Some changes are to be noted in the composition of the teams for the 2022 F1 season. George Russell, Valtteri Bottas or Alexander Albon. Update on the departures and arrivals of the plateau.
The composition of the field for the 2022 season has been known for several weeks. No great revolution for the premier class of motor racing which sees sixteen of the twenty drivers competing last season to keep a seat. Seven teams among the ten entered in the championship have kept their duo of drivers. And Mercedes, the eight-time reigning world champion, is not one of them. After five seasons in a Silver Arrow, the ax fell for Valtteri Bottas, to be replaced by George Russell within the German brand. The Briton, author of remarkable debuts at Williams (a podium in 2021) succeeds him and will team up with fellow seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton. The bucket left free by Russell goes to Alexander Albon (ex-Red Bull), absent from the championship in 2021.
Breaking news! 🗞 @ValtteriBottas will join Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN for the 2022 season and beyond, with the Finnish driver signing a multi-year deal with the Hinwil-based team. pic.twitter.com/2XNeMtUGMn
— Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN (@alfaromeoracing) September 6, 2021
Zhou already in the history of Formula 1
Valtteri Bottas is not done with F1 yet, unlike Kimi Räikkönen (42) known as “Iceman” who retired after 19 seasons touring the discipline’s circuits. He integrates the old house of his compatriot, Alfa Romeo. The team managed by the French Frédéric Vasseur is the only manufacturer to change his two drivers in the offseason since Guanyu Zhou (22) replaces Antonio Giovinazzi, not retained. Third in the last Formula 2 exercise, Zhou will be the only rookie present in F1 in 2022. On this occasion, he becomes the first Chinese driver in history to compete in the championship. His promotion to the elite was formalized on November 16, ending the casting for the next fiscal year. His arrival is also a huge opportunity for Formula 1 to seduce a Chinese market likely to lead to significant economic benefits.