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F1 2022 key dates - car launches, testing, all the races

F1 2022 key dates - car launches, testing, all the races

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F1 2022 key dates - car launches, testing, all the races

F1 2022 key dates - car launches, testing, all the races
GPFans Staff

The 2021 F1 season may have finished just over a month ago but the 2022 campaign is already fast approaching with just under nine weeks to go until the first race in Bahrain.

The year ahead boasts new cars governed by fresh aerodynamic regulations and a record-breaking 23-race calendar crammed into 36 weeks.

Here GPFans brings you all the key dates for the weeks and months ahead which will be updated as the 10 teams announce the reveals of their cars.

Car launches

This year, more than any other in recent memory, the launches of the cars are highly anticipated given the dramatic changes to the bodywork designed to deliver closer racing.

F1 unveiled its own interpretive model of the regulations ahead of the British Grand Prix in mid-July but there is great expectation for what the teams will deliver from mid-February onwards.

Feb 10 - Aston Martin

Aston Martin was the first team to provide a confirmed reveal date with the AMR22 set to kick off the excitement for expectant fans around the world.

Feb 11 - McLaren

The Woking-based team will be unveiling its MCL36 ahead of the new season but fans will also be able to hear about plans of the Arrow McLaren SP, McLaren Extreme E and McLaren Shadow teams ahead of their forthcoming campaigns.

Feb 17 - Ferrari

The Scuderia became the second team to announce its reveal date, with the car to be unveiled six days before pre-season testing begins.

Feb 18 - Mercedes

The wraps will be taken off the W13 E Performance on this date, although at this stage the biggest question is whether Lewis Hamilton will be there alongside George Russell to perform the honours.

Pre-season testing

Six days of testing await the teams, many of whom will argue it is not enough to get on top of the new cars and to understand the aerodynamic concepts they have developed but also to get to grips with Pirelli's new 18-inch tyres.

All teams bar Williams helped in the development of the new rubber over the course of last season, and while there is a depth of knowledge and data to fall back on, the tyres were only used on mule cars and not the machinery we will be seeing.

Feb 23-25 - first test [Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona]

Mar 10-12 - second test [Sakhir International Circuit, Bahrain]

The race calendar

As mentioned, a record-breaking year beckons, all being well barring any unforeseen late changes relating to coronavirus restrictions in certain countries.

The opening race is on March 20 in Bahrain and concludes just eight months later on November 20 with the traditional curtain-closer of Abu Dhabi.

The reason for the earlier finish this year is due to the fact F1 did not want its events spilling over into the start of the World Cup in Qatar that commences on November 21.

March 20 - Bahrain [Sakhir International Circuit]

March 27 - Saudi Arabia [Jeddah Corniche Circuit]

April 10 - Australian [Albert Park, Melbourne]

April 24 - Emilia Romagna [Imola, Italy]

May 8 - Miami [Miami International Autodrome]

May 22 - Spanish [Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona]

May 29 - Monaco

June 12 - Azerbaijan [Baku City Circuit]

June 19 - Canadian [Circuit Gilles Villeneuve]

July 3 - British [Silverstone]

July 10 - Austrian [Red Bull Ring, Spielberg]

July 24 - French [Circuit Paul Ricard]

July 31 - Hungarian [Hungaroring, Budapest]

August 28 - Belgian [Spa-Francorchamps]

September 4 - Dutch [Circuit Zandvoort]

September 11 - Italian [Monza]

September 25 - Russian [Sochi Autodrom]

October 2 - Singapore [Marina Bay Street Circuit]

October 9 - Japanese [Suzuka]

October 23 - United States [Circuit of the Americas, Austin]

October 30 - Mexican [Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City]

November 13 - São Paulo [Interlagos]

November 20 - Abu Dhabi [Yas Marina Circuit]

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