Formula 1 2022: Schedule, Teams & Where To Watch In India
F1 racing is back with a bang in 2022! The FIA Formula One World Championship 2022 is a projected motor racing sport for Formula One vehicles. It will be the championship's 73rd season. It is recognised as the highest level of competition for open-wheel racing vehicles by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the regulatory body of international motorsport. In fact, it is one of the few international sports that can be streamed live in India.
About F1 Championship
The F1 championship will be fought across twenty-three Grands Prix staged around the globe, and it will conclude sooner than in previous years in order to avoid clashing with the FIFA World Cup. Drivers and teams will compete for the World Drivers' and World Constructors' Championships, respectively.
It is projected that the 2022 tournament will see substantial revisions to the sport's technical requirements. These improvements were originally scheduled to take effect in 2021 but were postponed until 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Max Verstappen is the reigning Drivers' Champion for Red Bull Racing, while Mercedes is the reigning Constructors' Champion.
If you’re in need of speed and adventure, keep reading our article to learn more about the F1 race and where you can stream them in India.
Formula 1 Schedule For 2022
The F1 schedule for 2022 has twenty-three events, which are subject to the terms of the contract among race organizers as well as the Formula One Group for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, as well as permissive COVID-19 norms established by local authorities and the Formula One Group.
Check out the detailed Formula 1 standings and schedule for the rest of the year:
|Round||Grand Prix||Circuit||Race date|
|1||Bahrain Grand Prix||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir||20 March|
|2||Saudi Arabian Grand Prix||Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah||27 March|
|3||Australian Grand Prix||Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne||10 April|
|4||Emilia Romagna Grand Prix[d]||Imola Circuit, Imola||24 April|
|5||Miami Grand Prix||Miami International Autodrome, Miami Gardens, Florida[e]||8 May|
|6||Spanish Grand Prix||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló||22 May|
|7||Monaco Grand Prix||Circuit de Monaco, Monaco||29 May|
|8||Azerbaijan Grand Prix||Baku City Circuit, Baku||12 June|
|9||Canadian Grand Prix||Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montréal||19 June|
|10||British Grand Prix||Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone||3 July|
|11||Austrian Grand Prix||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg||10 July|
|12||French Grand Prix||Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet||24 July|
|13||Hungarian Grand Prix||Hungaroring, Mogyoród||31 July|
|14||Belgian Grand Prix||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot||28 August|
|15||Dutch Grand Prix||Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort||4 September|
|16||Italian Grand Prix||Monza Circuit, Monza||11 September|
|17||Singapore Grand Prix||Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore||2 October|
|18||Japanese Grand Prix||Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka||9 October|
|19||United States Grand Prix||Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas||23 October|
|20||Mexico City Grand Prix||Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City||30 October|
|21||São Paulo Grand Prix||Interlagos Circuit, São Paulo||13 November|
|22||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix||Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi||20 November|
The below-mentioned round has been canceled due to the ongoing Russian attack on Ukraine:
|Grand Prix||Circuit||Race date|
|Russian Grand Prix||Sochi Autodrom, Sochi||25 September|
Did You Know F1 cars can accelerate from 0 to 100 MPH and then return to zero all within 4 seconds.
Formula 1 Highlights 2022
There are some substantial changes when it comes to F1 2022, and here’s a quick breakdown of the most important highlights:
- After a two-year hiatus owing to the COVID-19 epidemic, the Australian, Canadian, Japanese, and Singapore Grands Prix rejoined the schedule.
- The Miami Grand Prix is scheduled to make its debut at Miami International Autodrome in Miami Gardens, Florida.
- The Grands Prix of Portugal, Styria, and Turkey were omitted from the list of 2022 events. These Grands Prix were introduced to the 2021 schedule particularly to accommodate the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Qatar Grand Prix, which debuted at the Losail International Circuit in the 2021 season, is not included on the 2022 schedule. The Grand Prix is scheduled to return in 2023 at a newly constructed track, after a one-year sabbatical to concentrate on hosting the FIFA World Cup.
- The Chinese Grand Prix was scheduled to be on the 2022 calendar but was omitted owing to Chinese travel limitations imposed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Grand Prix is scheduled to return in 2023.
