*** As with last season's thread, we'll be talking freely about races without spoiler tags, so please beware if you watch races on a delay! ***
How to watch in the US:
- ESPN carries races live both on their various broadcast channels, but also on their various apps as long as you’ve got a TV provider login with the appropriate access to ESPN.
- F1TV is an official streaming service that offers two tiers. The “Pro” tier lets you stream races live for about $80 a year, but you can get on demand streams of all races for a much more reasonable $26 a year if you don’t fancy waking up at 5 AM or something for like 2/3rds of the races. There are also month to month subscriptions available, and there might be promos available as we approach the start of the season.
- The official F1 YouTube channel doesn't offer full replays, but they do have great highlights packages for every practice, qualifying, and race session throughout the year, as well as great interview an analysis coverage throughout race weekends, and a variety of other miscellaneous interesting video clips in between.
Can I get a concise overview of where the sport stands at the start of the season?
I'll update with a video as soon as I see one pop up.
When and where are the races?
I mean, who could really say?
For now, this is what the tentative schedule looks like -- as with the last two years though, don't be surprised if things change as the season progresses and the world continues to fail to properly handle the ongoing pandemic.
February 23 - 25: Barcelona
March 10 - 12: Bahrain
The Russian GP has been cancelled because they invaded Ukraine. I'll update the graphic here whenever it becomes clear what replacement (if any) is found.
Who are the teams?
Car launches are complete, so here's (mostly) what the grid will look like this year:
I say mostly because Haas won't be using that livery. In response to Russia invading Ukraine, they dropped Uralkali as a title and livery sponsor, and the car looks like this:
Once I find an updated graphic, I'll replace the current one to reflect this change.
As for drivers, here's a quick infographic showing how drivers changed from last season.
Worth noting: In addition to Haas likely needing a new livery, they also dropped Nikita Mazepin, whose seat was only secured by the Uralkali sponsorship. Also, he's the sh*tty fail son of the company's owner, who is one of the oligarchs in Putin's inner circle. Indeed, a few weeks into Russia's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine both he and his father were added as individual targets of economic sanctions, so there's no world in which it would have been tenable for him to remain as a driver in any international racing series.
Other Useful Links:
GWJ F1 Fantasy League: https://fantasy.formula1.com/league/...
The invite code to join is: bc10216117
Drive to Survive, Netflix's excellent documentary series about the sport, an great way to introduced yourself to the sport. You'll learn all about the sport in general, meet the current drivers, and get an abridged recap of the 2018 through 2021 seasons of the sport.