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    F1 2022 review: The 5 standout performers on this year's grid.
    The 2022 F1 season provided us with plenty of drama, excitement and talking points, with Max Verstappen proving the cream of the crop in the end as he sealed a second world title.
    Published: 22 Nov 2022, 15:17
    By George Dagless

    Time, then, to take a look at the five drivers that perhaps stood out more than anyone else this season and we have to start with the 25-year-old…
    Max Verstappen: Is it fair to say we’re watching an all-time great in Max Verstappen? Perhaps it’s too early to judge but if you look at stats and stats alone then it is a conversation that should be had.

    Charles Leclerc: Sure, Leclerc finished a distant P2 this year in the end but this was a season that showed he has it in him to win a world championship, make no mistake.
    George Russell: Very few teammates outscore Lewis Hamilton so George Russell deserves full credit for doing just that this season.

    Lando Norris: If there were any doubts about Lando Norris being a genuine star before, there are surely none now.
    Alex Albon: Back in F1 after a year away and back to his very best, Alex Albon might not have a big points tally to write home about but don’t let that suggest he did anything less than a great job for Williams this season.

    ‘5 standout performers’;

    F1 2022 season awards: Best race, most improved driver, biggest shock, and more as Max Verstappen takes title
    Max Verstappen won his second F1 world championship, but who else takes home a gong at i’s F1 2022 season awards?
    November 21, 2022 7:00 am
    By Daniel Austin
    Sports writer

    This is how i saw the season as a whole…
    Driver of the year: 15 wins. Two sprint race victories. Seven pole positions. 454 points. Plenty of records broken. Who else could it be than Max Verstappen?

    Team of the year: Red Bull’s strategy team and pit stop crew barely missed a beat across 22 races. They fully deserved to win both championships for the first time since 2013.

    Race of the year: British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where a breath-taking race saw Carlos Sainz take his first ever F1 victory ahead of Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton.

    Overtake of the year: Sebastian Vettel hunted down Kevin Magnussen on the last lap and harassed him around the outside of every turn, before making the move stick with a daring dash around the high-speed right-hander before the penultimate corner. Superb stuff.

    Biggest farce: The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was a joke. The safety of drivers was put at risk as an explosion at an oil facility occurred just six miles from the circuit…

    ‘Best individual drive of the year, Most improved driver, Most improved team, Biggest disappointment, Biggest controversy, Most shocking moment’;

    The final F1 2022 team-mate battle results
    08:17 Mon, 21 Nov 2022.
    by Fergal Walsh
    Motorsport Week

    The 2022 Formula 1 season officially came to a close on Sunday evening in Abu Dhabi, with the results finalising the team-mate battles from the 2022 season. Throughout the grid, there were close battles while elsewhere, one driver dominated their team-mate during the year.

    In the qualifying head-to-head, Lando Norris from McLaren was the most dominant, as he out-qualified Daniel Ricciardo 20 times from 22 races.
    The closest qualifying head-to-head was witnessed at Alpine, with Fernando Alonso just edging Esteban Ocon.

    ‘2022 team-mate battle results’;

    The ten drivers ranked 11-20 in the F1 2022 season
    Saturday 26th November 2022 8:30 AM
    Jon Wilde

    Part one of our driver rankings for the 2022 F1 season focuses on those in the ‘could have done better’ category.

    To be fair, in some cases they were hamstrung to an extent by the machinery at their disposal, while others will know improvement is needed in 2023 – if they even have a chance to produce it.

    Like an old-school chart show, here, pop pickers, is our countdown from numbers 20 up to 11.

    ‘Driver rankings’;

    F1 drivers react to their amusing 2022 pre-season predictions
    25 Nov 2022
    Formula 1.

    The class of 2022 find out how good they are at guessing the future as their pre-season predictions are revealed.

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    Formula 1: Ranking every driver's season, including Verstappen, Hamilton & Vettel.
    Formula One in 2022 saw a change in regulations, tyre sizes and tracks as Mercedes were usurped at the top of the standings for the first time in eight years.
    Published: 21 Nov 2022, 11:01
    By Sam Pearce

    It was Red Bull’s season in 2022 who will go into the off-season full of confidence and drive to achieve the same results next season, but I’m sure there will be hungry horses and eager Silver Arrows on their tails. With the season now over, we’ve compiled a tiermaker of how all 20 drivers got on this season, ranking them from ‘simply faultless’ to ‘one to forget’.

    ‘One to forget’: Lewis Hamilton, Nicholas Latifi, Alex Albon, Daniel Ricciardo, Mick Schumacher, Pierre Gasly, Yuki Tsunoda, Lance Stroll.

    This is probably the most controversial category on the tiermaker, with plenty of drivers falling into this category. Starting off, we have Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time champion of the world. Any outcome that isn’t winning the title is seen as a failure for someone like Hamilton.

    ‘Ranking every driver's season’;

    PlanetF1’s 10 best drivers from the F1 2022 season
    Sunday 27th November 2022 7:00 AM
    Jon Wilde

    You probably won’t need more than one guess at who tops the class of 2022, but which other drivers can look back at their season with most pride?

    The latest F1 campaign did not produce widespread success across the grid, with only five individual race winners, yet there were nine drivers who achieved an average mark of over 7/10 for their performances over the 22 grands prix. Here’s our top 10 countdown.

