2022 F1 pre-season testing 

One of the biggest changes in technical rules is coming to F1 this season with the introduction of a brand new car set to take the world championship into a new era. 

It is hoped that the package of all-new rules for 2022, including a stricter budget cap, will help level the playing field and produce cars that are more raceable on track to create more overtaking and excitement. 

Teams have been working on their designs for the best part of two years after the rules were postponed by a year for implementation in 2022 when the COVID-19 pandemic struck. 

To give the teams and drivers as much time as possible to run their cars in anger ahead of the new campaign, there will be a total of six days of pre-season running split across two separate tests. 

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F1’s new-generation car will make its official on-track debut during the first three-day test between February 23-25 at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya in Spain. 

Following that, F1 will head to the Middle East for a further three days of running in Bahrain on March 10-12, ahead of the season-opener in Sakhir on March 20. 

2022 Formula 1 Pre-Season Testing
Test 1Date
Spain (Barcelona)February 23-25
TEST 2 
Bahrain (Sakhir)March 10-12


2022 F1 race calendar 

Following on from a hectic 22-race schedule last year, things are going to get even busier this season with F1 set to embark on a record-breaking 23-round campaign in 2022. 

The COVID-19 pandemic forced a complete re-write of the 2020 calendar and also resulted in a rejigged 2021 campaign. F1 remains wary that 2022 could also be affected, but has demonstrated its flexibility and adaptability over the past 18 months. 

While the threat of disruption due to COVID-19 still lingers, F1 is hopeful it can run its 2022 season as planned. 

F1’s largest-ever calendar will see the first-ever Miami Grand Prix take place in Florida at the start of May, while the Australian, Canadian, Singapore and Japanese Grands Prix are all slated to return to the schedule after a two-year absence. 

As it did in 2021, Bahrain will once again get the honour of kick-starting the new F1 season, which will close with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 20. 

The jam-packed calendar will see 23 races held across eight months, including back-to-back triple-headers and six sprint events. 

 2022 Formula 1 Race Calendar
Round RaceDate
1Bahrain GP (Sakhir)March 20
2Saudi Arabian GP (Jeddah)March 27
3Austrialian GP (Melbourne)April 10
4Emilia Romagna GP (Imola) April 24
5Miami GP (Miami) May 8
6Spanish GP (Barcelona) May 22
7Monaco GP (Monaco) May 29
8Azerbaijan GP (Baku)June 12
9Canadian GP (Montreal)June 19
10British GP (Silverstone)July 3
11Austrian GP (Spielberg)July 10
12French GP (Le CastelletJuly 24
13Hungarian GP (Budapest)July 31
14Belgian GP (Spa)August 28
15Dutch GP (Zandvoort)September 4
16Italian GP (Monza)September 11
17Russian GP (Sochi)September 25
18Singapore GP (Marina Bay)October 2
19Japanese GP (Suzuka)October 9
20United States GP (Austin)October 23
21Mexico City GP (Mexico City)October 30
22Sao Paulo GP (Interlagos)November 13
23Abu Dhabi GP (Yas Marina)November 20


2022 F1 car launch dates 

Aston Martin was the first team to confirm its launch plans for its 2022 car. The Silverstone-based outfit will unveil its AMR22 challenger on February 10. 

McLaren will reveal its MCL36 at a presentation the following day on February 11 at 7pm GMT, while Ferrari will launch its 2022 F1 challenger on February 17. 

Mercedes' 2022 challenger will be unveiled in a "special digital launch" on February 18 before taking to the track at Silverstone for a shakedown test later that day.

2022 Formula 1 Car Launches
TeamDate
Aston MartinFebruary 10
McLarenFebruary 11
FerrariFebruary 17
MercedesFebruary 18
Red BullTBC
AlpineTBC
AlphaTauriTBC
WilliamsTBC
Alfa RomeoTBC
HaasTBC
This article will be updated as more launch dates are confirmed.