There is a brand new era in Formula 1 with new technical regulations designed to bring even more intense competition after an incredible 2021 season.
A refocusing on ground effect and other rule changes is aimed at allowing drivers to race closer, drive harder and hopefully produce an exciting season of racing.
Aston Martin was the first team to confirm the date of its new car reveal, with the British outfit set to unveil the AMR22 on February 10 ahead of winter testing. McLaren is the next team set to follow with its unveiling happening on February 11 at its Woking HQ.
Ferrari has also confirmed it will be launching its 2022 car on February 17 while reigning constructors’ champions Mercedes will follow on the 18th.
AlphaTauri and Alpine are the latest teams to confirm their respective launch plans.
Will any team have found a silver bullet in the regs and can we expect closer racing?
Here are all of the latest dates and times for all of the 2022 car launches ahead of the new Formula 1 season.
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When and where
|Mercedes||W13 E-Performance||February 18, Silverstone|
|Ferrari||?||February 17, TBC|
|McLaren||MCL37||February 11, McLaren Technology Centre|
|Alpine||A522||February 21, TBC|
|AlphaTauri||AT03||February 14, TBC|
|Aston Martin||AMR22||February 10, Aston Martin Lagonda|
When: February 18
For the entirety of the turbo hybrid era, no team has been able to topple Mercedes from atop its perch as the best team in Formula 1. Constructors’ champions in 2021 for the eighth consecutive year, Mercedes will be aiming to deliver yet another pace-setting car in the W13 E-Performance.
The team will launch its car for the new regulations on February 18 just a handful of days prior to winter testing commencing in Barcelona. The new car will be shown off in a digital presentation from Silverstone and will receive shakedown at the circuit prior to official winter testing commencing.
18/2/22. 🗓️ Meet the Mercedes-AMG F1 W13 E Performance 🤩 pic.twitter.com/uv6oCGmNHh
— Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team (@MercedesAMGF1) January 18, 2022
The team has had the least amount of development time on the grid by virtue of the sliding scale that impacts the top teams and benefits those aiming to catch the pack. The world champions will have just 75% of its usual wind tunnel and CFD time at its disposal this season. The sliding scale moves up in 5% increments meaning rivals Red Bull will have had an extra 5% development time.
It means serious business as you might expect from the eight-time constructors’ champion. It posted a fire-up video of its 2022 power unit ahead of the Christmas break in an ominous warning to all other rivals.
Will the shake up in regulations be able to dethrone Mercedes?
The No1 returns to the Formula 1 grid for the first time 2014 with Max Verstappen invoking his right as world champion to run the number last used by Sebastian Vettel during his final year at Red Bull.
The Dutchman and his team will be hoping that this isn’t their last success together, as they look to build on the team’s first championship since 2013 in the incredibly dramatic finale at Abu Dhabi.
RB18 coming 🔜 Get involved with our car launch for 2022 💪
— Red Bull Racing (@redbullracing) January 14, 2022
Verstappen and co need another Adrian Newey special this season with the regulations switching emphasis back towards ground effect, but can the Milton Keynes team produce a car that finally topples Mercedes’ hold on the sport?
When: February 17
One of the most intriguing teams heading into the new season is Ferrari. The team will be showing off its new car to the world on February 17 it has confirmed.
The team has stuck with a launch at or near its headquarters in Maranello in years gone by and this season is likely to follow suit.
One month to go…
— Scuderia Ferrari (@ScuderiaFerrari) January 17, 2022
Following the team’s private settlement over its power unit in 2019 that pegged back its performance in the subsequent 2020 season, focus has been predominantly on the new 2022 rules.
As well as the new chassis, Ferrari has been working intensely on the power unit, with a new V6 due to be introduced in one final bid to bridge the gap to the top teams before an engine development freeze is introduced this year.
Whether it’s a car capable of allowing Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz to fight for wins remains to be seen but if it isn’t, there could be casualties in the Ferrari leadership as a result.
When: February 11
Where: McLaren Technology Centre, Woking
McLaren will be launching its season for all four of its racing teams this year with the Arrow McLaren SP, McLaren Extreme E and McLaren Shadow teams alongside its F1 effort.
