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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Alfa Romeo has become the first Formula 1 team to reveal a new car for 2023, in addition to a fresh livery. This offered a first look at some of the understated changes produced by the revised regulations, along with points of convergence in the second year of the ground effect rules
In the hands of Ayrton Senna the actively suspended 99T would be the last F1 race-winning Lotus but, as STUART CODLING reveals, it was a complicated machine that caused more problems than it solved
Formula 1’s transformation into a global sport meant the gradual extinction for a small team determined to stay true to its low-budget roots. But Tyrrell would eventually be reborn as a world-beating outfit again, explains MAURICE HAMILTON, albeit in different colours…
Many doubted Lewis Hamilton’s move from McLaren to Mercedes for the 2013 Formula 1 season. But the journey he’s been on since has taken the Briton to new heights - and to a further six world championship titles
OPINION: With teams outside the top three having struggled in Formula 1 in recent seasons, the rules changes introduced in 2022 should have more of an impact this season. How well Haas does, as the poster child for the kind of team that F1 wanted to be able to challenge at the front, is crucial
OPINION: Although the central building blocks for Mercedes’ recent, long-lasting Formula 1 success were installed before he joined the team, Toto Wolff has been instrumental in ensuring it maximised its finally-realised potential after years of underachievement. The 10-year anniversary of Wolff joining Mercedes marks the perfect time to assess his work
Alpine’s signing of Pierre Gasly alongside Esteban Ocon revives memories of a famous all-French line-up, albeit in the red of Ferrari, for BEN EDWARDS. Can the former AlphaTauri man's arrival help the French team on its path back to winning ways in a tribute act to the Prancing Horse's title-winning 1983?
Mercedes missing 0.2-0.3s in "pure performance" to Ferrari, Red Bull
The F1 wing changes helping Alpine target Mercedes
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