Formula 1 2022: Spectacular new cars unveiled as pre-season testing begins in Barcelona


Red Bull, Alpine, Alfa Romeo and Haas revealed their 2022 cars during the opening morning of pre-season testing in Barcelona; world champion Max Verstappen one of the first drivers on track, with Lewis Hamilton to try out the new Mercedes in Wednesday’s afternoon session

Last update: 02/23/22 09:26

Max Verstappen drives Red Bull’s new car on day one of testing in Barcelona

The full fleet of 10 Formula 1 cars for the 2022 season has finally been revealed as pre-season testing began in Barcelona on Wednesday morning.

Reigning world champion Max Verstappen’s Red Bull was one of four cars not unveiled ahead of the three-day stint in Catalonia.

Alpine, Alfa Romeo and Haas also revealed their cars for the first time under the heavily changed regulations for the 2022 season.

Red Bull

2021 world champion Verstappen was first on the trail for Red Bull, with the Dutchman opting to take the No.1 following his maiden triumph last season.

Verstappen has chosen the world champion's option to use the number 1 on his car this season

Verstappen has chosen the world champion’s option to use the number 1 on his car this season

Sky Sports F1’s Ted Kravitz was immediately impressed with the new car, calling it “a great morning story” and adding: “The Red Bull has it all. It’s something very, very different. “

Meanwhile Lewis Hamilton, who will be driving the new Mercedes in the afternoon session, was also keen to take a look at his main rival’s car from last season.

Lewis Hamilton takes a look at the new Red Bull as he strolls through the pit lane during pre-season testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

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Lewis Hamilton takes a look at the new Red Bull as he strolls through the pit lane during pre-season testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Lewis Hamilton takes a look at the new Red Bull as he strolls through the pit lane during pre-season testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Alpine

Double world champion Fernando Alonso gives the Alpine its first outing of the year, and like Verstappen, the Spaniard is expected to drive the morning and afternoon sessions on Wednesday.

Fernando Alonso drives the new Alpine

Fernando Alonso drives the new Alpine

Alfa Romeo

In what might be the most eye-catching livery we’ll see at Barcelona, ​​Alfa Romeo camouflage has taken to the track. Former Lewis Hamilton team-mate Valtteri Bottas will drive his new car for the first time this afternoon, but this morning Robert Kubica is at the wheel.

This is just a Barcelona test livery, with the team due to unveil their colors of the season on Sunday.

Haas

After a torrid 2021 campaign, Haas is hoping for a new dawn under the changed regulations. They were the first team to reveal images of their 2022 livery in early February, although Wednesday marked their official launch.

And the rest of the cars?

Craig Slater and Ted Kravitz welcome us to the first day of F1 testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

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Craig Slater and Ted Kravitz welcome us to the first day of F1 testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

Craig Slater and Ted Kravitz welcome us to the first day of F1 testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya

F1’s biggest rules overhaul has seen the cars transformed for this year – as the sport attempts to improve wheel-to-wheel racing and overtaking.

From Wednesday morning to Friday evening, the 10 teams and 20 drivers will hit the track, eager to see how their new cars perform and where they fare on the timesheets.

With so many changes and so little time before the new campaign – there is still a three-day test in Bahrain before the first race on March 20 – this opening week of pre-season testing is more crucial than ever.

Lewis Hamilton's new team-mate George Russell was at the wheel of the Mercedes followed closely by Charles Leclerc's Ferrari.

Lewis Hamilton’s new team-mate George Russell was at the wheel of the Mercedes followed closely by Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari.

Sebastian Vettel hit the track in the new Aston Martin

Sebastian Vettel hit the track in the new Aston Martin

Yuki Tsunoda rides the new AlphaTauri in both Wednesday sessions

Yuki Tsunoda rides the new AlphaTauri in both Wednesday sessions

How to follow the first test on Sky Sports F1

Although the first test is not televised, Sky Sports F1 will still have you covered.

Over the three evenings there will be a test session featuring highlights and the best bits of the day on Sky Sports F1 at 8 p.m.while Ted Kravitz is back with Ted’s Notebook at 8:30 p.m..

A dawn-to-dusk live blog will also be available on Sky Sports digital products for each test day, along with features, information and reviews.

Regular updates from Barcelona will be posted on our social accounts, while Craig Slater will provide reporting from the Circuit de Catalunya for Sky Sports News.




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