Five major question marks in F1 heading into the second half of the 2022 season

Five major question marks in F1 heading into the second half of the 2022 season

Next Friday, the second half of the 2022 season will begin with a double header in France and Hungary. After eleven of the 22 races in 2022, there are still several question marks that the teams, the FIA ​​and the drivers will answer over the course of this year.

Can Ferrari beat Red Bull in the development battle?

In 2022 it will be between Ferrari and Red Bull all season ahead, especially between Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc. Ferrari started to dominate, Red Bull then came back strongly and in the last two races Ferrari looked better again. The question now is who can minimize the damage in terms of reliability (Red Bull five times, Ferrari six times) during the next 11 races and who can take development steps off the track. The new 2022 cars still have a lot of room for improvement, but due to budget constraints, both teams are limited.

Will Mercedes solve the fraud and get a merger?

Mercedes will want to complete the relationship with Ferrari and Red Bull in the second part of 2022. Since the Spanish Grand Prix, the team has continued to take steps towards solving poaching. The question does not seem to be when the first victory will come in 2022. It seems that this will happen during the second half of the season. The main question is whether it will also have an impact on the world championship for drivers and manufacturers.

How much impact will the new fraud laws have from Belgium?

From Belgium, thanks to a new technical order, the FIA ​​will introduce stricter rules on poaching, rules that will be implemented from the Spa-Francorchamps race. The main question is whether cheating will decrease and drivers will experience less physical discomfort, but also how the FIA ​​will check if there are too many problems with cheating in a particular team or car.

When will Porsche, Andretti and Audi join F1?

It is almost certain that Andretti, Porsche and Audi will join Formula 1. The only question is: when and how? Will they be just motorcycle distributors or will they come with their own team? It seems quite realistic, on the part of Porsche and Audi, that they will strengthen Formula 1 from 2026. That is when the new motorcycle regulations come into effect. Andretti seems to want to enter Formula 1 with his team, but much will depend on the agreement between the current teams and the FIA ​​when it comes to the 2026 regulations. If this agreement is reached, there will also be more clarity about the future and the interpretation of the future for Audi, Porsche and Andretti in System 1.

Who will take which seat in the car and on the calendar in 2023?

A few legends, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso, can only say goodbye to Formula 1 after this season. Vettel and Alonso have expiring contracts, while Hamilton may also find time to retire after this season. The latter does not seem to be true, but for Alonso and Vettel the chance seems more. In addition, Yuki Tsunoda, Zhou Guanyu, Mick Schumacher, Alexander Albon, Nicholas Latifi and Lance Stroll have expiring contracts and Daniel Ricciardo’s future is uncertain despite his contract until the end of 2023 with McLaren. The 2023 grid will take shape in the coming months.

The 2023 calendar will also take shape in the coming months. At least one circuit has not yet been stopped, but with the possible arrival of South Africa in 2023, two circuits may even break. Belgium, France, Monaco and Mexico have contracts expiring, and Paul Ricard and Spa-Francorchamps are said to be the main contenders to disappear from the calendar from 2023 due to the arrival of Las Vegas and Qatar, the return of China and the possible arrival. from South Africa. In the coming months, the knot will be cut by the FIA ​​and F1.