    ‘PlanetF1’s 10 best drivers’;

    From Lewis Hamilton to Pierre Gasly: Five drivers glad the 2022 F1 season is over
    Wednesday 23rd November 2022 9:00 AM
    Oliver Harden

    With Red Bull winning all but five races in 2022 as Max Verstappen claimed his second successive World Championship, there wasn’t much for the other teams and drivers to shout about as the Formula 1 season ended in Abu Dhabi last weekend.

    But who will be most relieved that the season is finally over? Here, we pick out the five drivers – from Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes to Alpine-bound Pierre Gasly – glad to see the back of 2022…

    ‘Five drivers glad the 2022 F1 season is over’;

    Toto Wolff says 2022 didn’t have ‘any more or fewer games’ that a usual F1 season
    Wednesday 23rd November 2022 11:45 AM
    Michelle Foster

    After a season in which porpoising and budget caps created headlines, Toto Wolff says politics in Formula 1 is “quite normal” as team bosses want to “protect” their own teams.

    But while it may seem as if this year’s seen more political wrangling off the track than usual, Wolff says that’s not so, the Mercedes motorsport boss saying politics has always been a part of the game. “It’s about protecting your own team” he said as per the Spanish edition of

    “I think we all do that, trying to stay ahead or protect ourselves or, in a way, understand where [team] policy is going. I think it’s quite normal. I don’t think there are more games or fewer games, everyone lives by their own rules, I think it’s quite normal.”

    ‘2022 didn’t have ‘any more or fewer games’ that a usual F1 season’;

    Jolyon Palmer's Analysis: The defining stories of the 2022 F1 season
    24 Nov 2022
    Formula 1.

    Armed with data, former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer analyses the defining stories of the 2022 season, including the new regulations, Red Bull's dominance, Mercedes' woes and Ferrari's comeback.

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    Conclusions from the F1 2022 season: Max Verstappen unstoppable, Ferrari’s failure and more.
    With 22 races completed, the 2022 season was not quite the longest campaign in Formula 1’s history – but with one driver winning 15 of them, it certainly felt like it at times.
    Monday 28th November 2022 6:00 AM
    Oliver Harden

    Max Verstappen and Red Bull were very worthy winners of the World Championship, with the team taking both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles for the first time in nine years. So what did we all learn from F1 2022? Here are our biggest takeaways from the year…

    Welcome to the Max Verstappen era. The most terrifying thing about Verstappen’s 2022? This may be just the beginning. With Verstappen and Red Bull well placed to potentially paint an era orange, one of F1’s greatest-ever seasons in 2021 looks increasingly like a bridge between one generation of dominance and the next. But, we will continue to live in hope.


    Charles Leclerc singles out his most painful moment of the F1 2022 season.
    Charles Leclerc has revealed the loss of a victory at his home race at Monaco was the hardest pill for him to swallow in the 2022 season.
    Saturday 26th November 2022 12:00 PM
    Henry Valantine

    The Ferrari driver had been leading in soaking wet conditions around the Principality in May, but while some drivers went straight from full wet tyres to slicks and others had pitted before him, Leclerc’s stop for intermediates was followed by an extra stop just three laps later for dry tyres.

    This dropped the Monégasque driver from the lead down to fourth on the road at his home race, eventually finishing off the podium in an extremely disappointing afternoon which saw him lose a probable home win.

    He vented his anger at the move after the race, saying over team radio: “No words. The season is long, but we cannot do that.”

    ‘No words’;

    Norris dissatisfied with solitary podium finish: “One isn’t enough”
    2022 F1 season
    Posted on 25th November 2022, 8:1424th November 2022, 22:10
    Written by Ida Wood and Claire Cottingham

    McLaren’s Lando Norris says scoring a single podium in 2022 “isn’t enough” for himself or the team. Despite taking home his second highest points haul from a season in his Formula 1 career, and his second highest championship position, by finishing seventh, Norris could not match his achievements of the last two years, including four podiums and a second place in a McLaren team win in 2021.

    Norris only finished in the top five in three grands prix out of 22 but took third place at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Asked if being the only driver outside of Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes to score a podium meant anything to him, Norris said “a little bit”.

    “A podium always means something,” Norris said. “It means something to me, it means something to the team, but one isn’t enough. One is like ‘we got lucky’ – you want to feel like you deserve to be there every time. We deserve to be there for sure, [but] we weren’t quick enough to be there. We were kind of way ahead of where we deserved to be.”

    “One isn’t enough”;

    Mercedes explain their ‘table of doom’ which predicted worst tracks for W13
    2022 F1 season
    Posted on 24th November 2022, 7:1525th November 2022, 9:10
    Written by Keith Collantine and Claire Cottingham

    Mercedes referred to its internal metrics which predicted which circuits would be best and worst for its problematic W13 as the “table of doom”. The team began the 2022 Formula 1 season well off the pace of eventual champions Red Bull and their early rivals Ferrari. Although the team gradually made progress with the W13, even by the end of the season it found the car worked considerably better at some tracks than others.

    This was highlighted over the final two rounds. Mercedes won at Interlagos but one week later at Yas Marina were only the third-quickest team. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff revealed on Saturday the team’s “table of doom” had foreseen that swing in performance.

