2021 was a spectacular year for motorsport. More records were broken, new winners emerged, and dramatic finishes were aplenty.And now, with Formula 1, WEC and MotoGP all set to return this month, we at TrackDays have decided to give you the lowdown on what to expect for the upcoming season.
F1 has received one of its biggest technical overhauls this season, with a seismic shift in aerodynamic, wheel, suspension, component classification and engine regulations. This will force teams to rethink how they design their vehicles, meaning only the very best and most imaginative will benefit from the changes and flourish.
So, for our money, fresh from his maiden world title, the adaptable Max Verstappen will be stronger than ever this year. And of course, he will be pushed all the way by the most successful driver the sport has ever seen – Lewis Hamilton.
But it will by no means be a two horse race. Remarkably, only Alfa Romeo and Haas missed out on podium finishes last year, meaning a total of eight different teams scored podium finishes. However, we expect all teams to register at least one podium finish this year, as even the smaller teams up their game.
With the above in mind, it certainly points to being a very interesting season this time around, with the next chapter of the Verstappen-Hamilton rivalry set to be the best yet, with the underdogs snapping at their heels as they look to register more podium places.
Season 10 of the FIA World Endurance Championship will see the championship's biggest ever grid as the WEC enters a new golden era.
The introduction of the Hypercar category last season has seen an influx of manufacturers commit to the WEC with Peugeot set to join Toyota, Alpine and Glickenhaus on the grid in 2022. The Hypercar class is the top tier category in the FIA World Endurance Championship which is open to both specialised prototypes and cars based around roadgoing vehicles.
What's more, Audi, Porsche and Ferrari are also expected to follow suit in the foreseeable future. So, make sure you look out for fresh faces and brand new entries at this season's opener on 18th March at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.
To anyone having withdrawal symptoms from a lack of MotoGP action, the wait will soon be over as the new season kicks off on Sunday 6th March in Qatar.
Fans of Marc Marquez and Honda would have been thrilled to hear that he was fit enough to start testing. This means he should be ready for the new season and is certainly our tip to be crowned champion this season however he will surely face stiff competition by way of defending champion Quartararo and 2020 champion Mir, together with Bagnaia and Miller.
In other news, MotoGP will be returning to Indonesia for the first time since 1997, which will surely delight old and new fans alike.
This year's motorsport season promises to be one of the best yet. If you're inspired by any of the above, check out our range of automotive experiences, including the chance to enjoy a Formula 1 Driving Experience, go on a Motorcycle Track Day or book one of our Classic Car Experiences.