The 2022 Formula 1 season is behind the corner, and has already attracted everyone's attention.
People are curious to find out what will happen with the new regulations, because next year the championship will undergo one of the greatest technical revolutions ever, and how the Covid-19 situation will evolve.
There have been several changes in the driver line-ups, Mercedes will change it for the first time since 2016, Alfa Romeo has replaced both drivers, also welcoming a rookie.
Formula 1 will have the longest calendar ever, with 23 races scheduled for the 2022 season, including Australia, Canada, Singapore and Japan, cancelled in the last two seasons due to Covid and travelling restrictions.
Countries like Australia do not limit restrictions, in fact, if all goes well, the GP in April will remain strictly under observation, with a 14-day hotel quarantine to be respected.
"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little bit worried, I am," Formula 1 sporting director Steve Nielsen said, when asked by Motorsport.com, about the pandemic situation.
"Because as you've quite rightly pointed out that the optimism that we perhaps had a couple of months ago that the pandemic was on the back foot has been knocked back a bit in the last two or three weeks.
"So it's an ever-changing situation,” – he added – “Since the beginning, this thing has risen up and fallen away, depending on which region you're going in. And we've had to tip-toe around those changing infection rates and try and fit it with our calendar.
"I think the only thing in our favour is obviously in 2020, the pandemic was new to every country. And now while it's still a terrible thing, the world is gradually learning to live with it.
"So some of the more severe restrictions that we were seeing, certainly last year, and the first part of this year, countries are putting more robust protocols in place and learning to live with the virus.
"Which hopefully means that they can continue to accept international visitors, which is obviously a massive, important thing we need in order to be able to carry our championship around. So we are nervous of it.
"I'm pretty certain we can deliver the calendar we have, but we will monitor it and we will react if we have to."
When asked if F1 already has a plan B with alternative tracks to replace others, just in case, Nielsen insisted that F1 is fully focused on the dates already in the calendar.
"Honestly, we're on Plan A. And we're not looking at any alternatives to Plan A. If we have to, and because things change, we'll do that. But that's far away at the moment."