    “We always knew that we need to be prudent and not set our expectations based on the Brazil result,” he told media including RaceFans. “I think that circuit perfectly suited our car and everything ran very, very smoothly. And Abu Dhabi in our ‘table of doom’ was one of the worst tracks.” The team’s chief strategist James Vowles explained the thinking which went into the “table of doom.”

    ‘W13 as the “table of doom” ’;

    How many victory chances did Hamilton have in his first winless F1 season?
    2022 F1 season
    Posted on 23rd November 2022, 13:0623rd November 2022, 14:05
    Written by Keith Collantine

    Last weekend Lewis Hamilton ended a Formula 1 season without winning a race for the first time in his career. At the opening race in Bahrain, Hamilton’s Mercedes lost over a second per lap to the race-leading Ferrari and Red Bull. It was clear the W13 wasn’t going to win races any time soon.

    But by the mid-point of the season the team were starting to lead grands prix, and on a weekend where the track and conditions suited them, and the stars aligned in their favour, victories finally started to seem possible. So how many chances to win a race did Hamilton have before the end of the season? And how many of those might he realistically have converted?

    ‘How many victory chances?’;

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    F1 2022 end-of-season report: Best driver, biggest surprise, most under pressure.
    The 2022 F1 season was dominated by Max Verstappen as he secured his second drivers’ title, while Red Bull secured their first as a team since 2013.
    29 Nov 2022
    Connor McDonagh

    Despite not having the quickest car for most of the season, Verstappen enjoyed a record-breaking campaign. Verstappen won 15 of the 22 races, taking the title with five races to spare at the Japanese Grand Prix.

    Ferrari and Charles Leclerc should have made it a closer fight, but a combination of poor reliability and operational errors meant they never stood a chance. There might not have been an exciting battle for the major honours, but there’s still plenty to talk about as we look back on 2022.

    ‘F1 2022 end-of-season report’;

    Podcast: 2022 F1 season review with Medland, Hughes and Smith.
    22 races, 20 drivers and 10 teams — our experts look back over a dramatic 2022 Formula 1 season
    November 28th 2022

    The season dawned with the launch of a new generation of Formula 1 cars and, 22 races later, saw Max Verstappen crowned world champion after a dominant season.

    Relive the thrilling racing, dramatic moments and disappointments of the year, along with the key questions we’re left with after a whirlwind series of races.

    Why did Ferrari’s challenge falter — and why won’t the team get the cure that it needs? How did Mercedes turn its season around? And what did Red Bull gain — or lose — from breaching the cost cap?

    ‘2022 F1 season review’;

    Ross Brawn on a stellar 2022 season, pride at seeing F1 ‘as strong as it’s ever been’ and his next chapter
    28 November 2022
    Ross Brawn
    Formula 1 Managing Director, Motorsport

    With the curtain falling in Abu Dhabi, Formula 1’s Managing Director of Motorsports, Ross Brawn, reflects on the 2022 season – which saw the introduction of revolutionary new cars and the second year of a brand-new cost cap – and his time working at Formula 1 with Liberty Media.

    We had some great races during the season. We had the slow start from Red Bull; they stuttered a bit at the beginning. Ferrari made a great start and we then we witnessed the Red Bull fightback.

    From my perspective the wonderful thing was the close racing, the greater entertainment, the greater heartbeat that we all felt so many times in races – and that was a real reward to me that we saw much better racing this year.

    ‘Stellar 2022 season’;

    Brawn still unsure what “optimum number” of sprint races is for F1
    2022 F1 season
    Posted on 28th November 2022, 17:02
    Written by Will Wood

    The number of sprint races on the Formula 1 calendar will double to six next year but the series’ outgoing managing director of motorsports admits he remains unsure what the ideal number should be.

    Ross Brawn is retiring from F1 this off-season, bringing to an end a career of over four decades in the sport. He spent the last five years working with Formula One Management after its takeover by Liberty Media and has introduced major changes to the sporting side of Formula 1 in that time, including the budget cap and sprint races. Three sprint races were scheduled during each of the last two seasons. The format will expand to cover six of the 24 rounds on the 2023 F1 calendar.

    Brawn told the official F1 website he isn’t sure how many sprint races F1 should hold in a season. “The sprint was an initiative which seems to have worked,” Brawn said. “We’re expanding to six sprints next year. “I don’t know what will be the optimum number we will settle at long-term. Some argue we should have it at every race. We’ll see if that is how it evolves. The sprint has certainly livened up the whole weekend and gives us a full three days of action.”

    “Optimum number”;

    F1 drivers take a look back at their 2022 season predictions
    Formula 1 predictions are hard to make, which makes it reassuring to see that even the drivers themselves are not all that accurate.
    Tuesday 29th November 2022 6:00 AM
    Sam Cooper

    Regulation changes feature heavily: As we know, F1 drivers possess bundles of self-belief, so the makers of the predictions avoided each driver suggesting they would be World Champion by instead asking them first what racing in 2022 was going to be like.

    Charles Leclerc is embarrassed at how boring he was: Leclerc’s season was anything but dull but the Ferrari man was disappointed by just how tame his predictions were. The 25-year-old predicted racing will be “exciting” to which he said “that was a very boring prediction.”

