacher who is preparing for the second year of F1 with Team Haas.
The Americans, despite all the problems that affected the last period with the sacking of the Russian Nikita Mazepin, have chosen Kevin Magnussen # 20. Almost as a surprise call for the Dane who returns to the maximum formula after having raced in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a Cadillac of Chip Ganassi Racing. The 29-year-old native of Roskilde should have competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the premier class with Peugeot, plans have changed in recent weeks following a delay in the program of the French brand which should make its debut in the World Championship starting from the Monza race next July. .
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP F1 2022
Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo # 24)
Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo # 77)
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri Team # 10)
Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri Stable # 22)
Fernando Alonso (Alpine # 14)
Esteban Ocon (Alpine # 31)
Charles Leclerdc (Ferrari # 16)
Carlos Sainz (Ferrari # 55)
Lando Norris (McLaren # 4)
Daniel Ricciardo ((McLaren # 3)
Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing # 1)
Sergio Perez (Red Bull Racing # 11)
Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin # 5)
Lance Stroll (Aston Martin # 18)
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes # 44)
George Russell (Mercedes # 63)
Nicholas Latifi (Williams # 6)
Alexander Albon (Williams # 23)
Mick Schumacher (Haas # 47)
Kevin Magnussen (Haas # 20)