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Five Predictions for the 2022 F1 Campaign

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The dust has barely settled on the incredible conclusion to the 2021 Formula 1 season, and already mouths are salivating at the prospect for a renewal of Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton’s ferocious rivalry.

The rule changes that will govern the sport in 2022 could take some time to bed in, and it will be interesting to see how each team and driver responds to the new regulatory framework.

Interestingly, the bookmakers are tipping Hamilton to finally get his hands on that record eighth world title, with the Paddy Power site pricing the Brit at odds of 4/5 to regain the Drivers’ Championship and his employer Mercedes at odds of 4/9 to dominate the constructors’ standings.

So what will become of the 2022 campaign? Here are five predictions that may or may not play out as expected.

Edge of Your Seat

The changes to the rules will lead to modifications in F1 cars that are, ostensibly, designed to improve their environmental performance. But of those changes, the change to ground effect aerodynamics will have a stabilising impact upon cars in close proximity to another – in short, overtaking will be easier by taking away the car in front’s advantage.

The best vehicles and drivers will still thrive, but the races themselves could be spectacular, unpredictable events that will only build on the brilliance of 2021.

Red Bull’s Wings Clipped?

It’s no secret that Red Bull ploughed resources into making Verstappen a world champion last season. However, with the rule changes, while it’s not quite back to the drawing board, there will be technical changes that the firm has to make to their car. How quickly those changes can be embedded will determine whether the Dutchman can retain his world title.

They have deep pockets and a background well versed in aerodynamics, so let’s not be too hasty to write them off.

Back-Up Brit

What will become of George Russell as he takes up the second seat at Mercedes?

For many who watched the up-and-comer’s ascent, great things are anticipated. There are some who even believe he can thrust himself into the Hamilton-Verstappen war.

Whether that’s the case as soon in 2022 remains to be seen, but Russell showed enough in his ‘audition’ for the German firm at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix, qualifying in second place and recording the fastest lap on race day, to suggest he has a bright future at F1’s top table.

Prancing Horse Hot to Trot

There are those who believe that Ferrari will be amongst the teams that benefit the most from the 2022 rule changes. The cars will be visually and technically different, and it’s felt that the innovation within Ferrari’s back office team, even with a reduced headcount due to the new salary cap. will enable the Italian outfit to hit the ground running hard.

It helps that they have two quality operators in Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in the drivers’ seats too, and while they may not challenge Mercedes and Red Bull for supremacy, it’s expected that better days are around the corner for Ferrari.

Consistent Norris to Improve Further

While Daniel Ricciardo struggled in 2021, Lando Norris offered a snapshot of both of his talents and the qualities that McLaren still have to offer. Indeed, had Ricciardo performed better, the firm might well have taken the ‘best of the rest’ slot behind Mercedes and Red Bull, powered by the uber-consistent Norris.

He racked up four podium finishes, and just as impressively, he only finished outside the top ten in two of his 22 outings. If McLaren kicks in in 2022, Norris looks set to be the chief beneficiary.