The 2022 Formulation 1 season is over half approach accomplished, however because the second leg of the season attracts nearer, it’s time to look again at how the 20 drivers on this season’s grid have fared over the primary 13 rounds.
These rankings are largely based mostly on RaceFans’ race weekend driver scores for every spherical of the season to date. Nevertheless, there are different elements that can be thought-about when rating every driver.
This primary half will cowl the drivers which have been ranked the bottom out of their friends. The remaining 15 drivers can be ranked in future articles over the approaching days.
N/A – Nico Hulkenberg – Aston Martin
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It’s straightforward to neglect that Nico Hulkenberg performed a task within the first two race weekends of Formulation 1’s new ground-effect period firstly of the 2022 season. Stepping in for Sebastian Vettel who examined optimistic for covid within the week main as much as the curtain-raising Bahrain Grand Prix the veteran of 181 grand prix begins confirmed as soon as once more why he’s essentially the most dependable short-notice substitute driver out there right this moment.
Hulkenberg’s exploits in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia had been unspectacular in comparison with his efforts for Racing Level again in 2020, however he additionally did a decent job in a automotive that was instantly among the many slowest of its friends on the grid. He outqualified Lance Stroll in Bahrain however, understandably, struggled along with his race tempo and completed final of vehicles on monitor. His Saturday efficiency on an unfamiliar Jeddah circuit was not as robust, however his Sunday was compromised by the early Security Automotive.
All in all, Hulkenberg’s efforts in his two race appearances proved that he’s nonetheless able to being one of many 20 privileged drivers to carry a spot on the Formulation 1 grid, however with solely two race weekends to his title, it’s not truthful to issue him into rankings based mostly on such a small pattern.
20 – Nicholas Latifi – Williams
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Even when he has change into a quite mean-spirited meme in F1 fan tradition three seasons into his profession, Nicholas Latifi does certainly have the unlucky distinction of being the least spectacular of the 20 drivers on the grid this far into the 2022 season.
However analysing the Williams driver’s season thus far, his rating because the lowest amongst his friends maybe speaks extra to the final high quality on the fashionable grid than it does about Latifi’s competency. In comparison with some drivers up to now that rapidly come to thoughts, Latifi’s largest weak point is only a normal lack of pace, quite than him being an inherently erratic or reckless driver.
That stated, Latifi has actually made greater than his fair proportion of errors to date in 2022. A really poor weekend in Saudi Arabia noticed him crash out of qualifying, then out of the race with an unforced error. Crashing beneath Security Automotive earlier than the Monaco Grand Prix had even begun additionally stands out as a low level.
Other than these moments, Latifi has merely been underwhelming on the occasions sheets – out-qualifying staff mate Alexander Albon solely as soon as. Satirically, his greatest weekend got here at Silverstone, when he missed out on the advantage of the upgraded Williams given to Albon. Latifi reached Q3 for the primary time within the moist (earlier than spinning) after which had an honest run to complete in twelfth, dropping eleventh within the closing laps.
Latifi doesn’t should be the butt of jokes, however it’s arduous to argue he additionally deserves the slot among the many 20 elite drivers in Formulation 1.
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19 – Daniel Ricciardo – McLaren
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After working the numbers a number of occasions and contemplating the context of every race weekend by itself deserves, there was no different conclusion to attract however that Daniel Ricciardo is the second-lowest ranked driver mid approach by means of the 2022 season.
Following a really tough first 12 months with McLaren in 2021 the place he struggled to adapt to the automotive, 2022 was presupposed to be the reset level for Ricciardo. Nevertheless, the acquainted sample of Ricciardo floundering whereas staff mate Lando Norris challenged on the high of the midfield has solely repeated to date this season, with the eight time grand prix winner scoring lower than 1 / 4 of his staff’s factors by means of 13 races.
Ricciardo did an affordable job on the very begin of the 12 months when he and Norris each needed to deal with McLaren’s braking woes, however as soon as they had been behind them and Norris got here in control, Ricciardo has too usually been far off his staff mate. Crashing out at flip one in Imola whereas Norris scored a podium was a standout instance and he was merely nowhere in comparison with Norris at Silverstone and the Hungaroring.
His lack of efficiency at McLaren is all of the extra mystifying when he exhibits he’s able to matching Norris, similar to in Azerbaijan – it’s simply far, far too rare. Whereas there may be nonetheless time for him to show his season round, his disappointing efficiency throughout a year-and-a-half in Woking is demonstrated in how McLaren are actively in search of a approach out of their dedication to him for 2023.
18 – Mick Schumacher – Haas
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In his second season in Formulation 1 and his first in a remotely aggressive automotive, Mick Schumacher has had a really noticeable swing in type over the primary 13 races of the 2022 season.
