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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 12: Race winner and 2021 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 12, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Lessons to be Learned from 2021 F1 season

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 12: Race winner and 2021 F1 World Drivers Champion Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 12, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Another Formula 1 season and a new champion has been crowned and Sportsbooks already have Lewis Hamilton as the favourite to regain the title he lost to Max Verstappen. What can we expect to see in 2022?

Perhaps it should see the learning of mistakes made in 2021.

It was a rather unsatisfactory title win for Verstappen and not just because of what happened in Abu Dhabi. Don’t think we’ve forgotten the ridiculous two-lap race that he won in Belgium.

That and the crazy end to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix both went his way to help him win his first world title. Maybe we should have a ‘behind the safety car’ world championship?

You can just imagine the joy of those who had bet on Verstappen to win the title. With Hamilton on his way to victory in Abu Dhabi, in-play betting on the race saw some very short odds fail to produce wins. Those anyone had tried their luck on Verstappen somehow winning the race would have had a big smile on their face.

2021 was an exciting season though and a great if not hazardous one to bet on. Using a bet365 promo code is a great idea for 2022. Barring appeals, Verstappen will begin 2022 as the defending champion. He may have won the drivers’ title, but it was Mercedes who again won the constructors’ championship.

Bookmakers will again have them as favourites to win but can Red Bull beat the odds and get past them?

Mercedes will have a new F1 line-up with Russell taking over from Bottas

Red Bull will have the same team for the 2022 season. Mercedes will have a new line-up though with George Russell taking over from Valtteri Bottas. It’s a big step up for the British driver who earned 16 points driving for Williams in the 2021 season.

Russell is a highly promising driver though and he won’t forget his one and only Grand Prix racing for Mercedes last season. He stood in for Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix and finished ninth, after qualifying in second. Having the wrong tyres put on his Mercedes and then having a slow puncture with the correct ones ruined an impressive weekend. He has the talent to earn plenty of points for Mercedes in 2022.

Valtteri Bottas moves to Alfa Romeo who finished ninth in the Constructors’ championship this year. Bottas probably should have achieved more at Mercedes, and you can bet he’ll struggle for points in 2022. His new team earned only 13 points this season, 213 less than Bottas.

Another change for 2022 isn’t with drivers but power units. There’ll be no Honda next year with their engine programme being taken over by Red Bull. Get used to the name Red Bull Powertrains Limited from now on.

There are some big changes to the 2022 F1 calendar

There will be 23 races next season and the date to put in your spanking new diary is March 20. That’s when the Bahrain Grand Prix will take place. It’s going to be an earlier finish with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix again closing the season, but this time on November 20. Get that safety car ready now!

There are some big changes to the 2022 calendar. We’ll see the return of the Australian, Japanese, Singapore, and Canadian races. America has another race with the Miami Grand Prix due to take place on May 8. There’ll be no Portuguese, Turkish, or Styrian races next year. Sports fans will be busy betting on the soccer World Cup next year, so there’s no race in its host Qatar in 2022.

When you bet on F1, it’s not so much placing wagers on the best drivers of course. You can be the best driver in the world but if their car isn’t up to the job, then don’t bet on them winning the race. 2022 is due to see some big changes when it comes to technical regulations.

All fans want is to see some close racing and not manipulated finishes

The aim is to prevent one team having too dominant a car. After all the processions seen in recent years by Mercedes and with 20 out of 22 races this year won by Mercedes and Red Bull, it’s something that is needed.

The use of ground effect is due to return for the first time since the 1980s. Bodyworks will have a simpler look to them with other changes to the aerodynamics. All a bit technical for the fans who just want to watch some racing. If it does create a more level playing field, that’s no bad thing. We’ll believe it when we see it though.

All fans want is to see some close racing and not manipulated finishes. The FIA are right when saying that what happened in Abu Dhabi has “tarnished the image” of the sport. 2022 will hopefully give us exciting racing, more teams winning and rules not appearing to be being made up as you go along.