    Drivers predict their party places: The drivers were also asked to suggest where they will be celebrating and Yuki Tsunoda and Latifi also took the opportunity to highlight their home races. Fewer f-words, Ferrari World Champions and “Full Send Operation!”
    While Magnussen’s prediction of fewer f-words for Haas team boss Guenther Steiner did not prove correct…

    ‘Look back’;

    The drivers who surprised RaceFans readers by beating their team mates in 2022
    2022 F1 season
    Posted on 28th November 2022, 12:49
    Written by Keith Collantine

    Red Bull: Prediction: 96% of readers expected Verstappen would finish ahead. Result: Verstappen 454 – 305 Perez
    Ferrari: Prediction: 54% of readers expected Sainz would finish ahead. Result: Leclerc 308 – 246 Sainz
    Mercedes: Prediction: 69% of readers expected Hamilton would finish ahead. Result: Russell – 275 – 240 Hamilton

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    Haas' Steiner to release book chronicling 2022 season.
    Haas F1 boss Guenther Steiner has penned a book that will be released next April that gives a behind-the-scenes view of the US outfit's eventful 2022 season.
    01/12/2022 at 13:51
    Phillip van Osten

    Steiner's book is entitled 'Surviving to Drive' -- a tongue and cheek nod to 'Drive to Survive', the Netflix series on F1 from which the Haas boss gained cult status -- and promises to be "uncompromising and searingly honest, told in Steiner’s inimitable style". Haas' first campaign under F1's new regulations kicked off with a crisis during winter testing, when Russia's invasion of Ukraine compelled the team to severe its ties with sponsor Uralkali and Russian pay-driver Nikita Mazepin.

    However, the first half of the team's season was also marked by the costly crashes suffered by Mick Schumacher, that compelled Steiner to mull over a driver change for 2023, a prospect that became effective with Nico Hulkenberg's nomination as Magnussen's teammate for next season.

    "I don’t think I could have picked a more active year than this one in terms of documenting some of the many things a team principal has to go through in Formula 1," said Steiner. "I’ve never looked at keeping a diary before and while I like to look forward, it’s been fun to look back over this year proofing this book again and reflecting on the many highs and lows we’ve encountered at Haas F1 Team.”

    'Surviving to Drive' -- a tongue and cheek nod to 'Drive to Survive';

    Guenther Steiner says football managers know nothing about pressure
    Haas boss Guenther Steiner became a fan favourite following season one of Netflix's 'Drive to Survive' docuseries.
    1 December 2022
    by Nick Golding

    The book titled ‘Surviving to Drive’ is all about how the fan favourite leads the American team, with the book effectively being a catalogue of diary entries from Steiner during the 2022 season.

    Steiner was heavily criticised last season for the way he managed Schumacher, something which will perhaps be delved into in the book. The book is dubbed to take ‘fans on the thrilling rollercoaster of life at the heart of high-stakes motor racing’, through Steiner’s diary entries.

    Given Steiner’s description of the book, it’s fair to say that fans are in for a fascinating read. “People talk about football managers being under pressure. Trust me, that’s nothing,” a quote from Steiner said. “Pressure is watching one of your drivers hit a barrier at 190mph and exploding before your eyes…”

    ‘Watching one of your drivers hit a barrier at 190mph and exploding before your eyes’;

    Mick Schumacher Crash Saudi Arabian Grand Prix 2022

    In the 90's, that's career ending, and maybe even a fatality. This has to be one of the most dangerous circuits ever, but it's great to see that F1's safer than it's ever been.

    Mick Schumacher crashes into the barriers in Monaco!

    That car swung as soon as he lifted, I'd not be surprised if the rear wheel energy recovery system did for him there.

    Mick Schumacher crash | FP1 | 2022 Japanese Grand prix

    I'm glad he's ok! Aquaplaning at speed can really shock the hell out of anyone. It's as bad as hitting black ice, which I've done at highway speed. There's literally nothing that you can do when it happens, except wait for the vehicle to stop spinning and come to a halt somewhere safe.

    Steiner to publish behind-the-scenes book in F1 first.
    Haas team principal Guenther Steiner will become the first acting F1 team principal to release a behind-the-scenes book when 'Surviving to Drive' hits the shelves in April next year.
    Thursday 1 December 2022 08:46
    Sam Hall

    Transworld Publishers will release the book, which promises to provide a fascinating insight into a rollercoaster year for the team that saw the high of a first pole position in Brazil, and the complications of deciding to part company with both Nikita Mazepin during pre-season and Mick Schumacher at the end of the campaign.

    "It's the hard work of everyone on our team that has returned us to the fight in Formula 1 and I can't thank everyone who's a part of Haas F1 Team enough for their efforts and dedication. I hope people enjoy this insight into our 2022 season and hopefully they'll come along for the ride in 2023 when we look to build on this year's success."

    Steiner's popularity rose significantly due to his role in the Netflix docu-series 'Drive to Survive', something that is acknowledged in the naming of his book.

    'Surviving to Drive';

    Guenther Steiner’s tell-all book ‘Surviving to Drive’ set for release in 2023
    Thursday 1st December 2022 9:45 AM
    Thomas Maher

    Haas team boss Guenther Steiner will release a behind-the-scenes account of the 2022 Formula 1 season, as he publishes his first book during the coming months.

