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Formula 1 Barcelona February Testing
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The state of the early 2022 F1 pecking order as Barcelona testing ends

With new rules, new cars and new drivers, plenty has happened over the three days of running at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Here, Autosport takes stock after the first of Formula 1's pre-season tests in 2022

No matter how interesting the new cars are, Formula 1 is of no significance compared to the horror of war breaking out in Ukraine. But, what it can do, hopefully, is provide the escapism of sport – even during testing.

New designs, new drivers, new rules returning to an old problem – there has been plenty to dig into over the three days of running at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. As ever, the usual caveats of testing apply, as all the teams and drivers are keen to point out at every available opportunity. Everyone is somewhere and everyone is nowhere.

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