Crazy Mercedes stats prove just how weird 2022 can be

Mercedes ended the 2022 season without the Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship for the first time since 2013, but it’s what it has achieved that stands out.

Red Bull’s 17 wins throughout the 22-race 2022 season led them to their first Formula 1 Constructors’ Championship since they won four in a row from 2010 to 2013, and finished Mercedes’ eight-year streak atop the standings. Ferrari also finished ahead of Mercedes, which has not happened since the 2012 season.

But despite a disappointing 2022 season for the Silver Arrows, that’s what they’ve already done she did An act that goes to show how strange the year has been.

Towards the middle of the season, it seemed as if Sky Sports pundits like Damon Hill were expecting Mercedes to finish 1-2 every week, to the point where it was more like a joke when again they came nowhere nearer. to win.

However, in race 21 of 22, the Brackley-based team really pulled it off, with George Russell winning the Sao Paulo Grand Prix at Interlagos Circuit ahead of Lewis Hamilton in second.

The 1-2 score meant they finished the 2022 season with one or two more finishes than they did in 2021.

As crazy as it may sound, Mercedes didn’t record a 1-2 finish during their eighth consecutive season winning the Constructors’ Championship in 2021. In fact, the only team to pull it off was McLaren. Their 1-2 win at the Italian Grand Prix at Monza was their only win of the season, and they finished 4th in the constructor standings.

Mercedes have won nine of the 22 races on the 2021 schedule. But they only needed to win one in 2022 to do what they couldn’t do last year.

Mercedes’ 1-2 finish in Brazil on Sunday November 13 was their first 1-2 finish in more than two full years. They haven’t scored such a finish since the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, which took place on Sunday, November 1. Hamilton won this race ahead of Valtteri Bottas in second.

They have run 46 races without finishing 1-2. During that period, Red Bull had five while McLaren and Ferrari each had one.

Given that it was Russell who won in Brazil, the 2022 season was Hamilton’s first winless season in his 16-year Formula 1 career. A win in 2022 would have given him 16 consecutive winning seasons, which would have been a record at all times. launch. Instead, he still shares the record of 15 with Michael Schumacher after his worst career season. He also remains tied with Schumacher for seven world titles.

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