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2022 F1 Season Latest

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The 2022 season has already provided plenty of drama in the first two races and now is the perfect opportunity to be involved in 2022. We have our official ICON Silverstone hospitality, a premium experience at the home of British Motor sport to relish the British Grand Prix. We are also official distributors of the F1 Paddock Club for 2022 around the world, so you can travel and watch your favourite race in ultimate style.

Enquire for the British Grand Prix or a F1 Paddock Club experience today!

 

Bahrain

The much-anticipated 2022 Formula 1 season got of to a flying start in Bahrain. After an epic finish to last season, fans were hoping this year’s can provide the same excitement, drama and controversy. Qualifying got underway and we got to see a first glimpse of the cars in the first competitive battle of the season.

Ferrari’s Leclerc flew round in Q1 as the fastest driver. Last year’s champion, Verstappen put in a mesmerizing Q2 to hit back making it all to play for to claim pole position. It was Leclerc who prevailed victorious and blistered round the track to take pole in Bahrain. Red Bull’s Verstappen finished a close second, putting him on the front row. The Mercedes duo of Hamilton and new recruit George Russell, both made it to Q3 with Hamilton starting 5th and Russell starting 9th.  An old Mercedes face in Valtteri Bottas showed he still has it, finishing qualifying in 6th for his new team Alpha Romeo. The biggest shock in Bahrain Qualifying was provided by Haas. For the first time since the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix both their drivers made it to Q2, with Kevin Magnussen going all the way to Q3. Magnussen qualified 7th on the grid. There were a few surprise exits from Q2, Lando Norris being one finishing up in P13. The back of the of the pack was made up of Nicholas Latifi in the Williams, not a surprise to many as he started in P20.

Race day approached as engines revved in the paddock with drivers making their way to the grid. It was lights out and away they went. New tyres, new drivers, new regulations and new cars, the 2022 season was off. Verstappen looked to put pressure on the leader Leclerc from the beginning. Leclerc covered off Verstappen’s attempt to slip down the inside on turn 1, while his teammate Carlos Sainz retained P3. Hamilton picked up a place as he weaved his way into 4th with Keven Magnussen making his way to P5. Not all drivers got off to a smooth start as Perez lost two places in the Red Bull putting him into 6th. Alpine’s Esteban Ocon faced an early penalty for an infringement on Mick Schumacher.

Teams needed to ensure that their decision making was spot on. Tyres starting to wear and pit stops needed to be made. Many drivers took to the decision to get soft tyres on with both Leclerc and Verstappen opting for the popular strategic choice. The Red Bull’s and Ferrari’s traded blows all juggling position. Are we seeing a new rivalry coming to the fray?

As the race was in its later stages it was finely poised to give us drama. Drama is exactly what we got. Verstappen pitted but then went on to inform his team there was an issue with the car. He was having trouble with steering and then a heart-breaking power fault ensured Verstappen did not finish the race to many Red Bull fan’s disappointment.

Lap 46 brought out the safety car as Pierre Gasly in the AlphaTauri stopped and went out in flames. This was to be the end of Pierre’s race. The remaining cars took advantage of the safety car and took a pit stop. Hamilton was breathing down Sergio Perez’s neck when the Mexican began to complain about a power issue. It turned from bad to worse as Checo spun at turn one when his engine failed. This allowed Hamilton to take the last place on the Podium. A race to forget for Red Bull. Russell, who started ninth, enjoyed superior race pace to the midfielders and took P4 after the Red Bulls retired, ahead of Kevin Magnussen, fifth for Haas on his return to F1.

Valtteri Bottas rescued P6 after a poor start for Alfa Romeo, while Esteban Ocon shrugged off a penalty early on for contact with Mick Schumacher to take a surprise seventh.

In P8 was AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda, solid on his final stint and in the final restart, while Fernando Alonso shrugged off poor pace in his second stint to take ninth. And on his F1 debut, Zhou Guanyu took points for Alfa Romeo with Mick Schumacher missing out in P11.

Charles Leclerc won a blockbuster 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix as Carlos Sainz backed up a Ferrari one-two as Red Bull suffered a double DNF to give Lewis Hamilton the final podium place in a stunning start to the season. All eyes were on Saudi Arabia for the next round.

