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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75, George Russell, Mercedes W13, the rest of the field at the start
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The strengths and weakness of the F1 field halfway through 2022 - and what's next

At the midpoint of the 2022 season, several trends have emerged with the latest breed of Formula 1 cars. Here's what each team should be focused on in the remaining races of the campaign

If you can believe it, the 2022 Formula 1 season is already halfway through its allotted run-time. In its yearly global criss-crossing, F1 has had the opening salvo of rounds in the Middle East, Australia, Europe, and North America, and will continue its European leg either side of the August summer break prior to races in Asia, South America and a return close to where the season began for the Abu Dhabi curtain fall.

Around the mammoth task of working out upgrade timings with F1’s worldwide logistics, the teams have had to get their teeth into the problems raised by the return to ground effects. It’s been an already gargantuan effort to dial out the early problems with porpoising and, now that most teams have seen the back of the vertical shaking, they can focus their undivided attention on coaxing performance out of the car.

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