The F1 Blog: Aston Martin First To Unveil New Car

In this new monthly Formula One betting blog we’ll bring you all the latest F1 gossip combined with expert insights and cold hard stats to dig out some value F1 bets for the forthcoming season.

F1 Betting Blog - Pre-season F1 News

The race action kicks off with the Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir on March 20th. For the full F1 2022 race calendar visit the main F1 betting page here.


Let’s Krack On

If a week is a long time in politics what about Formula 1? Within 10 days of Otmar Szafnauer parting ways with Aston Martin the team have appointed Mike Krack as the team’s new F1 team principal. The appointment puts Krack beneath Lawrence Stroll and Group CEO Martin Whitmarsh in the new Aston Martin chain of command.

The 49-year-old German has experience in Formula 1 dating back to 2001 when he joined the Sauber team. He also has Formula 1 experience with BMW and has worked in Formula 3 and German Touring Cars.

Stroll Has the Spending Power

Lawrence Stroll was not known amongst mainstream motor fans until 2017 when his son Lance, then 19, began his Formula 1 career racing for Williams. Stroll reportedly paid $80 million to Williams prior to his son’s Formula 1 debut.

The team were weak in 2017 and woeful in 2018. Resultantly Stroll headed a consortium that purchased the Racing Point team in 2019 (then called Force India) and Lance Stroll was transferred into that team’s race seat.

In January 2020 Stroll then led a consortium to invest £182 million into Aston Martin in return for 16.7% stake in the famous company. At this time the Racing Point team was rebranded Aston Martin. Odds of 80/1 are available if you fancy an upset.

Billions of Reasons for Latifi to Move Next

So Lance Stroll is a son of a verified billionaire. But he is not alone. There are two other drivers on the 2022 grid that have fathers who have a bank-balance starting in a single digit and ending with nine zeros.

Russian Nikita Mazepin and Nicholas Latifi are in the same boat. Interestingly Latifi senior, CEO of major Canadian food conglomerate Sofina, invested $200 million into the McLaren Formula 1 team in 2018. Will we see a Stroll-esque move for Nicholas Latifi from his current home at Williams to McLaren sometime in the future? As we know, money talks!

Full F1 Constructors Championship Odds via bet365*

  • 8/15 Mercedes
  • 13/5 Red Bull
  • 6/1 Ferrari
  • 25/1 McLaren
  • 40/1 Alpine
  • 66/1 Aston Martin
  • 66/1 AlphaTauri
  • 200/1 Williams
  • 200/1 Haas
  • 250/1 Alfa Romeo

* F1 constructors odds correct at the time of publication. All F1 odds subject to changes.

Aston First …in Date Race

Meanwhile Aston Martin are the first team to have announced a launch date for their 2022 Formula 1 car. On February 10, the first new-spec Formula 1 car, complete with new colour scheme and livery will be unveiled at Aston Martin’s headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

Guanyu Zhou the Only Rookie

Days before Christmas, Ferrari declared their launch would be February 16th, 17th or 18th. Like Aston Martin, with an identical line-up to 2021, only a new car and not a new driver will be unveiled.

The Alfa Romeo car launch should be a different affair altogether. In 2022 the team will be known as Alfa Romeo Orlen with their sponsors, Orlen, set to be more visible than in the past. Not only will their car be different in appearance, they have two new drivers for 2022 – Valtteri Bottas and the only new face in Formula 1, China’s Guanyu Zhou.

China is an emerging market in terms of driver talent so the 22-year-old’s ability and progress will be fascinating to chart.