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Old 19th May 2021, 15:14   #1
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Guys, starting off the 2022 season thread. Please post everything regarding the 2022 F1 season here!

Kicking it off with Lando's contact extension.

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Lando Norris has been rewarded for his impressive growth as a Formula 1 driver and strong start to the 2021 campaign with a fresh multi-year contract to extend his stay at McLaren for 2022 and beyond.

The Briton – who has been part of the McLaren family since 2017 – scored the second podium of his career in Imola earlier this year, to sit fourth in the drivers’ standings, and is on a run of nine successive points finishes.

On the eve of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, where McLaren will race a one-off Gulf Oil inspired blue and orange livery, the British team announced the new deal for the 21-year-old.

It means Norris will be with the team until at least the end of 2023, bringing him in line with new team mate Daniel Ricciardo’s contract – with the Australian revealing earlier this year he signed a three-year deal from this season.

McLaren said in a statement that “the confirmation of its driver pairing beyond 2022 signals McLaren Racing’s commitment to stability for the future and represents a further step in the team’s long-term plan to compete at the front of the field”.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown said: “I’m delighted with the extension of our agreement with Lando for 2022 and beyond. He’s been instrumental in our return of form here at McLaren and we’re proud of the growth he’s shown since he first started with us back in 2017.

“Lando is one of the brightest talents on the Formula1 grid and we look forward to seeing him continue to go from strength-to-strength both on and off track.”

Team Principal Andreas Seidl added: “Our decision to confirm Lando’s long-term future at McLaren was very straightforward. Lando has impressed us since his rookie year with his performances, and his evolution as a driver since then has been clear to see.

“He’s an integral part of our performance recovery plan and his record so far, securing two podiums with the team over the past year and has shown he’s a formidable competitor on track.

“Like him, we have strong ambitions for our future together and I’m pleased we’re continuing this journey for both Lando and the team. In Lando and Daniel, we have a hugely talented and exciting driver line-up, and this announcement is a strong signal of commitment to the next chapter for McLaren from 2022 onwards.

Norris added: “I’m really pleased to have extended my relationship with McLaren from 2022. Having been with the team for almost five years, I feel very much part of the family here and I couldn’t imagine starting the next phase of my career anywhere else.

“McLaren has been a huge support since my days in junior series and I’ve really enjoyed learning and developing as a driver since.

“My commitment to McLaren is clear: my goal is to win races and become Formula 1 World Champion and I want to do that with this team. Since joining in 2017 our progression has been consistent and we have clear ambitions together for the future.

“I want to say thank you to Zak and Andreas for the belief they have shown in me since the beginning, and to the whole team for giving me such a strong environment to continue my career in.

“We’ve already had some incredible moments together which I’ll never forget – two podiums and securing P3 in the [constructors’] championship – and together with Daniel and the rest of the team, I’m looking forward to pushing for even more success in the years to come.”
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2021 Singapore GP called off.




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With the city state having kept tight control in restricting the spread of coronavirus thanks to strict entry rules, it was felt that opening up for thousands of people to attend the night race was not possible.

There has not yet been an official statement about the Singapore GP, but an F1 spokesperson made clear that the sportís commercial rights holder was working with promoters to ensure a full schedule could take place.

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Confirmed: 2021 Singapore GP Cancelled.

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Esteban Ocon signs three-year contract extension with Alpine




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Esteban Ocon has committed his future to Alpine by signing a three-year contract that will keep him at the French Formula 1 team until at least the end of 2024.

This year, the 24-year-old has on average outperformed his more decorated double world team mate Fernando Alonso, who returned to F1 this year after a two-year hiatus, scoring points four times in six Grands Prix.

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He deserves to stay in F1. I don't know why people hate him so much. He is a pretty solid driver.
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He deserves to stay in F1. I don't know why people hate him so much. He is a pretty solid driver.
I think Renault had to go for Ocon! I mean every top team today has locked in the best young drivers for a really long term! Mclaren has Norris, Ferrari have Leclerc, Redbull obviously have Max, Mercedes has Russell! And on top of this the very same teams have contracted other good drivers like Sainz, Ricciardo, Gasly in some ways. So Renault really had no option, Alonso isnít going to be around for much longer, I think this season Renault needed Ocon to sort of go up against Alonso and sort of prove himself. Agreed Alonso is not in his best form, but the team would have had ample data to run thru, so they had to lock him in, else Ocon would have become another option for Mercedes since he was part of their young drivers program. This way Renault has their own young gun for the long run

I think we have a bunch of really exciting drivers for the next 3-5 years, Leclerc, Max, Sainz, Norris, Gasly, Ocon, Russell. All of these guys are genuinely fast, although at the moment Leclerc and Max seem to be slightly better.
And Iím sure Ricciardo, Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel are also going to be hanging around for 2-4 years, but when regulations undergo massive changes in 2025, these young guys would be massively experienced and I cannot think of any other world champion in 2025 apart from these guys.
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I wouldn't be surprised if Gasly got hired by Renault in 2023. Imagine that - an all french team! I doubt Alonso will stick around for more than another season. He looks tired.
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Hamilton agrees to a 2 year contract with Mercedes in continuation of the current season.

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Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes will continue their immensely successful partnership in Formula 1 beyond this season, with the reigning seven-time world champion signing a two-year contract that will keep him in F1 with the Silver Arrows until at least the end of 2023.

It is the second contract Hamilton has done with Mercedes in six months, the Briton only putting pen to paper on his current one-year term a few weeks before pre-season testing began.

Both Hamilton and Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff were keen to avoid the contract saga dragging on again, so began talks much earlier and they were concluded within weeks before being announced on Saturday morning of the Austrian Grand Prix.

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Hamilton agrees to a 2-year contract with Mercedes in continuation of the current season.
So, that's Hamilton secured for that Mercedes seat for the next two years (until of course, he doesn't pull a Rosberg and bow out of his seat after winning the 8th title (be it, this year or the next).

Now, that brings up that second Mercedes seat. VB, on his days, can be a great wingman, he has the ability to win the races from Hamilton or even take the lead in case HAM has some problem. But, his chances of winning the title remain low with HAM and VER fighting for the top spot.

GR on the other hand has the ability and hunger. He's not had the privilege to score points in the Williams car, but he was sure as hell close to them last week. He has the potential to adapt very well, as we saw in the Sakhir race and will mostly, surely give HAM the Rosberg-like fight.

I feel HAM only wants Bottas and not Russell because he doesn't want a maybe, three-way battle with Russell & Verstappen. Only time will tell what's in store.
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If it was upto Hamilton, he would choose Bottas, much like Seb was rooting for Kimi to stay. Mercedes has to look at for future, and George is the future.
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