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SAUDI ARABIA GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

THE SLEEPING GIANT AWAKES.

The 2022 Formula One season is officially up and running! A new era in Formula One began in Bahrain and was dominated by Ferrari. Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton made it onto the podium after both Red Bulls retired with suspected Fuel pump problems. Work to do for reigning champion Max Verstappen and Red Bull as we head to Saudi Arabia for round 2 of the season.

LATE REGISTRATION 

With the Formula One season underway so is our season-long contest. The great news is it’s not too late to either join, or add more entries and enhance your chance of finishing top spot and winning €2,000. 

The advantage of late registration is that you’ve already seen what the cars can do on track!

To give you a fighting chance of catching the early pace setters every late reg team starts on the average score from race 1. This means every late reg team will start on 147 points. .

Late registration is open till Friday March 25, 17.00GMT/18.00CET. 

Entry is €20, 10 max teams per user.

New users head to FanTeam.com to sign up now.

Existing users click here for direct access to the season-long lobby

THE TEAMS AND DRIVERS

The first race of the season and Max Verstappen’s title defense did not go to plan for Red Bull as both drivers finished the race inside the pit lane. The good news for Red Bull is they were competitive throughout and clearly have a car that can compete with Ferrari, if they can sort out their fuel pump issues.

The Ferrari was brilliant and fast all weekend, as they lived up to that pre-season hype finishing 1-2 in Bahrain. They’ll be looking for more of that again this week as they look to extend their championship lead. 

Perhaps the surprise of the weekend in Bahrain was 7 times world champion Lewis Hamilton finishing on the podium. A surprise because Mercedes was massively off the pace and had a ton of work to do to gain on Red Bull and Ferrari. 

The middle of the pack was as entertaining as we thought it could be. The Haas looked like what we saw in preseason as Kevin Magnussen finished 5th on the grid. Valteri Bottas finished an impressive 6th and perhaps showed that there’s more to this Alfa Romeo than what we’ve seen before.

Back of the grid was dominated by Aston Martin and McLaren! Yes, last year’s fourth placed constructor had a dreadful opener and have a ton of work to do to get this car back up the grid.

Race weekend this week includes all 10 teams and all 20 drivers and will begin on 25-27 March.

RECENT WINNERS

2021: Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

THE TRACK

Jeddah Corniche Circuit  

Laps: 50

Circuit Length 6.174KM

Race length 308.450KM

Lewis Hamilton triumphed in the inaugural race at the Jeddah circuit last season. A race that was dominated by Mercedes and gave them their 8th straight constructors title. The race has moved from second last year to second of the season this year.

The Jeddah circuit is a street race and was the fastest street circuit of the season last year. Cars will reach speeds of 250km/h as they drive past the Red Sea under the street lights at night.

Organizers have had to change a ton this year after drivers publicly voiced safety concerns last year, mainly regarding visibility. Last year’s race saw 2 red flags and a number of high speed crashes so organizers have had to make tweaks, mainly at turns 2,3 and 14 where barriers will be moved back.

It will be interesting to see what impact these changes have on the qualifying and the race. It’s worth noting that Ferrari have a strong record on street tracks, mainly Monaco so it’s very hard to see past them again this week.

THE CONTESTS

The season-long contest  late registration deadline is Friday 25 March. Gain access to the season-long lobby and full weekend lobby’s below.

€20 – Formula One Season-Long Late Registration Contest €20,000 GTD 25 March – 20 November 

€12 – Formula One Full Weekend €1,500 GTD 26-27 March

€2 – Formula One Full Weekend €500 GTD 26-27 March

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