2. Verstappen defending, Hamilton hunting
What good is a new car without a fitting championship fight? After the blockbuster 2021 season, we have round two to look forward to between main protagonists Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.
That means a fired-up Hamilton aiming for a record eighth championship while Verstappen aims to defend his title and take a second in the process. It’s been a while since we had someone other than Hamilton defending a title (back in 2014 when it was Sebastian Vettel), and this year will also see Verstappen use the #1 on his car for the first time since Vettel did so in 2014.
George Russell steps into the Silver Arrows to replace Valtteri Bottas, giving us the opportunity to see what the 23-year-old can do with championship-contending hardware.
As mentioned, the new era of F1 cars could mean closer racing – more teams hoping to crash the party this year – plus a frozen engine concept should mean Red Bull Powertrains could go toe-to-toe with the power of Mercedes once again.