 

Jeddah

The second race of the busy F1 season was in Saudi Arabia at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit. The first Grand Prix there was in 2021, one of the most dramatic races in the famous Hamilton vs Verstappen season. This 50-lap circuit is one of the fastest across the board. The battle in qualifying between Red Bull and Ferrari continued but there was absolutely no stopping Sergio Perez as he acquired his first ever career pole with a last gasp effort. An incredible effort from the Mexican as the two Ferraris slotted in, qualifying 2nd and 3rd, leaving Verstappen completing the battle in 4th. McLaren’s start to the season took another blow as they qualified outside the top 10 for the second race weekend in a row.

The session had paused for an hour during Q2 after a violent high-speed crash for Haas’ Mick Schumacher, who was extricated to the medical centre where no injuries were sustained and later to hospital for precautionary checks.

Hamilton also ran into trouble, not even making it past Q1 for the first time since Brazil 2017 finishing qualifying in a miserable P16. Hamilton’s ex – teammate, Valtteri Bottas qualified in 8th while Alpine’s Ocon produced another successful qualifying starting 5th.

AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda had barely made it out the garage for the session with a suspected fuel related problem. His teammate Pierre Gasly qualified in an impressive 9th.

The second-ever Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was never going to be a straightforward affair, given the tight confines and high speeds of this demanding new city circuit. Mick Schumacher and Yuki Tsunoda did not start the race and therefore 18 cars lined up on the grid with all drivers anticipating a swift start.

The two Red Bulls got off to a good start and Perez maintained his lead up until lap 16 when Red Bull were forced into an early pit stop. This proved to be unfortunate as Latifi crashed his Williams forcing the safety car to come on track. This gave all the other divers an opportunity for a pit stop, saving precious seconds as the Perez and the early stoppers continued at a reduced speed. Perez’s Pit stop cost him three crucial places. The race was nip and tuck all the way through, but more unfortunate events emerged. A virtual safety car emerged on lap 38 when McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo halted at the pit lane exit alongside Alpine’s Fernando Alonso, both their races were over.

When the virtual safety car finished on lap 41, Verstappen was within less than a second behind Leclerc. With DRS Max took the lead, this didn’t last long as Leclerc also fought back with DRS taking him back past the Dutchman. After a spell of dramatic overtakes, Verstappen made sure he had DRS and snatched the lead of Leclerc. He managed to keep Ferrari’s Leclerc at bay to win the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. It was a double podium for Ferrari with Perez missing out to Carlos Sainz. Mercedes’ George Russell was in the points with an immaculate 5th place finish. His teammate Hamilton only just manged to be in the points finishing 10th. Only thirteen drivers managed to finish the race.

As the first two races are now complete, have we seen a new rivalry unfold in the form of Red Bull and Ferrari, Verstappen against Leclerc? This weekend’s race takes us to Melbourne for 58 laps around the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. Who will take that middle podium?

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F1 2022 Season Preview | Can Hamilton bounce back?

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Wow where do we start! The 2021 F1 season was arguably the most dramatic in motorsport history as Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen went at each other race after race, with incidents and drama consistently throughout.

It all came down to the final showdown in Abu Dhabi, where major controversy sparked an insane finish on the final few laps. With Latifi crashing, the safety car was needed to clear up the debris and consequentially bunching up the remaining drivers. Then Michael Masi, the sporting race director, adapted the rules in the spur of the moment to allow some lapped cars to overtake the leaders. Typically the whole field would have to unlap themselves before the race would resume, and therefore with one final lap left in the season, it was manipulated so that Lewis Hamilton in first on old tyres, vs Verstappen on a brand new set of softs would battle it out for the title.

Lewis was a sitting duck and Verstappen’s formidable aggressive style paid off with a strong move midway through the lap to secure the race win and the F1 World Championship. Many experts questioned the integrity of the sport and after such a titanic battle between two world-class drivers, there was a sour taste left in the mouth for fans of the sport.

The dust settled over the winter and the 2022 season was alive in just a few months time with practice in Barcelona & Bahrain showcasing the brand new teams and cars, the biggest manufacturing change in modern history. It was a great chance for teams to hit the reset button and look to challenge for the World Championship once more. Here’s a review of the teams and how you can be there for Silverstone, Monaco and the rest of the calendar with the F1 Paddock Club.

Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton has a new teammate for the 2022 F1 season with fellow Brit George Russell making the step up from Williams. George has consistently outperformed teammates in his first three seasons in F1, which included an impressive run in the Mercedes when Hamilton had covid-19 back in 2020. George secured a second place finish last year in a crazy, wet Spa Grand Prix and alongside some stunning qualifying laps, has thoroughly deserved his move.