The team has made progress in recent seasons back towards the front of F1 but it hasn’t quite bridged the gap from upper midfield to contender at the front just yet.
Last year it slipped behind its Italian foe in the championship after a disappointing final third of the season but the 2022 rules could be the opportunity McLaren needs to get itself back in race-winning contention.
Four racing teams. One epic team launch.
Save the date. 👀 pic.twitter.com/WO3TRjf96H
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) January 17, 2022
As is usually the case with McLaren, a reveal at its Woking base is the location of the new car.
When: February 21
Alpine’s launch will take place on February 21 two days before the first pre-season test in Barcelona is set to get underway.
Something's coming… We're edging closer to the new era of #Alpine innovation.
— Alpine F1 Team (@AlpineF1Team) January 26, 2022
The team has undergone a great deal of change in the winter. Its leadership line-up has morphed with both Marcin Budkowski and Alain Prost leaving their positions. Budkowski’s departure comes just a year after he was appointed as executive director of the F1 team.
It leaves an opening that the team is rumoured to have a replacement for in mind already. Whether former Aston Martin CEO and team boss Otmar Szafnaeur makes the switch from green to blue remains to be confirmed: is he the man to drive Alpine back to the forefront of F1?
When: February 14
AlphaTauri will be aiming to restore itself to the top-end of the midfield fight with its 2022 creation, set to be unveiled on February 14 ahead of winter testing.
The team usually shows off any new car with an online reveal of its car before releasing more imagery after the initial launch.
— Scuderia AlphaTauri (@AlphaTauriF1) January 26, 2022
Arguably one of 2021’s underperforming teams, AlphaTauri will be aiming for much better results in 2022 when the season gets underway.
Yuki Tsunoda struggled in his rookie season while Pierre Gasly performed admirably in qualifying but struggled to replicate those lofty highs in the race.
The team did post a teaser of the 2022 car on its social media, though we expect the AT03 will look a little different than this Back to the Future version
When: February 10
Where: Aston Martin Lagonda
The first team to confirm the date of its car launch. Aston Martin will reveal the AMR22 on February 10 at its AM Lagonda headquarters.
Last year the team put on a spare-no-expense showing, with celebrity appearances from actress Gemma Arterton, music artist Dave, James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, and NFL legend Tom Brady.
— Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team (@AstonMartinF1) January 14, 2022
In 2021, Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll struggled to be competitive in the carried-over Mercedes copy and were hit hardest by the regulation changes in the floor area.
They finished the championship 13th and 14th respectively and will be hoping the new regulations provide a better opportunity to catch the front of the midfield and make fights for podiums more regular.
The team will also be without former boss Otmar Szafnauer after announcing that he had left the team with immediate effect ahead of the 2022 season. Rumours suggest he could be popping up at Alpine in the near future.
Slowly but surely, Williams has found improvements to lift itself out of the F1 doldrums but there’s still some way to go in getting the great name back to the front.
It’ll be without star driver George Russell in 2022 following his promotion to Mercedes, but the returning Alexander Albon will be hoping to pick up where his compatriot left off.
The team’s augmented reality launch plans didn’t go according to the script last season following that idea lead to the leak of the FW43, so we’ll likely get something a bit more basic in 2022.
The only team on the 2022 grid with an all-new driver line-up, Alfa Romeo heads into the new campaign on the back of a disappointing season last time out, falling behind Williams in the constructors’ standings.
Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou will combine experience with youth and ideally drive the Hinwil team back to the mid pack unless it can go even better with the new car.
The plans for a launch aren’t known yet but the team has released studio shots of its new challenger in each of the past two seasons.
Things cannot be worse for Haas in 2022, or so the team will hope.
Rock bottom of the pile last year, focus has squarely been on the new regulations for the forthcoming season in the hopes of challenging another team for position.
There’s no plans as of yet for the team’s ’22 launch but it has usually revealed its livery on the old car prior to winter testing beginning. It’ll be a bit harder to do that this year with the revolution in terms of aesthetics, so hopefully we’ll see the American squad’s car before garage doors rise in Barcelona.