This 12 months marks a pivotal second in Formulation 1. After final 12 months’s epic climax (or debacle, relying on who you ask) a giant change in laws is bringing new innovation to the grid. Groups have been laborious at work to adapt to the brand new algorithm, which goals to lower aerodynamic efficiency and produce down lap instances, whereas on the similar time enhancing the affect of a driver’s talent. The automobiles look fairly completely different from final 12 months’s, most noticeably within the extra flowing shapes of the bodywork and wings. So, as we’re gearing up in direction of the opening race at Bahrain, it’s time to undergo the 2022 grid and see which watchmaking firms we will see within the coming season.
What’s new for 2022
Earlier than we go into the main points of who’s working/sporting what, let’s take a more in-depth have a look at the largest modifications for the 2022 season. We’re not going into an excessive amount of element right here, as we solely contact on the largest modifications.
The first change is the whole redesign of the aerodynamic bundle. From entrance to again, there’s nothing left untouched from final 12 months’s automobiles. New entrance and rear wings are designed to create much less turbulence, and the newly formed flooring is meant to scale back downforce considerably. The following part of every automobile that has undergone a change is the side-pods and bargeboards. Taking a look at every workforce, will probably be very fascinating to see how the completely different designs will play out throughout a race weekend.
The ultimate essential factor to notice is the introduction of 18-inch wheels. It would sound bizarre, however for a really very long time, F1 relied on 13-inch rims fitted with a tire with a tall sidewall. So, altering the scale of the edges means altering the tires, which suggests creating new suspensions programs. And apart from that, wheel covers are allowed once more, however solely to restrict the aerodynamic disturbance of the wheel and tire, and to not enhance downforce on the automobile as an entire.
All in all, it’s shaping as much as be a really fascinating 12 months for certain, and I for one can’t look forward to the entire circus to get underway, beginning with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March twentieth. The next video explains all of the modifications intimately.
Crimson Bull Racing & Tag Heuer
The 2022 season can be a really difficult one for Crimson Bull but once more. Following the dramatic consequence of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the workforce is seeking to proceed within the wake of Max Verstappen’s championship-winning type. As Honda are now not the formal engine provider to the workforce, this 12 months will certainly have its challenges for the racing outfit from Milton Keynes. Max Verstappen, being topped champion final 12 months, will run with Nr. 1 as a substitute of Nr. 33. His teammate is Mexican driver Sergio Perez who put in a moderately stable efficiency final 12 months. When it comes to partnerships, Crimson Bull Racing continues its relationship with TAG Heuer and we’ll certainly see a number of particular editions being launched over the 12 months.
Mercedes-AMG F1 & IWC
Mercedes is decided to struggle again after final 12 months’s dramatic defeat within the World Driver’s Championship. Though it gained the Constructor’s Title, the workforce was gutted in regards to the consequence of the ultimate race and the season. It even resulted in a months-long media silence from 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. He can be joined by George Russel, and will probably be fascinating to see how briskly the teenager can take to struggle to Sir Lewis and the remainder of the entrance runners. Watch-wise, IWC stays on as a companion so we will see these Huge Pilot’s on the driving gloves throughout on-board pictures once more!
Ferrari & Richard Mille
Ferrari has arguably offered probably the greatest trying new automobiles of the 2022 grid. It seems to be very succesful and the workforce is targeted on clawing its method again to race-winning type after years of points and drama. Traditionally talking, the workforce has just about had the worst run of seasons to this point, principally because of its personal doing. And truthfully, it’s about time for a return to glory, proper? I imply, the Tiffosi desperately want one thing to cheer for and light-weight Monza ablaze once more! Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz stayed on as drivers and can be seen rocking these daring and technical Richard Mille watches once more.
Charles Leclerc with a Richard Mille on the wrist.
McLaren & Richard Mille
Richard Mille not solely has ties with Ferrari however with McLaren as properly. The workforce from Woking, England had a petty good season final 12 months and completed 4th within the standings. Properly behind the highest three groups, but additionally properly forward of the remainder. The shock win at Monza helped after all, however from time to time the workforce confirmed nice performances. With the skilled Daniel Ricciardo and golden boy Lando Norris behind the wheel, who is aware of what may occur this season! The brand new automobiles look nice, with a brand new livery and color scheme, and naturally “RICHARD MILLE” planted firmly on the aspect of the nostril.
