Last Updated: 07/03/22 9:52am
With the arrival of those all-new cars and concepts, the winter testing schedule returns to six days for 2022.
The first three days will be staged at F1’s favoured testing haunt of Spain’s Circuit de Catalunya in late February, with the programme concluding in the warmer climes of Bahrain the week before the season-opening race at the same venue.
Formula 1 had planned to hit another new record this year with 23 races on the schedule for the first time – but the Russian Grand Prix has subsequently been cancelled. Miami in early May is the exciting new addition, on a track on the site of the Hard Rock Stadium, while there are scheduled returns for Australia, Canada, Singapore and Japan for the first time in three years.
Bahrain opens the campaign for the second year in succession, with the British GP on the first weekend of July, and a mid-November conclusion in Abu Dhabi. The whole season is live on Sky Sports F1.
20 March: Bahrain (Sakhir)
27 March: Saudi Arabia (Jeddah)
10 April: Australia (Melbourne)
24 April: Emilia Romagna (Imola)
8 May: Miami (Miami)
22 May: Spain (Barcelona)
29 May: Monaco (Monaco)
12 June: Azerbaijan (Baku)
19 June: Canada (Montreal)
3 July: Great Britain (Silverstone)
10 July: Austria (Spielberg)
24 July: France (Le Castellet)
31 July: Hungary (Budapest)
28 August: Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
4 September: Netherlands (Zandvoort)
11 September: Italy (Monza)
2 October: Singapore (Marina Bay)
9 October: Japan (Suzuka)
23 October: USA (Austin)
30 October: Mexico (Mexico City)
13 November: Brazil (Sao Paulo)
20 November: Abu Dhabi (Yas Marina)
A technical revolution on the track but only an evolution from 2021’s driver line-up, with just four of the grid’s 20 seats changing hands over the winter.
The most significant is at Mercedes where George Russell has joined from Williams to replace Valtteri Bottas, who has moved on to Alfa Romeo. Provided Lewis Hamilton returns as scheduled, it will be an all-British line-up at Mercedes. Bottas meanwhile is team-mate to 2022’s only rookie – Guanyu Zhou, China’s first F1 race driver – while Russell’s replacement at Williams is the returning Alex Albon.
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