A little more than two months remain before the start of the new season of Formula 1 – a good time to make predictions. Changes in the technical regulations could significantly affect the balance of power, but the journalists on the championship website made an attempt to make five bold predictions for the 2022 season.
1. Four world champions will finish the season in the top six
We have seen this before, and will see it again – when the regulations change, experienced riders quickly adapt and gain an advantage.
In 2022, Max Verstappen will become even stronger and continue the confrontation with Lewis Hamilton, the most successful driver of all time. There is no doubt that these two will again take the first two places in the individual standings at the end of the season – it remains to be seen in what sequence.
Fernando Alonso confidently spent the season after returning to Formula 1 – regularly earning points and went up to the podium. The Spaniard will continue to shine in 2022 and will help Alpine climb to fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship and finish the season in the top six.
It may sound fantastic, but Sebastian Vettel will finish the new season in the top 6. The four-time world champion is comfortable in Aston Martin, he climbed to the podium last season, and if the team puts a competitive car at his disposal in 2022, then Vettel will do the job.
2. Each team will go up to the podium
It is noteworthy that in 2021 the pilots of eight teams climbed to the podium – only representatives of Alfa Romeo and Haas were not in the top three, but in the new season the situation may be different.
Racers Mercedes and Red Bull will continue to climb the podium more often than others, but representatives of Ferrari and McLaren will make serious competition for them. Teams Alpine, AlphaTauri and Aston Martin will close the gap and use their chances, while Williams will be able to repeat last year’s Belgian Grand Prix miracle at least once.
At Haas, it’s all about building a 2022 machine that could bear fruit. The arrival of Valtteri Bottas at Alfa Romeo should increase the team’s chances of getting into the top three.
3. George Russell will finish the season in the top three
This forecast does not seem bold, but rather expected, because George Russell will join the team, which has won the Constructors’ Cup for eight consecutive seasons. In Bahrain in 2020, in his only race at the moment with Mercedes, George nearly won.
George Russell has already demonstrated that it will not take him long to get comfortable with the team – he will fight Lewis Hamilton from the very beginning, which will only help the team move forward. It will be very interesting to watch this pair of partners and how their confrontation will affect the fight against Red Bull and the rest.
4. Carlos Sainz will win the first race of his career
Apart from the two contenders for the title, Carlos Sainz was one of the best riders of the past season. Ask Sebastian Vettel or Daniel Riccardo how difficult it is to get used to the new team – Carlos had no problems adapting.
The Spaniard surpassed all expectations, earning points in fifteen races in a row and taking the podium three times. He quickly found an approach to a new car for himself, squeezed the maximum out of it and helped in modernization. These qualities will help him in 2022.
Yes, at the beginning of last year, Carlos made several mistakes, but by the middle of the season he found an approach. The trajectory of progress is rapidly leading Carlos to victory – if the car is fast, then there should be more than one victory.
5.Yuki Tsunoda will take the podium more than once
The debut season of Yuki Tsunoda did not bring the results that Helmut Marko had hoped for, but at the end of the year, the Japanese rider reversed the negative trend for himself, demonstrating that he had everything he needed to fight at the highest level.
In his last seven GPs, Yuki has made six qualifying finals, finishing the final race of the season in fourth place, the best result in his still short career. This result can be decisive, because after Abu Dhabi he should feel great confidence in himself.
If in the new season AlphaTauri manages to build a fast car again, then Yuki will be able to surprise many by going to the podium more than once.
Source: Формула 1 на F1News.ru by www.f1news.ru.
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