But the benchmark for George is Lewis Hamilton, the 7 time world champion who is motivated more than ever before due to the 2021 season end. Lewis could always trust on former teammate Valtteri Bottas to support him in a World title challenge, but that cushion is now gone after Bottas made the move to Alfa Romeo. For Lewis to beat Max and his competitors, he’s going to have to be at the top of his game throughout the season.

The big news for Mercedes in 2022 is that the team look off the pace going into the season, with a bold car design not quite working ahead of the first grand prix in Bahrain this weekend. The experts currently place Mercedes third in the pecking order yet Toto Wolff and the team will be confident of clawing some of the time back to the perceived front runners.

 

Red Bull

It took the team 7 years to break Mercedes’ grip on the Drivers World Title, but finally Max Verstappen bought Red Bull home some silverware after winning in the last race in Abu Dhabi in 2021. After four straight championships between 2010 and 2013 with Sebastian Vettel, the team based in Milton Keynes were always on the tails of Mercedes in the turbo-hybrid era, but could never quite catch the Silver Arrows.

Now Christian Horner will be desperate to back that up the win alongside the new regulations and so far in testing they’ve made an impressive start. Red Bull didn’t truly show their hand in Barcelona like most teams, but made significant progress in Bahrain testing with Verstappen pulling out the best lap of the test in the final session.

Sergio Perez, the Mexican Red Bull driver played an important role for the team in 2021, but he’ll be looking to make inroads into his own title challenge this season in 2022. Who can get to grips with the new car will have an early advantage on the season and the experienced Perez with his smooth style may be able to do just this.

 

Ferrari

Although ambitions are typically higher for the world-renowned team, Ferrari won their battle with Mclaren for third place in 2021 which was likely to be their main aim at the start of the year. This provides the team an extra £10million+ in prize money and alongside a pointed strategy towards the 2022 modifications, gives Ferrari a strong platform for the new season.

Luckily for the red Italian team, 2022 pre-season testing has proven the above and Ferrari had one of the standout machines. They look to have jumped Mercedes in performance and similar to the Red Bull, which is a significant jump from previous years.

The team also have one of the most exciting, young driver line-ups in the paddock in Charl LeClerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. Both have shown significant pace and skill on their journey to Ferrari, which have included stints at Sauber, Renault and Mclaren. There’s not a lot between the two drivers historically so if the team were to challenge for the F1 World Championship, it would be fascinating to see who has the upper hand and whether the tension will rise between these two friends.

 

Mclaren

Mclaren were battling it out with Ferrari for third place last season but dropped towards the final third of the season due to a lack of pace and some poor performances, notably from new signing Daniel Ricciardo. There was high expectations for the 7-time grand prix winner, but the Australian never felt truly comfortable in the car and the ever impressive Lando Norris had the better of him throughout.

Lando has spent the last three seasons with Mclaren and at the age of just 22, looks like he could be a future world champion under the right car. There was a heart-breaking moment for the Brit in Russia as he lead the majority of the grand prix in changing conditions in Sochi. With rain on the horizon, Lando chose to stay out on the dry tyres when others came in under the safety car and soon the track became undrivable. It was a 7th place finish for him and cost him his first ever race win.

On the timesheets, Mclaren’s pre-season testing hasn’t been impressive and the team look to be slightly towards the midfield, rather than looking upwards. With a few days to go before the season starts, Zac Brown and the Mclaren engineers will be desperate to claw back some of the time back to Ferrari and the others.

 

Alpha Tauri | Alpine | Aston Martin

The midfield battle is often as intriguing as the battle upfront with teams fighting for the lower end of the points each race, which determines major prize money swings. Those spots were held last year by Alpha Tauri, Alpine and Aston Martin.

Alpha Tauri are the junior team of Red Bull and often feature young, hungry and fast drivers in their line up. It’s rare that they retain the same driver line-up in consecutive years but they have for 2022 in Yuki Tsunoda and Pierre Gasly, with the latter in excellent form, especially in qualifying. It will be difficult for them to ever reach the heights of the main Red Bull team, but they will be keen to try and finish 5th or above in the coming season.

Alpine are lead by the experienced 2-time world champion Fernando Alonso, who returned to the sport after a couple of years out to try different forms of motorsport. His experience is crucial for the teams development and alongside Esteban Ocon, Alpine are an outside bet to make a reasonable leap up the grid in 2022.

Aston Martin were quite far from the previous two teams in 2021, but in Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll, they have a strong partnership that can perform well with the right car. Testing has gone ok for the team who will be targeting above 7th this year.

