As the new 2022 task approaches, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen will battle more than each other.
For the 2022 season, F1 will introduce new technical regulations with the goal of making the sport more competitive.
Max Verstappen won the 2021 Formula One season.
The Red Bull driver’s victory over Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ championship was perhaps more dramatic than emphatic, more contentious than clinical, but it was the Dutch protege who triumphed after a season finale wilder than any driver, pundit, or fan could have imagined.
While the events at the Yas Marina will undoubtedly spark debate for years to come, there is one other takeaway from the campaign that not even the most ardent skeptic could deny.
Verstappen and Hamilton, the title rivals, were clearly superior to the rest of the field.
While statistics aren’t always reliable, the ones attributed to 2021 leave little to the imagination.
Much of the story is told by Verstappen’s winning total of 395.5 points, which is seven points higher than Hamilton’s and 169.5 points higher than third-placed Valtteri Bottas.
With 18 race wins from 22 Grands Prix, 15 pole positions, and six consecutive ‘one-two’ finishes, it’s easy to dismiss the rest of the field in 2022.
But here’s where things get interesting.
This year, Verstappen and Hamilton will be up against not only each other, but also new technical regulations designed to make the sport more competitive.
The goal is to make cars that are more raceable and less prone to turbulence, allowing for more overtaking and excitement for fans.
Attempting to instill more fervor in a sport that has just completed its most enthralling campaign in history may seem like strange timing, but it should be noted that these changes were originally scheduled for 2021 before the pandemic caused them to be postponed.
In a nutshell, the changes threaten to push Red Bull and Mercedes, particularly Verstappen and Hamilton, back to the back of the field.
Mercedes is said to be ahead of the curve with their new car design, promoting the idea that they sacrificed serious development in 2021 to be ready for the new era.
Verstappen, a self-confessed Red Bull simulator aficionado, is said to be putting.
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