Williams & Bremont
Personally, I’m very completely satisfied the Wiliams workforce remains to be known as Williams, after the late-great Sir Frank Williams. After severely struggling to search out its method again to haul in some factors over the past a number of years, the workforce has slowly proven enhancements right here and there. George Russel usually made it into Q2 and typically even Q3 final 12 months. With Russel departing although, it’s as much as Nicolas Latifi and former Crimson Bull protegé Alexander Albon to proceed on that very same progressive path. British watchmaking firm Bremont joined Williams Racing as an official timing companion final 12 months, which continues into the brand new season.
Alpine & Bell & Ross
Again in 2016, Parisian circle-in-a-square watch model Bell & Ross joined then Renault F1 as official timing companion. Whereas the workforce is now working below the Alpine title for its second 12 months, Bell & Ross has stayed on as companions. The workforce can depend on former World Champion Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon to pilot the brand new A522, hopefully to some podiums and attainable a win. Yearly the workforce has labored with Bell & Ross to current new watches based mostly on the workforce colors, so I’m curious to see how they are going to embrace the pink of title-sponsor BWT. However given the model’s historical past, I’m certain they’ll make it work by some means.
Scuderia Alpha Tauri & Casio
Now, it is a little bit of an odd one, I’ll admit it. Again when AlphaTauri was nonetheless named Torro Rosso, it had a partnership with Casio (particularly Casio Edifice). This 12 months although, there’s no obvious sponsorship take care of the Japanese producer however AlphaTauri does promote some branded Casio watches by its on-line webshop. With Yuki Tsunoda and Pierre Gasly staying on as drivers, the workforce is ready to enhance on final 12 months’s efficiency. And who is aware of, perhaps a Japanese driver behind the wheel of what’s primarily nonetheless a Honda-powered automobile will lure in a Japanese watch firm once more.
Alfa Romeo & Riot
Alfa Romeo is the one workforce to have a totally new duo behind the wheel. Valtteri Bottas has made the swap from Mercedes, and F2 begin Guanyu Zhou is making his Formulation 1 debut. For some time, it was rumoured that Mick Schumacher would be a part of, however the workforce opted for the gifted Chinese language teenager as a substitute. Final 12 months wasn’t something spectacular for the workforce so let’s hope this 12 months can be a giant enchancment. If seems to be are to say something, we could possibly be in for a deal with! Riot Timepieces, no stranger to the world of motorsports, has just lately signed a partnership with Alfa Romeo F1 and could be seen on the wrists of Bottas and Zhou all year long.
Alfa Romeo driver Guanyu Zhou sporting a Riot Re-Volt.
Aston Martin – Girard-Perregaux
Traditionally, these two names each have an in depth historical past of their respective fields of enterprise. After all, Aston Martin in F1 is mainly the rebranded Racing Level F1 workforce and is now working its second season solely. Underneath the possession of billionaire Lawrence Stroll, the Aston Martin workforce seems to be to enhance after a tough 2021 season. The workforce was usually struggling within the mid-field pack and completed seventh general, with about half the factors of AlphaTauri in sixth. 4-time world champion Sebastien Vettel, and Lance Stroll have remained the workforce’s drivers for this 12 months. Girard-Perregaux joined the workforce in 2021 as an official companion, which hasn’t turned into the brand new season. So we will most likely anticipate some British Racing Inexperienced colored GP’s once more.
Haas F1 & Cyrus
Haas F1 is the workforce owned and funded (principally) by American racing icon Gene Haas. He’s the driving drive behind the Stewart-Haas NASCAR workforce for 20 years and is lively in F1 since 2016. After displaying a promising type within the first few seasons, the final two or three years have been dreadful for the workforce. And the brand new 12 months isn’t off to an ideal begin both because it broke ties with its predominant title sponsor and was compelled to chop ties with considered one of its drivers too. Mick Schumacher is rumoured to be joined by Pietro Fittipaldi for the brand new seasons, each of which have household ties with former F1 World Champions. Relating to watches, Haas F1 has secured a partnership with unbiased watchmakers Cyrus, which was introduced on the Monaco Grand Prix final 12 months and continues into 2022.
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