With 13 rounds into the 2022 season and 20 drivers showing what they can do in this new era of F1 cars, how are the qualifying and racing battles going on within the teams? As F1 enters its summer closure, let’s see how teammates compare after the Hungarian Grand Prix…
But first, here are some basic rules of scoring.
Final grid slots are used to determine the results of qualifying battles
The team’s two non-finishes are without scores for both drivers. If the team has 1 driver to finish and he has no more drivers to finish, it is an automatic point.
Final grid position counts as ‘best grid position’, not first order from qualifying
Mechanical failures and/or collisions registered as classified finishes are counted here as DNFs.
After winning the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen is a dominant force with eight wins and an 80-point lead in the standings. Teammate Sergio Perez has his one win (Monaco) and his one pole position (Saudi Arabia) after 13 rounds, with Perez trailing Verstappen by 85 points in the championship. Both have suffered DNFs, with Verstappen coming early in Bahrain and Australia. Perez’s is located in Bahrain, Canada and Austria.
Perez has consistently finished fifth or better in all his races (excluding DNF), but has only gone two weekends without Verstappen winning, winning both sprints. .
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Charles Leclerc is second in the rankings and Carlos Sainz is fifth, but they are only 22 points apart. The qualifying stakes, where Leclerc has won his seven of his thirteen pole positions, are not that close, but most recently in France teammate Carlos Sainz of his took pole position at Silverstone. did. Meanwhile, Leclerc has his three wins in Bahrain, Australia and Austria.
Reliability issues hit both drivers. Sainz has his four DNFs and Leclerc his three. Additionally, Leclerc’s three DNFs (Spain, Baku, France) were results from pole position. It kind of helps tell the story of Ferrari’s season so far…
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George Russell has a top-five finish at weekend bar Great Britain (DNF), only 12 points behind Lewis Hamilton. Lewis Hamilton is on the podium five times in a row after a difficult start to his 2022 that included his 10th place in Saudi Arabia. P13 in Imola.
Additionally, Hamilton has outpaced Russell over the past five weekends, making the pair nearly even on the stakes for races and qualifying. Mercedes is also obsessed with reliability, with the Silverstone crash being the only time either driver failed to finish.
Great consistency from both drivers allowed the Silver Arrows to come within 30 points of Ferrari in the Constructors’ Stakes.
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With Fernando Alonso in 10th and Esteban Ocon in 8th sharing 17 points, Alpine scored on every round bar during the sprint weekend at Imola.
Alonso beat Ocon on Saturday and qualified 2nd in the wet in Canada, but Ocon scored more points with just one DNF (Silverstone) and a worst 14th place in Imola. . Speaking of the two-time champion, from Spain to Hungary after suffering his two DNFs he finished 17th and 11th in his first five weekends of 2022. 8 consecutive wins.
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Only Perez and Verstappen have a larger margin within the team than Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, the former 57 points ahead of the latter. Norris, the only driver outside the top six in the drivers’ standings (at Imola) to finish on the podium in 2022, has scored ten points this season, while Ricciardo has scored points on five weekends. did.
Norris has so far outpaced his teammate 11-2 and only the pair of Haas and Williams have been so far behind in the qualifying stakes. However, Ricciardo is enjoying his best result and qualifying of 6th and hopes it will continue to do so in Belgium and beyond.
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Rookie Guanyu Zhou has had the most DNFs this season – which is why he has had more races than any other driver on the grid so far, and why team-mate Valtteri Bottas It explains why you have earned over 90% of Alfa Romeo points. So far, only Williams’ Alex Albon has scored a higher percentage of points for the team in 2022.
Zhou finished eighth best behind Canada’s Bottas, whose Alfa Romeo scored the final points score.
Bottas’ three DNFs and a weekend of reliability thwarted did not help him realize the full potential of the C42 and Finn’s best fifth place finish was back at Imola.
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After failing to score points in the first nine rounds of 2022 and crashing in qualifying to miss the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Mick Schumacher finished eighth in Great Britain (from 19th on the grid) and sixth in Austria. did.
Team-mate Kevin Magnussen also posted solid results with 10th at Silverstone and 8th at Austria, but a much better start to the season with a best 5th at Bahrain and points at Jeddah and Imola. I was strong. Both drivers therefore posted healthy scores, but a DNF held them back as Magnussen suffered his four versus Schumacher’s two.
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AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly and Yuki Tsunoda have been playing almost evenly this season, but Gasly overtook his Japanese teammate 8-5 and outscored him by five points after 13 rounds.
Tsunoda’s best point was a 7th-place finish at Imola, and Gasly scored a team-best 5th place of the season in Azerbaijan, but since then AlphaTauri have suffered three DNFs and scored in the last five weekends. I couldn’t get it. French Grand Prix.
Despite failing to DNF, Tsunoda collided with Gasly at Silverstone. Since then, the team has lagged behind Haas.
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At Aston Martin, Sebastian Vettel leads teammate Lance Stroll 6-5 in the race finish (the four-time champion missed the first two races after Nico Hulkenberg intervened), but , Vettel scored 16 of Aston Martin’s 20 points. four others. The pair have also gone wheel-to-wheel in recent weeks, bringing great late-race excitement.
However, Vettel has had a stroll run when it comes to qualifying, finishing sixth in Azerbaijan, the team’s best result. The team is also pretty solid in their racing reliability. Vettel scored a DNF in Australia and Miami, while Stroll scored a DNF in Azerbaijan.
But points are hard to come by and Stroll has finished in the top 10 four times so far.
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Williams has three points so far, all three coming from Alex Albon, who leads Nicholas Latifi to 10-3 so far this season.
Latifi fell short of his teammate in qualifying, but the Canadian made it to Q3 at Silverstone and most recently FP3 in Hungary.
Worth noting is the fact that Albon scored two points in the first five races. He scored in Australia and then earned his ninth place in Miami. Since then, the team has had a fruitless run. They’ve brought upgrades to Silverstone, but Williams still hasn’t been able to keep up with the midfield battle.
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