    Coming April 2023, Guenther takes readers inside Haas F1 Team for the entirety of the 2022 season in his first book ‘Surviving to Drive’, showing what takes place behind the scenes in running a Formula 1 team.

    ‘Guenther Steiner’s tell-all book’;

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    Ten things you probably forgot about in F1 2022.
    Think you know everything about the 2022 Formula 1 season? Take a look to see if you remember these 10 moments which may have slipped from your brain
    December 1, 2022
    By Nigel Chiu

    Mazepin was meant to drive: Nikita Mazepin kept his seat for 2022 despite a very poor rookie campaign but was forced out of F1 due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. VAR in F1: Yes you read that correctly, F1 used a VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system in 2022 which was called the Remote Operations Centre.

    Super-sub Hulkenberg: When Sebastian Vettel tested positive for coronavirus on the eve of the Bahrain GP, there was only one person who could replace him, Nico Hulkenberg. Pink Alpine: Alpine unveiled a special pink livery when they launched their car in February as part of their new title sponsor BWT.

    Missile strike during Saudi Arabian GP weekend: Second free practice session at the Saudi Arabian GP was delayed after a missile from Yemen’s Houthi rebel group hit an Aramco facility just a few miles away from the track. Norris’ brilliant podium: Lando Norris was the only non-Red Bull, Ferrari or Mercedes driver to stand on the podium which is a fantastic achievment.

    ‘FOUR more!’;

    Podcast: How we picked our top 10 F1 drivers of 2022
    10:09 Thu, 01 Dec 2022.
    The Race

    We explain the reasoning behind our ranking of the top 10 Formula 1 drivers of 2022 in the latest edition of The Race F1 Podcast. The ranking is based on a combined vote of The Race’s F1 team, with all four appearing on the podcast to explain themselves.

    Mark Hughes, Scott Mitchell-Malm and Ben Anderson join Edd Straw to sift through our top 10 and explain some of our more controversial choices. We also pick out the drivers who were close to making the cut and the reasons why they ultimately missed out.

    ‘How we picked our top 10’;

    Video: Why teams can’t escape F1 2022’s big problem
    16:52 Wed, 30 Nov 2022.
    The Race

    Thought Formula 1 – and teams – had conquered porpoising? Think again, even if the big talking point of 2022 became less of a big deal as the season went on.

    The reality is that the problems created by the biggest changes to F1’s chassis regulations in world championship history will never truly go away and, even if teams have understood plenty about porpoising, it’s still there waiting to catch them out.

    In this video, we’re going to explain why that’s the case, what impact rule changes for 2023 will have and why it’s taking teams so long to understand and simulate a problem that first appeared in F1 more than four decades ago.

    ‘Can’t escape F1 2022’s big problem (porpoising?);

    TECH TUESDAY: The most improved, most innovative, best-developed, and most dominant F1 cars of 2022
    29 November 2022
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    Mark Hughes and Giorgio Piola

    Most Innovative: Ferrari F1-75: Two of the biggest innovations of the season were to be found on the same car, the Ferrari F1-75. Its aerodynamics, with bluff out-washing sidepods and their unique upper surface channel, gave a great combination of floor and rear wing performance.

    Most Improved: Haas: Haas went from a solid slowest in 2021 – 3.2% off the qualifying pace – to eighth-fastest and 2% off in ’22. It may sound relatively modest but represented the biggest performance gain on the grid and was the difference between being in their own race detached from the rest of the field to being able to mix it in the midfield, even heading it on occasion.

    Biggest in-season development: Mercedes W13: Mercedes’ problematical W13 would routinely be half-a-minute behind the winner in the early-season races as the team struggled to understand and control its aerodynamic porpoising and mechanical bouncing problems. By the penultimate race, George Russell and Lewis Hamilton were able to deliver the team a one-two result.

    ‘Biggest performance advantage: Red Bull at Spa’;

    Alpine arrived at first F1 test "in shambles" before 2022 recovery
    10:07 Wed, 30 Nov 2022.
    Luke Smith

    Alpine clinched P4 in the standings at the Abu Dhabi season finale, ending the year 14 points clear of McLaren and finishing as the leading midfield team behind Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes.

    It marked the team’s best result in the constructors’ championship since 2018, and was a big turnaround from its low-key showing in pre-season testing.

    Reflecting on the season, Alpine chief Rossi was impressed by the team’s ability to outdevelop its rivals throughout the year and turn things around, conceding it was not in good shape at the initial pre-season test.

    ‘Arrived at first F1 test "in shambles"’;

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    Toto Wolff found F1 2022 season ‘very hard to cope with’ at times.
    Toto Wolff admitted the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix had been a microcosm of Mercedes’ season in some ways, showing it has been “very hard to cope” at certain moments.
    18:16 Sun, 04 Dec 2022.
    Henry Valantine

    Having caught up to Red Bull and Ferrari’s pace to a degree where they earned a one-two finish at Brazil at the penultimate race of the season, Mercedes fell away from the pace again at the finale at Yas Marina.

    When asked if the year has been tough on a personal level as well, Wolff added: “Yeah, but I think it’s also a lesson in humility and understanding that sometimes things can go wrong, then I think this year is going to make us strong on the long term.

    “We will never stop charging, but my perspective is not on one race, but it’s over five and 10 years or more, and that’s the objective.”