Schumacher could very nicely be at the moment driving higher than he has in his F1 profession, however he was let down by a poor begin to the marketing campaign. Whereas the returning Kevin Magnussen dismissed the cobwebs and secured a number of factors finishes within the early rounds, Schumacher couldn’t again up his staff mate and assist safe very important further factors whereas the staff had the possibility. A sickening crash in qualifying in Jeddah ended his weekend early, whereas one other heavy crash in Monaco led to a really public warning from his staff principal Guenther Steiner to cease racking up the restore invoice.
However even when he stored his automotive on the highway, Schumacher was nonetheless being out-performed by Magnussen the vast majority of the staff. That was till the Canadian Grand Prix, when one thing appeared to shift inside Schumacher and he delivered simply his strongest run of races ever, securing his very first factors in back-to-back rounds in Britain and Austria, together with a really robust run to sixth on the Crimson Bull Ring.
All through his single seater profession, Schumacher as at all times been strongest within the second half of his second season in a class. Will he achieve this once more with the advantage of an up to date Haas following the summer season break?
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17 – Lance Stroll – Aston Martin
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The transition from Racing Level to Aston Martin has not been a very profitable one for the Silverstone-based staff and particularly not for Lance Stroll. After securing podiums with Williams and Racing Level and even a pole place in 2020, Stroll has simply 4 factors from his first 13 rounds of 2022 – his lowest tally at this stage of a season since his ultimate 12 months at Williams in 2018.
Regardless of being the primary staff to formally unveil their new challenger for 2022, Aston Martin’s AMR22 was disappointing out of the blocks. Stroll didn’t have his four-time champion staff mate Sebastian Vettel alongside him the primary two rounds of the 12 months, with Nico Hulkenberg entering into a really unknown automotive in Bahrain and Jeddah and solely beating Stroll in Jeddah after he clashed with Alexander Albon within the closing laps.
The third spherical in Melbourne was a messy weekend for Stroll. He was investigated twice for impeding in follow, crashed earlier than qualifying, hit Nicholas Latifi in Q1 after his staff repaired his automotive, was penalised for weaving within the race and fortunate to flee with no second penalty for pushing Valtteri Bottas off the monitor. He rebounded along with his first level in Imola and completed tenth once more in Miami after ranging from the pitlane.
A number of tags with the wall in the identical qualifying session in Baku didn’t flatter him, however his type picked up from his residence race in Montreal. He robustly held off Vettel within the closing laps of Paul Ricard to cling onto the ultimate level, earlier than Budapest was most likely his strongest weekend of the season. He out certified Vettel and drove nicely within the race earlier than being spun by Daniel Ricciardo, then obeyed staff orders to let Vettel by means of for the ultimate level however was denied the flexibility to reclaim the place earlier than the chequered flag.
Stroll’s distinctive privileged place means there isn’t any query over his future in Aston Martin, but when he and his staff are critical about finally difficult for wins and championships within the years forward, he might want to present extra performances like Budapest and fewer like Melbourne.
16 – Yuki Tsunoda – AlphaTauri
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Yuki Tsunoda endured a difficult first season in Formulation 1, exhibiting flashes of pace and expertise at occasions however making a litany of errors out on monitor alongside the best way. Given his younger age, it was little shock that Crimson Bull opted to provide Tsunoda a second season to work on growing his abilities, given his obvious potential.
Half approach by means of his second season and it’s a related story in 2022 for Tsunoda. Simply as there have been moments of brilliance, he has additionally made among the largest blunders of the season to date.
A powerful begin to the 12 months in Bahrain noticed him take eighth earlier than mechanical issues pressured him to overlook the second spherical in Jeddah. His Imola weekend was arguably the strongest of his fledgling Formulation 1 profession. He was sooner than staff mate Pierre Gasly in each session and regardless of qualifying solely sixteenth, he made up 4 locations within the dash race then 5 extra by the top of the grand prix to assert seventh on the chequered flag.
His Barcelona weekend was additionally stable, beating Gasly as soon as once more and changing a 3 cease technique to assert the ultimate level, however then instantly adopted that up with an error-filled weekend in Monaco the place he inadvertently compromised his staff mate in qualifying by hitting the limitations and dropped to final place within the race after working off at Sainte Dedicate. A very good weekend in Baku was then once more adopted by embarrassing errors, crashing out of the Montreal pitlane within the race after which ruining each his and his staff mate’s race in Silverstone with a poorly judged overtaking transfer.
With so many Crimson Bull juniors ready within the wings, Tsunoda can’t afford any extra calamities within the second section of the season if he’s going to make a profitable case for Crimson Bull to proceed investing in his growth.
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