The 2021 F1 season came to an end with a thrilling race where Max Verstappen stole the driver’s world championship from the reigning champion Lewis Hamilton. Although Mercedes managed to clinch their record 8th Constructors world championship. They dominated the turbo-hybrid era breaking most of the records set by Michael Schumacher and Ferrari.
2022 is a whole new story. FIA has made major changes to the regulations and they have introduced a budget cap for the teams to close the gap among them. The change is focused mostly on the aero package that is promised to deliver very close racing which was not the case last year. So let’s get into the season opener, 2022 Bahrain GP which seems to be the rise of another dominant force.
The 2022 Bahrain GP
Charles Leclerc with his blazing lap on Saturday’s qualifying session grabbed the pole position. Red Bull’s Max locked the front row with Charles and Carlos Sainz in the second row alongside Sergio Perez. With Mercedes’s lack of pace over the straights and the porpoising issue still in hand, couldn’t challenge the leaders.
Red Bull again tried to undercut the Ferrari during their second pitstop and failed. Just after Max’s third pitstop came the safety car to get rid of Gasly’s burning Alpha Tauri off the track due to overheating issues. Both the Ferrari’s had a cheap Pitstop and did not cost them much time under the safety car. The race resumed with Leclerc still holding Max behind him.
A minor issue detected during the race in the RB18 proved to be fatal in the final stages of the race. Max’s steering problem let him down in lap 54 where they had to retire the car promoting Sainz up to the 2nd position.
To sum up the 2022 Bahrain GP, Ferrari had a 1-2 finish and the Mercedes secured 3rd and 4th position with Kevin Magnussen in the fifth spot.
2022 Bahrain GP – Race result
The full race result of the 2022 Bahrain GP is in the table below.[table id=66 /]
Ferrari, the oldest constructor in Formula 1 is in a dry spell for a long time now. Their last driver championship was in 2007 with Kimi Räikkönen and Constructor’s championship was in 2008. The 2020 & 2021 seasons have been a nightmare for Ferrari where they finished 6th and 3rd respectively.
Which Driver or Constructor would you like to see winning the championship? Comment your answers below.
1. Who won the F1 drivers and constructors championship in 2021?
Max Verstappen in Red bull won the drivers championship and Mercedes won the Constructors championship in 2021.
2. How long is the Bahrain F1 race track?
The Bahrain race track is 5.41 km long. The complete race distance is 308 km with a total of 57 laps.