    ‘Never stop charging’;

    Best F1 driver: 2022 Season Review Awards.
    Max Verstappen may have won the 2022 F1 title, but was he the best driver of the year? Vote now
    DECEMBER 1ST 2022
    AUTHOR Motor Sport

    Charles Leclerc: Charles Leclerc demonstrated his potential during his first year with Ferrari in 2019, taking a string of pole positions and scoring his first two grand prix wins at Spa and Monza.

    Lando Norris: It’s hard to believe that Lando Norris has only just turned 23, given that he already has four full seasons with McLaren behind him, and has started 82 grands prix.

    George Russell: No one could blame George Russell for feeling a little frustrated at having to spend three years at Williams, when two years or perhaps just one should have been enough to prepare him for life at Mercedes.

    ‘2022 Season Review Awards’;

    Revisiting PlanetF1’s predictions for the F1 2022 season
    05/12/2022, 07:19

    It’s that time of year again which all F1 writers dread…looking back at those silly predictions they had forgotten about.

    You can read (laugh) at all of our predictions we made back in March here, or just go right ahead and follow the thrilling battle for P1, the podium spots and the haunted wooden spoon.

    ‘PlanetF1’s predictions for the F1 2022’;

    11:02 Sat, 26 Nov 2022.

    To a degree, the 2022 Formula 1 season had the hardest of acts to follow. At the start of the year, new look race-cars and the sport enjoying a popularity resurgence thanks to Netflix’s Drive to Survive and a 2021 season that was dramatic enough on its own terms did provide hope of another fine year.

    While Verstappen would win the title in 2022 to add to his 2021 crown, however, it wouldn’t quite be the same kind of fight. Verstappen’s 2022 season will go down as an incredibly dominant one, with the Dutch driver winning 15 out of 22 races as he just got away from all the challengers.

    The 2022 Formula 1 season is ultimately a strange case. While it did have a dominant name that crushed the field, the ingredients were there for a better title bout. Red Bull delivered their end of the bargain with a strong car and lead driver, but Ferrari couldn’t match it, and it appears as though after the summer break, Red Bull found a way to maintain a strong advantage whereas Ferrari fell behind.

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    Top 10 Team Radio: 2022 Formula 2 season.
    02 Dec 2022
    Formula 1.

    We count down the ten best team radio exchanges from the 2022 Formula 2 season, from Théo Pourchaire's joy in Monza to Enzo Fittipaldi claiming his maiden podium.

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    Formula 1's superstars claimed the bulk of the prizes at the fan-voted 2022 Autosport awards.
    18:31 Mon, 05 Dec 2022.
    Jay Winter

    Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen hasn’t stopped winning after scooping up the fan-voted International Racing Driver of the Year Award for the second time in a row at the 2022 Autosport Awards. Retiring Sebastian Vettel took home the Gregor Grant Award for his lifetime achievements in motorsport, whilst George Russell claimed the Moment of the Year award for his first F1 Grand Prix victory.

    Verstappen, who scored a record-breaking 15 wins from 22 races in 2022, took out the award for the best racing driver in 2022. The Dutchman claimed the prize ahead of F1 Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc, IndyCar champion Will Power and Formula E title winner Stoffel Vandoorne. The 25-year-old didn’t attend the ceremony but addressed the award show via a video message.

    “Thank you to all the fans who voted for me for the second time in a row, coming alongside my second world title in a row. After a tricky start to the year, it was a real team effort to turn it around. All the hard work of the team, including some people sitting with you at the awards tonight, all deserve a big thank you. Have a good night and see you on the track in 2023.”

    ‘2022 Autosport awards’;

    All the F1 winners at the 2022 Autosport Awards, including prestigious trophy for Sebastian Vettel
    Monday 5th December 2022 8:30 AM
    Michelle Foster

    Max Verstappen was the big winner at Sunday night’s Autosport Awards, the 2022 World Champion voted the ‘International Racing Driver of the Year’ by motorsport fans. Verstappen made history this past season, the Red Bull driver setting a new record for the most grand prix wins in a single season, 15, as he romped to a second World title ahead of Charles Leclerc.

    Sebastian Vettel signs off with the Gregor Grant Award. The recently retired Sebastian Vettel was also acknowledged at the Grosvenor House on Sunday, named the winner of the ‘Gregor Grant’ award. The award recognises lifetime achievement in motorsport, the four-time Drivers’ Champion known not only for his on-track achievements but his off-track activism.

    Russell won the ‘Moment of the Year’ award which is awarded to a standout moment from motorsport. His was his Sao Paulo Grand Prix win, his breakthrough F1 victory. Hamilton, meanwhile, won the ‘British Competition Driver of the Year’ award. Zhou Guanyu was named the ‘Rookie of the Year’, taking that ahead of head of Toyota’s World Endurance champion Ryo Hirakawa, IndyCar podium finisher Christian Lundgaard and F2 race winner Logan Sargeant.

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    Horner: Red Bull "firmly had a target on our back" off-track in F1 2022
    Christian Horner believes Red Bull “firmly had a target” on its back in Formula 1 this year through the various off-track political battles that faced the team.
    Dec 5, 2022, 10:20 AM
    By: Luke Smith

    Red Bull swept to both championships in 2022 as Max Verstappen scored a record 15 victories in a single season to clinch his second drivers’ title.