 

Williams | Alfa Romeo | Haas

The three teams who finished at the bottom of the 2021 season all have fresh driver line ups and renewed optimism to get back into the field alongside the regulation changes. However the pre-season tests have not suggested major confidence boosts, even with a more standardised chassis that should bring back the pack closer together in the long run.

Alfa Romeo will be looking for Valtteri Bottas to drive the team forward, whilst Haas have removed Nikita Mazepin and their title Russian sponsor in-light of the conflict with Ukraine. Without George Russell, Williams have turned to the former Red Bull driver Alex Albon, who adds another Brit to the full grid in 2022.

 

2022 Silverstone

One of the biggest events of the yearly calendar is Silverstone and you can be there with Engage and ICON. Enquire here and enjoy this incredible package.

  • Exclusive suite inside the track
  • Trackside terrace
  • Ticket including inner track access and Woodcote terraces
  • Premium grandstand seating
  • Breakfast on arrival
  • Gourmet lunch grazing menu
  • Afternoon tea
  • Complimentary premium bar
  • Official programme
  • VIP hostess service
  • Guest speakers from the motorsport world
  • Super Screen viewing
  • Personal Silverstone radio
  • Reserved hospitality parking
  • Close to the FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 Support Paddocks
  • Prize draw for signed memorabilia

 

Formula 1 Paddock Club

We are thrilled to have been appointed Official Distributors of Formula 1 Paddock Club Hospitality and we have packages available for every race of the season. The world-renowned Paddock Club is the ultimate motorsport experience and delivers a sensational day, ideal for any motorsport fan or petrolhead.

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It’s Official! We’re Official Distributors of F1 Paddock Club Hospitality for 2022

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As a scintillating 2021 F1 season draws to a close next week, we are delighted and proud to announce that we are Official Distributors of F1 Paddock Club Hospitality for the 2022 season.

The world renowned F1 Paddock Club Hospitality is the most premium VIP experience in sport and we have fantastic access to all 23 races next year. 

Whether it’s Monaco or Monza, Barcelona or Baku, enjoy the finest hospitality around the globe, with Engage offering additional travel and accommodation support if required.

 

2022 F1 Bahrain Paddock Club
2022 F1 Bahrain Paddock Club

 

2022 Formula 1 Season

We are delighted to offer premium Formula 1 Paddock Club hospitality for the 2022 season, one of the most eagerly anticipated years which includes a 23 race calendar. 2022 will mark a new era of Formula 1 as the specifications have changed to promote overtaking and a fairer fight between the 10 teams competing.

We’re in a golden era of Formula 1 with Lewis Hamilton continuing to compete at the highest level and former World Champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso leading their respective teams to newer heights. But it’s the incredible, new emerging talent that has added real depth to the line-up, none more so than Max Verstappen who has amassed a huge number of fans around the world, with Dutch orange waves clear to see. Charl Leclerc, Carlos Sainz Jr, Lando Norris and George Russell are just a few names to mention as potential World Champions in the future.

The current teams on the grid are:

  • Mercedes
  • Red Bull
  • Ferrari
  • Mclaren
  • Alpine Racing
  • AlphaTauri
  • Williams
  • Haas
  • Alfa Romeo
  • Aston Martin

 

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F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Paddock Club

 

2022 Season Preview

The 2022 season gets underway on Friday 18 March and will consist of 23 races, the highest in the sports history. With a new specification of car for 2022, expect the grid to be mixed up and more unpredictable results as usual as teams get to grips with their new cars. The Miami Grand Prix will be the only new race on the calendar, with Saudi Arabia Grand Prix entering it’s second year.

There’s been a couple of significant moves in the drivers line-up, with George Russell taking the huge step up from Williams to Mercedes, demoting Valtteri Bottas who has since joined Alfa Romeo. Bottas has replaced the retiring Kimi Raikkonen, whilst Giovinazzi has left Alfa Romeo to be replaced by Chinese 22-year-old Guanyu Zhou, who impressed in F2 in 2021.

F1 Italian Grand Prix Paddock Club Monza
F1 Italian Grand Prix Paddock Club Monza

 

Formula 1 Paddock Club

We are thrilled to have been appointed Official Distributors of Formula 1 Paddock Club Hospitality and we have packages available for every race of the season. The world-renowned Paddock Club is the ultimate motorsport experience and delivers a sensational day, ideal for any motorsport fan or petrolhead.

Please check out our range of Formula 1 Paddock Club corporate hospitality for the 2022 Formula One Season.

F1 Monaco Grand Prix Paddock Club
F1 Monaco Grand Prix Paddock Club