Formula One

F1 Standings: Who has the most points in the 2022 season?

As we near the end of what has been an exhilarating 2022 F1 season, it’s worth taking a look at the incredible drivers’ F1 standings and highlights.

Main Highlights

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Max Verstappen took home his second World Championship this season, and with the help of his teammate Sergio Perez, secured a win for Red Bull in the Constructors’ Championship.

However, it hasn’t been all sunshine and rainbows for Red Bull. In October, Red Bull was fined $7 million (£6.05 million) and given a 10% reduction in aerodynamic testing for exceeding F1’s cost cap for 2021. The decision was described as ‘draconian’ by Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner, who insisted the punishment would have a significant impact on his team’s ability to compete in the future. It is the only team discovered to have exceeded the cap, which was implemented for the first time last year.

Sebastian Vettel announced that the 2022 F1 season will be his last season of racing, as he’s retiring. So we can expect to see some tearful goodbyes on the track this weekend, although we can’t forget his incredible contributions to Formula One. 

Sebastian Vettel has had a long and amazing career in Formula One. He started his F1 career in 2006. Since then, he has won an astonishing 4 championships and has accumulated 53 Grand Prix wins!

George Russell is finishing the 2022 season with a bang! He finally managed to secure himself a Grand Prix win in the Brazil Grand Prix. And he also won the fastest lap award in the US, Mexico and Brazil GP. He’s definitely going to want to continue this streak into the 2023 season!

F1 Standings: 2022 Season Grand Prix Winners: 

Bahrain Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc 

Saudi Arabia Grand Prix: Max Verstappen 

Australia Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc 

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: Max Verstappen

Miami Grand Prix: Max Verstappen

Spain Grand Prix: Max Verstappen 

Monaco Grand Prix: Sergio Perez

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Max Verstappen 

Canada Grand Prix: Max Verstappen

Great Britain Grand Prix: Carlos Sainz

Austria Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc

France Grand Prix: Max Verstappen

Hungary Grand Prix: Max Verstappen

Belgium Grand Prix: Max Verstappen

Netherlands Grand Prix: Max Verstappen

Italy Grand Prix: Max Verstappen

Singapore Grand Prix: Sergio Perez

Japan Grand Prix: Max Verstappen

US Grand Prix: Max Verstappen

Mexico Grand Prix: Max Verstappen

Brazil Grand Prix: George Russell 

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: TBD

The season started well for Charles Leclerc, and many thought he could take the championship away from Verstappen this year. However, as the season progressed, Verstappen’s dominance shone through and he was able to gain victory after victory.

Many had high hopes for Carlos Sainz too, however luck wasn’t on his side as he only managed to win one Grand Prix.

The 7-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton, arguably the greatest driver ever in Formula One, has not managed to secure himself a win this season. It’s a huge shock, as he has been dominating the F1 scene for many years. And the return to the Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit is bound to sting Hamilton, who just missed out on securing his world record-breaking 8th World Championship title on the track in 2021, where he battled it out with Verstappen.

F1 Standings: Constructors’ Championship

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Below is how the Constructors’ Championship is looking just before the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix:

  1. Red Bull – 719 points
  2. Ferrari – 524 points 
  3. Mercedes – 505 points 
  4. Alpine Renault – 167 points 
  5. McLaren Mercedes – 148 points 
  6. Alfa Romeo Ferrari – 55 points 
  7. Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes – 50 points
  8. HAAS Ferrari – 37 points 
  9. Alphatauri RBPT – 35 points 
  10. Williams Mercedes – 8 points

F1 Standings: Fastest Lap Awards

In every Grand Prix, there’s a driver who sets the fastest time for whizzing around the track. And it’s not always the race winner…

With the ‘DHL Fastest Lap Award’, DHL has set a new standard for speed since 2007.

In each race, one driver sets the fastest lap, and the award goes to the driver who sets the most laps throughout the season. 

And if the winner of the fastest lap finishes in the Top 10, he will be awarded 1 point towards the Championship! 

Below is how the 2022 fastest lap awards look like heading into the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

2022 Fastest Lap Awards

Bahrain Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc 

Saudi Arabia Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc  

Australia Grand Prix: Charles Leclerc 

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix: Max Verstappen

Miami Grand Prix: Max Verstappen

Spain Grand Prix: Sergio Perez 

Monaco Grand Prix: Lando Norris 

Azerbaijan Grand Prix: Sergio Perez

Canada Grand Prix: Carlos Sainz

Great Britain Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton 

Austria Grand Prix: Max Verstappen

France Grand Prix: Carlos Sainz

Hungary Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton

Belgium Grand Prix: Max Verstappen

Netherlands Grand Prix: Max Verstappen

Italy Grand Prix: Sergio Perez

Singapore Grand Prix: George Russell

Japan Grand Prix: Zhou Guanyu

US Grand Prix: George Russell

Mexico Grand Prix: George Russell

Brasil Grand Prix: George Russell 

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: TBD

We can see that Charles Leclerc had a fantastic start to the season, winning 3 back-to-back fastest lap awards. 

George Russell’s speed has also shone through, as he’s won the award 4 out of the 5 last races! 

Zhou Guanyu from HAAS managed to secure himself the fastest lap in Japan, however, he finished in 16th place. He sadly missed out on getting that bonus point, as he didn’t come in the Top 10.

F1 2023 Predictions

2022 was a glimpse into a super competitive Formula One environment. After 7 years of Mercedes’ domination, we finally saw what a Formula One season could look like with more than just 1 team dominating. 

Although it can be said that Red Bull is the dominating force, we have seen Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Mercedes’ George Russell really step up and show what they can do. We’re definitely going to be looking at Lando Norris too, who has shown us he could be a Championship contender. 

In the 2023 season, we can expect to see Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull in fierce competition for the Championship. 

It’s shaping up to be one of the most competitive seasons we will have seen in a while, particularly with the unexpected re-emergence of Ferrari.