    Sergio Perez finished third in the championship with two wins, helping Red Bull wrap up the constructors’ crown with three races to spare.

    But Red Bull’s season was not without its setbacks, most notably when it received a $7 million fine and a cut on its aerodynamic testing for the next 12 months after breaching last year’s budget cap.

    ‘Target on our back’;

    Parc Ferme: A [Red] Bullish 2022 Formula 1 review
    Sean Stevens
    1 December, 2022

    The ‘Off Season is upon us, and for columnists like me, it often means an editorial drought of newsworthy events. However, it does allow us to reflect on what has transpired over the previous ten months and consider them in the calmer atmosphere of the winter break. A good place to start would be to look at some of the Teams and Drivers, and where better to kick off than the Formula 1 Constructor and World Drivers Champions of 2022 – Red Bull Racing.

    The sum is greater than the parts… We can thank Aristotle for this piece of inciteful wisdom. Simply put, if you placed Max Verstappen in an Alphatauri, he would not have won the World Championship. If you put him in a Ferrari and Charles Leclerc in a Red Bull, Charles may have won the World Championship but probably not so definitively. Max would have registered more poles and wins in the Ferrari than Leclerc.

    However, I can’t imagine how Max could ever have coped with driving for Ferrari as they were this year. There would have been a meltdown somewhere, probably involving Jos and a hammer! My point is, it is a combination of factors that aligned to deliver Red Bull and Max’s all-conquering season. None of the individual components could have delivered it on their own.

    ‘Parc Ferme’;

    Latifi: 2022 my worst season in F1
    10:02 Mon, 05 Dec 2022.
    by Fergal Walsh
    Motorsport Week

    Nicholas Latifi has conceded that his 2022 Formula 1 campaign was the worst of his three in the sport. Following the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last month, Latifi parted ways with Williams, bringing an end to his stint with the Grove-based squad.

    “I think it’s safe to say it’s been a very up-and-down year,” Latifi said. “My first two years were… I guess what you can expect, as the first two years in Formula 1: a rookie season is a rookie season. Second year, I think there was some really big improvements all across, all around, and I guess this year, as a team, collectively we took a step backwards and I just struggled to get on top of the car.”

    “This year I would say ultimately was my worst year out of the three years in what was a crucial year for me to secure the future. So, I think that’s the reality of it. And it just didn’t work out in the end.”

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    'No competition in F1 2022 title race, so why is picking highlights so hard?'
    The race results suggest a dull and predictable 2022 F1 season, but Chris Medland recalls a deluge of highlights and excitement in a year that bodes well for grand prix racing
    10:50 Wed, 07 Dec 2022.
    Author Chris Medland
    Motor Sport Magazine

    17 races won by one team, 15 of those by the same driver, and a pair of championships that were wrapped up long before the final round. The statistics suggest the 2022 season was a really dull one, but statistics don’t tell you everything, do they?

    Feel free to accuse me of recency bias, but the Sao Paulo Grand Prix weekend was full of excitement given the amazing pole position for Kevin Magnussen, and then George Russell’s impressive performance as Mercedes had the outright fastest car for the one and only time this season.

    ‘Team of the Year’ shortlist and wondered how a team that started the season with the fastest car, took the most pole positions but failed to fulfill its potential and ended up seeing its team principal leave can end up on there. But Ferrari’s step forward from a year ago was mightily impressive, and it did have races where it legitimately looked like the strongest outfit.

    ‘A deluge of highlights and excitement’;

    Five times F1 drivers out-performed their midfield machinery in 2022
    16:05 Thu, 08 Dec 2022.
    Connor McDonagh

    While most of the attention is on the front of the F1 field, there were a number of outstanding performances from drivers in midfield machinery. Here are five of the best from 2022.

    Alex Albon – Australia. Alex Albon’s 2022 Australian Grand Prix will be remembered for his incredibly long stint on the hard tyres at the start of the race. Driving the slowest car on the grid, Albon went 57 laps to go from the back of the grid to finish 10th - picking up Williams’ first point of the year.

    ‘Five times F1 drivers out-performed their midfield machinery’;

    F1 fans vote for best overtake of 2022 season
    08:42 Thu, 08 Dec 2022.
    by Fergal Walsh
    Motorsport Week

    Formula 1 fans have decided on their favourite overtake of the 2022 season via an online poll.

    Conducted by the official F1 account on Twitter, the winning overtake was awarded to Sebastian Vettel and his move on Kevin Magnussen on the final lap of the US Grand Prix. Over 31,000 fans took part in the online poll, with 57 per cent of people voting for Vettel’s move.

    The other 43 per cent opted for Lewis Hamilton’s double overtake for second place on Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez at Silverstone. Hamilton took advantage of the squabbling that was going on between his rivals to sweep through at the final corner.

    ‘F1 fans vote for best overtake’;

    Mercedes saw signs of W13’s deep flaws in its first run at launch
    2022 F1 season
    Posted on 8th December 2022, 18:329th December 2022, 6:19
    Written by Keith Collantine

    The shortcomings with Mercedes’ W13 which led to their least competitive performance for a decade were detected during the car’s very first run, the team has revealed. The W13 was launched at Silverstone on February 18th. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell drove the car for the first time that day.

