The 2021 Formula One season was one of the best in living memory as Max Verstappen took the title from Lewis Hamilton in controversial circumstances after a thrilling 22-race season.
The new season is just around the corner and with it a new generation of cars.
For all Ferrari revivals in pace, reliability and driver error, significant gaps have opened up in both championships, with Max Verstappen and Red Bull clearly leading in both.
When is the next race?
With F1 on its traditional summer break, the next race to take place is the Belgian Grand Prix, which runs from Friday 26th August to Sunday 28th August.
What is the current standing?
Will there be sprint races this year?
After testing three sprint qualifying races in 2021, F1 proposed doubling to six for the upcoming season. However, after a meeting on February 14, it was confirmed that only three sprint races would be held in 2022, subject to approval by the World Motor Sport Council.
Luckily and sensibly, the FIA also changed the event’s official name to ‘Sprint’ instead of ‘Sprint Qualifying’. You will be present at the following runs.
round 4, Imola
round 11, Austria
round 22, Brazil
This year, however, there will be more points on offer. Last year it was a 3-2-1 setup for first, second and third place, but this year points will be awarded through eighth place, with points gradually decreasing from eight points for first place.
The sprint races will be approximately 100km long – or about a third of a Grand Prix distance – and will be held on Saturday, with the traditional three-part qualifying session setting the starting grid for the sprint and taking place on Friday.
Another minor change is that the driver who leads qualifying on Friday when these sprint races take place gets pole position, not the winner of the sprint.
What is the driver line-up like?
Unlike previous years, there are very few driver changes this season, with seven of the 10 teams keeping the same line-up, two teams making a change (Williams and Mercedes) and one team an all-new line-up (Alfa Romeo).
The only newcomer is Alfa Romeo’s Guanyu Zhou, who becomes the first driver from China to compete in Formula 1. Alexander Albon returns for Williams after two seasons with Toro Rosso and Red Bull in 2019 and 2020.
Mercedes: Lewis Hamilton (44) and George Russel (63)
RedBull: Max Verstappen (33) and Sergio Perez (11)
Ferrari: Carlos Sainz (55) and Charles Leclerc (55)
McLaren: Lando Norris (4) and Daniel Ricciardo (3)
Alpine: Fernando Alonso (14) and Esteban Ocon (31)
AlphaTauri: Pierre Gasly (10) and Yuki Tsunoda (22)
Aston Martin: Sebastian Vettel (5) and Lance Stroll (18)
Williams: Nicholas Latifi (6) and Alexander Albon (23)
Alfa Romeo: Valtteri Bottas (77) and Guanyu Zhou (24)
Hass: Mick Schumacher (47) and Kevin Magnussen (20)
What is the full calendar?
18-20 March: Bahrain Grand Prixsakhir
25-27 March: Saudi Arabian Grand PrixJeddah
April 8-10: Australian Grand PrixMelbourne
22-24 April: Grand Prix of Emilia-RomagnaImola
6th-8th May: Miami Grand PrixMiami
20-22 May: Spanish Grand PrixCatalonia
27-29 May: Monaco Grand PrixMonte Carlo
10-12 June: Azerbaijan Grand PrixBaku
17-19 June: Canadian Grand PrixMontreal
1st-3rd July: British Grand Prixsilverstone
8th-10th July: Grand Prix of AustriaSpielberg
22-24 July: French Grand PrixLe Castellet
29-31 July: Hungarian Grand PrixBudapest
26-28 August: Belgian Grand PrixSpa Francorchamps
September 2nd to 4th: Dutch Grand PrixZandvoort
September 9th to 11th: Italian Grand PrixMonza
30 September to 2 October: Singapore Grand PrixSingapore
7th-9th October: Japanese Grand Prixsuzuka
21-23 October: United States Grand Prixaustin
28-30 October: Mexico City Grand PrixMexico City
11-13 November: Sao Paulo Grand Prix, intermediate lagos
November 18-20: Abu Dhabi Grand PrixYasMarina
How to see the season
As has been the case for some time, Sky Sports F1 has near-exclusive broadcasting rights in the UK for the season. They show all training sessions, qualification sessions, sprint qualifications and races throughout the season.
Channel 4 will return to show its extended qualifying and racing highlights, with the British Grand Prix broadcast live in July.
If you are outside the UK you may be able to subscribe to F1’s own F1TV throughout the season for a monthly fee.