F1 championship standings 2022

F1 standings 2022: Which drivers and teams are leading the world championship?

Can Verstappen clinch a second world title?


The 2021 F1 World Championship has entered the summer break, following the Hungarian GP, and Max Verstappen has the advantage at the top of the Drivers’ standings. His team Red Bull Racing is leading the race for the Constructors’ title, too.

But hold on — this championship could go down to the wire. Ferrari appears to have a slight speed advantage but a series of retirements and poor strategy calls has put them on the back foot. That could all change in the second half of the season.

And don’t discount Mercedes. It had a lacklustre start to the 2022 F1 championship but made the most of a problematic car, and now seems to be close to the two top teams. A double podium in Hungary means the Brackley-based outfit is just 30 points away from second spot.

F1 2022 championship standings

Drivers’ Championship

POSDRIVERNATIONALITYCARPTS
1Max VerstappenNEDRED BULL RACING RBPT258
2Charles LeclercMONFERRARI178
3Sergio PerezMEXRED BULL RACING RBPT173
4George RussellGBRMERCEDES158
5Carlos SainzESPFERRARI156
6Lewis HamiltonGBRMERCEDES146
7Lando NorrisGBRMCLAREN MERCEDES76
8Esteban OconFRAALPINE RENAULT58
9Valtteri BottasFINALFA ROMEO FERRARI46
10 Fernando AlonsoESPALPINE RENAULT41
11Kevin MagnussenDENHAAS FERRARI22
12Daniel RicciardoAUSMCLAREN MERCEDES19
13Pierre GaslyFRAALPHATAURI RBPT16
14Sebastian VettelGERASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES16
15Mick SchumacherGERHAAS FERRARI12
16Yuki TsunodaJPNALPHATAURI RBPT11
17Zhou GuanyuCHNALFA ROMEO FERRARI5
18Lance StrollCANASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES4
19Alexander AlbonTHAWILLIAMS MERCEDES3
20Nicholas LatifiCANWILLIAMS MERCEDES0
21Nico HulkenbergGERASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES0

Constructors Championship

POSTEAMPTS
1RED BULL RACING RBPT431
2FERRARI334
3MERCEDES304
4ALPINE RENAULT99
5MCLAREN MERCEDES 95
6ALFA ROMEO FERRARI51
7HAAS FERRARI34
8ALPHATAURI RBPT27
9ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES20
10WILLIAMS MERCEDES3

2022 and 2021 F1 cars compared

F1 car 2022

Racing in “dirty air,” such as when running closely behind another car, can result in a huge loss of downforce in an F1 car. That loss of downforce partially disincentivises the kind of hard, close racing loved by audiences and drivers.

Research has shown that the 2021 F1 cars lost 35% of their downforce when running three car lengths (20m) behind a leading car, while closing up to one car length (10m) resulted in a 47% loss.

That’s why the 2022 F1 car has had a raft of aerodynamic changesaimed at increasing downforce and decreasing aerodynamic wake. The new cars get “ground-effect”, whereby negative pressure is generated under the vehicle to suck it to the circuit, with less of an emphasis on front and rear wings to push the cars down to the ground. This, it is claimed, reduces downforce loss for cars following to just 4% at 20m distance and 18% at 10m.

These changes had all been originally slated for the 2021 season, but were delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Here are a few of the highlights:

1. The front wing and nose have been completely redesigned to reduce the aerodynamic wake thrown out by each car, allowing following cars to get closer without worrying so much about disrupted airflow.

2. The same has been done with the new winglets set back from the nose, the new 18-inch wheels and the return of wheel covers, all tweaked to keep airflow smooth and tight.

3. New floors featuring fully shaped tunnels have been created to increase ground-effect-related downforce, helping the cars stick more closely to the road, reducing the reliance on the rear wing for downforce.

4. The rear wing gets a more curvaceous, sculpted shape to create a less disruptive mushroom-shaped vortex behind the car.

5. The 1.6-litre turbocharged hybrid engines may be the same (though running on more sustainable E10 fuel), but the changes to the aerodynamic array will, in minimising airflow disruption and increasing downforce, potentially lead to much more exciting on-track action.

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