    The team’s head of trackside operations Andrew Shovlin confirmed that was when the team first realised the W13 was not performing the way they expected it would. “To be honest the signs were there from the very, very early running, even on the filming day that we did at Silverstone,” said Shovlin in a video released by the team.

    The depth of the team’s plight became clearer over a pair of three-day tests which followed at the Circuit de Catalunya and Bahrain International Circuit. “We then went for three days in Barcelona and the car was not that competitive,” Shovlin recalled. “But we were expecting a big update that we were going to bring to Bahrain. That was the point that we realised that we had a serious issue, at that Bahrain test.”

    ‘Signs of W13’s deep flaws in its first run’;

    Exclusive: How Red Bull successfully adapted to F1's 2022 regulations
    17:11 Thu, 08 Dec 2022.
    Author Michael Butterworth
    Co-author Dieter Rencken

    In an exclusive interview with, Red Bull Chief Engineer Paul Monaghan explains how his team successfully adapted to F1's new technical regulations for 2022.

    Did the team have any doubts it had chosen the right path during pre-season testing? "Within your own four walls, you look at the results, and you make your own judgment on how you proceed to have a car that's good in all disciplines and on all circuits," says Monaghan.

    "We took our route, but you go to that first test and you think, 'Okay, have we actually made the right choices? Have we got to revise our choices?' Because it's only relative to the others that you're judged. Were our compromises at the start of the year correct? Not all of them. Did we evolve with it? Yes."

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    2022 SEASON REVIEW - get your free digital round-up of an amazing F1 year.
    Check out our all-new digital review of the 2022 Formula 1 season, including features on how the radical rule changes mixed things up, the year's fascinating team-mate rivalries
    09:33 Sun, 11 Dec 2022.
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    ‘2022 SEASON REVIEW’;

    Motorsport Week’s top 10 drivers of the 2022 F1 season
    10:46 Sun, 11 Dec 2022.
    by Motorsport Week

    The 2022 Formula 1 season came to a conclusion last month, with Max Verstappen rounding out the year with another victory in Abu Dhabi. The Dutchman enjoyed a strong campaign en route to his second title, but some of his rivals also enjoyed a positive year. Motorsport Week’s F1 journalists Phillip Horton and Fergal Walsh list their top 10 drivers of the season.

    ‘Motorsport Top Ten’;

    F1’s paused rivalry echoes around its 2022 celebrations
    09:13 Sun, 11 Dec 2022.
    By Jack Cozens
    The Race

    “This year has been really, really enjoyable.” That’s Max Verstappen, speaking about his second Formula 1 world championship title, at the FIA prize-giving ceremony in Bologna on Friday.

    It may seem like an obvious statement but there are also parallels to be drawn from those comments, and those from Red Bull team principal Christian Horner about Verstappen’s growth in 2022, and the atmosphere at this year’s gala compared to last year’s, skipped by Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes’ Toto Wolff in the wake of the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the way the 2021 title was decided.

    It also served as a subtle reminder that needle remains between the two parties. That’s evidenced not just in those Red Bull remarks, which include Horner’s reference to the “heavyweight bout” that was the battle for the 2021 crown, but also in Hamilton’s own recent comments.

    “This year has been really, really enjoyable.”;

    F1 would end up ‘like WWF’ without the right governance – Ben Sulayem
    2022 F1 season
    Posted on 10th December 2022, 7:159th December 2022, 23:51
    Written by Keith Collantine

    The FIA must “be careful” to ensure it regulates Formula 1 correctly and not allow the sport to become “like WWF”, says its president Mohammed Ben Sulayem. The governing body has faced criticism over its administration of the championship following a series of controversies. At times there have been tensions between the FIA’s enforcement of its rules and F1’s desire to maximise the spectacle.

    Ben Sulayem said administering F1 is always challenging and controversy is an inevitable part of it, but stressed the FIA must enforce the series’ rules correctly. “Formula 1, it is the pinnacle,” he said in a press conference at the FIA Gala yesterday. “Always you will find controversy in it, you will find the challenge, the teams are up to the limit there. They always want to find the way to go. So it is a challenging… every hour is challenging there.”

    “And it’s healthy. It’s going so good. But you see us, as the FIA, we should also be careful. There is the side of the money, but the governance has to be right also.” He drew a comparison to World Wrestling Entertainment, formerly known as the World Wrestling Federation. “You cannot just have it without the rules,” he said. “You cannot have it without amending it, updating it.”

    ‘Like WWF!’;

    What led to F1 2022’s biggest teams’ championship slump
    09:18 Sat, 10 Dec 2022.
    By Edd Straw
    The Race

    The recent trend of AlphaTauri having a better car than its Formula 1 constructors’ championship position suggests continued in 2022. But while in previous years it had the performance needed even for an underachieving season to still produce a solid result, that wasn’t the case this year.
    And yet, it seemed promising at the start of the year with rival teams casting admiring glances at the AlphaTauri STR03. The consensus was that the team had done a decent job in tackling the new regulations and it was expected to be a strong midfielder.

    That wasn’t necessarily a misreading of the situation because the foundations were sound, but unfortunately, the team struggled to build on them. Even then, it had the seventh-fastest car on average pace over the season but could only manage ninth in the constructors’ championship – a drop of three places, its worst position for a decade, with 35 points scored compared to 142 in 2021.

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