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In the round-up: Mercedes fire up 2022 car for first time

In brief

Mercedes fire up W13 for first time

Constructors’ champions Mercedes have become the first Formula 1 team to share public footage of their 2022 car being fired up ahead of pre-season testing next season.

In a video shared by the team on social media, Mercedes showed the power unit of their unlaunched W13 being fired into life for the first time. No images of the chassis itself were shared, but team principal Toto Wolff can be seen smiling in approval.

The 2022 season will see the look of cars change dramatically, with a raft of technical regulations changes designed to make Formula 1 cars able to run closer together without suffering from aerodynamic performance loss as a result of dirty air. It will be Mercedes’ first season with the driver pairing of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.

Pre-season testing will commence on 23 February 2022 with a three day test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain. Teams will then head to Bahrain for a second three day test at the Sakhir circuit before the season begins in Bahrain the following week.

Haas VF-22 passes FIA crash test

Haas have announced their 2022 challenger – the VF-22 – has formally passed its mandatory FIA safety crash test.

In a post to social media, the team shared an image of a mocked-up crash test result card dated December 23, with a ‘pass’ stamped on it, indicating the team’s chassis for next season had been officially homologated.

Haas’s new car will not have much to do to be more successful than its predecessor. The team finished the season scoreless, taking tenth and last place in the constructors’ championship with team principal Guenther Steiner openly admitting at the beginning of the season that the team were focusing all their development work on the 2022 car.

Verstappen named Dutch sportsman of the year

Max Verstappen has been named ‘sportsman of the year’ in his home nation of the Netherlands after securing his first Formula 1 world championship in 2021.

The Netherlands Olympic Committee and Sports Federation announced that Verstappen had been awarded the honour – voted by Dutch athletes and a panel of experts – at a gala broadcast live on Dutch television, with the award accepted by Verstappen’s father, Jos. Multiple Olympic gold medal winning middle distance runner, Sifan Hassan, was awarded sportswoman of the year.

It is the second time Verstappen has awarded the title by his Dutch sporting peers. He first won the award in 2016 after becoming the youngest driver ever to win a Formula 1 grand prix.

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On this day in motorsport

  • Born 80 years today: Howden Ganley, who raced for BRM, Frank Williams and March in the seventies. His career was cut short when he was injured in a crash while driving for his final team, Maki, at the Nurburgring, following suspension failure.