Welcome to the weekend! Formula 1 has announced the 2022 calendar. Here’s the ASN Morning Brief. Word count: 642 … 4 1/2 minutes.
The big one ?: Formula 1 announces 2022 season calendar
Formula 1 has announced the official calendar for the 2022 season.
- A preliminary version of next season’s calendar was circulating through the media weeks ago, and Formula 1 has now released an official version.
Honda divided: Some want to stay, but the corporation goes out
AlphaTauri’s team principal Franz Tost believes there is a division inside Honda between management who wants to stay in Formula 1, and those who think the company should head in another direction.
Why it matters: Honda will leave Formula 1 as an engine supplier by the end of the 2022 season with the goal of becoming carbon-neutral.
- The Austrian said “some managers” at Honda wanted to continue in Formula 1 as they are “happy” to do it.
- Tost is insecure whether Honda will come back to the sport or not in the future.
What he said:
- “I can’t speak in the name of the management, or the board at Honda, but there are some people, or some managers, who are satisfied and happy to do Formula 1, and others who think the company should go in another direction.”
- “Wether Honda will come back or not, I don’t know. They have decided to stop at the end of this year and will provide us an Red Bull Racing with engines in 2022.”
- “From 2023 onwards, the engine will be built and designed by Red Bull Powertrain Technology Group. As for the rest, we’ll see.”
HWA has announced that the team will cease its Formula 2 operations at the end of this year’s campaign.
Why it matters: It has been announced earlier this week that Van Amersfoort Racing will replace HWA in Formula 3 in 2022.
- HWA is currently 11th in the Teams’ Championship with 9 points scored.
- The team that will replace HWA in F2 is yet to be announced.
- “After three eventful years, the HWA Racelab team will withdraw from both FIA Formula 3 and FIA Formula 2 at the end of the season and will forego future activities in these two series.”
- “HWA AG came to this decision in the wake of the current business planning and the resource allocation required to pursue this strategy.”
- “The HWA Racelab team would like to thank all its partners and supporters for the cooperation over the past few years, as well as all those involved in the teams and racing series. We have gained a lot of experience, which we will use in future projects together.”
Perez: It’s not easy to be Verstappen’s teammate
Sergio Perez admits that being Max Verstappen’s teammate is a difficult task.
- The Mexican believes that he is mentally strong enough to drive well in the RB16B car.
- Perez praises the performance of the Red Bull car.
What he had to say:
- “It’s not easy being Max’s teammate because he’s at one with the car. He’s really delivering at a very high level.”
- “We’ve got a unique car in a way and it hasn’t been easy. There’s no secret about it, but you need to be mentally very strong after each day and I think that’s one of my strengths, to take the most out of it and try to get the maximum out of every Sunday.”
- “I had a difficult process to adapt to the car, but nothing too dramatic. It’s obviously a very good package and a very competitive one and Max is showing that this car is, if not the best, one of the best out there.”
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