Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Rolex 10th Year in Formula 1

2022 Formula 1 Season

Rolex 10th Year in Formula 1

New Season Starts Sunday

The first race of the 2022 FIA Formula One World Championship takes place this weekend on Sunday 20 March at Bahrain International Circuit. This year the sport undergoes a technical revolution with the largest update to its regulations in decades. 

It also marks Rolex’s 10th season as a Global Partner and the Official Timepiece of Formula 1. Rolex chose to partner with Formula 1 because it is the pinnacle of motor sport through every transformation, advanced engineering, timeless appeal and world-class competition.

Two legendary Rolex ambassadors in one shot: Australian Mark Webber is rocking a Rolex Daytona in white gold and blue dial while the "Flying Scotsman"  Sir Jackie Stewart is seen with a gold Day-Date on a beautiful green leather strap.

Sir Jackie Stewart with his Day-Date on Rolex-green leather strap. Next to him is pro golfer Ian Poulter. Stewart has worn a Rolex watch for over five decades.

Sir Jackie Stewart on Rolex's 10th year in Formula 1:

"This year marks 10 seasons of Rolex’s partnership with Formula 1. Since the beginning both have embodied ground-breaking technology, precision and ingenuity at every level, while having a mutual appreciation for magnificent craftsmanship, style and, ultimately, the importance of timing."

Rolex said of Sir Jackie Stewart: 

"One of the most celebrated drivers of the last 50 years. Born in Scotland in 1939, Sir Jackie Stewart is undoubtedly an emblematic figure in contemporary motor racing. His achievements make him one of the most celebrated Formula 1 drivers of the last 50 years. His commitment to driver safety has revolutionized the face of motor sport. He has also gone on to achieve one of the greatest reputations as a sportsman in the media world. Sir Jackie Stewart took part in 99 Formula 1 Grand Prix races, winning 27, carrying off three world championships (1969, 1971 and 1973) and finishing 43 times on the podium. He has been a Rolex Testimonee since 1968."

Below: Sir Jackie Stewart (right) standing next to Emerson Fittipaldi in 1973. 

The 2022 pre-season testing, which ended last weekend in Bahrain, highlighted how Formula 1 continues to push the boundaries: The new regulations have resulted in significant changes to the design of the machines. A return to ground-effect aerodynamics, low-profile tires and wheel covers aims to promote closer racing between the 20 drivers. In addition to creating a tighter field, the rules embrace the target to achieve 100 per cent sustainable fuels by the middle of the decade and the comprehensive cost cap means the 10 teams are operating under different circumstances.