Changes In Regulation
Michael Masi, who had functioned as race director since Charlie Whiting's death in 2019, was relieved of his duties after an investigation into the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Masi was superseded by previous DTM race manager Niels Wittich and World Endurance Championship race officials Eduardo Freitas as part of a race control restructure. The couple will alternate in the job. Herbie Blash, Whiting's former deputy, has been named the race director's permanent senior adviser.
Additionally, the FIA will implement an effective virtual race control technique, similar to the video assistant referee used in football, and also a prohibition on team contacts aimed at lobbying race officials. Radio communications among teams and FIA authorities will also be removed from television broadcasts to safeguard race officials. Formula One's Sporting Advisory Committee will review and submit new unlapping methods prior to the beginning of the season.
The technical rules for the 2022 World Championship are scheduled to be overhauled. These improvements were scheduled to take effect in 2021, with teams preparing their vehicles during 2020. However, because of the COVID-19 epidemic, the requirements were postponed until the 2022 championship.
After the postponement was announced, teams were prohibited from developing their 2022 cars during the calendar year 2020. Prior to the season, the FIA said that it expected the performance gap between the quickest and slowest teams on the grid to be reduced by half from 2021 levels.
F1 racers were consulted throughout the development of the new technical rules, which were purposefully meant to be restrictive in order to deter teams from creating radical designs that restricted drivers' overtaking potential. The FIA established a specialized Working Group, or team of engineers, entrusted with the responsibility of detecting and eliminating regulatory gaps prior to their publication.
Eliminating loopholes could theoretically prevent a single team from fielding a superior vehicle, allowing for more competitiveness throughout the field while also enhancing the cars' appearance. This mindset was one of the primary objectives of the new legislation. Adrian Newey, the designer of the Red Bull vehicle, said that the alterations were the most substantial in Formula One since the 1983 season.
Where To Watch Formula 1 Live In India
Fans who want to watch the Formula 1 2021 races live in India may do so by tuning into Star Sports Select 2 SD/HD. You can also follow the races on the following DTH channels:
- Tata Sky: Channel 465 (HD) & Channel 466 (SD)
- DishTV: Channel 604 (HD) & Channel 605 (SD)
- Video D2h: Channel 930 (HD) & Channel 431 (SD)
- Airtel Digital TV: Channel 301 (HD) & Channel 284 (SD)
- Sun Direct: Channel 988 (HD) & Channel 520 (SD)
Moreover, you can stream the races live on the Disney+ Hotstar application. While you can follow the latest Formula 1 news on the official F1 website and their social media pages, to stream the races live, you’ll need to purchase Disney+ Hotstar’s Premium plan. This plan is available at INR 399 for a year.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the Formula One Pre-Season Testing begin?
The F1 pre-season test for 2022 will start between Barcelona and Bahrain, according to Autosport. The first test of F1 Testing 2022, dubbed a shakedown, took place between February 23 and 25 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The second 2022 Formula One testing session would take place in Bahrain from 10 to 12 March, a week before the beginning of the 2022 Formula One season. Bahrain will host the first race of the 2018 Formula One season from March 18-20.
What is the time for F1 testing in India in 2022?
The location of the live broadcast of pre-season testing has not yet been announced. Fans in India may watch the live testing from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. In the United Kingdom, the 2022 Formula One Testing will take place concurrently with Bahrain. F1 testing 2022 can be viewed in the United States from 2:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
Where will the Formula One testing in Barcelona be televised?
Regrettably, there will be no live television coverage of the inaugural Formula One testing session in Barcelona. Additionally, it will lack live timing, which would be disappointing to fans. With new rules and new vehicles, many were eager to get a first look at the 2022 competitors ahead of next month's 'lights out'.
For the Barcelona test, viewers must depend on live text coverage from Formula One teams and websites to keep up with the action. The upcoming test in Bahrain, on the other hand, will have live television coverage and scheduling, similar to what we see during a Grand Prix weekend. Formula 1 has not issued an official statement explaining why the Barcelona test is being performed in secret.
What is DRS in F1?
DRS has been an essential aspect of the sport since its debut in 2011. It stands for Drag Reduction System and is an adjustable element of the rear wing that increases speed by 10–12 kmph when expanded.