Max Verstappen: decode his 2022 Formula 1 season in numbers
Nov. 24, 2022, 05:09 p.m
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Two-time world champion and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen capped off the 2022 Formula 1 season by taking first place at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.
He won his third consecutive win at Yas Marina Circuit.
It was his 15th race win of the season, now a new record.
We look at his 2022 season by the numbers.
Why is this story important?
- Verstappen has dominated the 2022 F1 season in style. After Charles Leclerc’s early dominance, Verstappen took over and made sure he kept going. His persistence made the difference as Leclerc’s challenge faded.
- With Red Bull Racing having the best car of the season, Verstappen drove like a champ with fewer faults on display.
- It was a season for Verstappen to remember.
Abu Dhabi win for the third time in a row
Verstappen scored his third consecutive victory at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (2020, 2021 and 2022). The 25-year-old won under controversial circumstances in the 2021 edition to claim his first World Drivers’ Championship (WDC).
Verstappen became the eighth consecutive race winner from pole position in the history of the Abu Dhabi GP.
He also scored his first victory in a single circuit.
77th podium finish for Verstappen
Verstappen achieved his 77th podium finish and 35th race win.
He won a record 15 races this season – Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, Emilia-Romagna, Miami GP, Spain, Azerbaijan Grand Prix, Canadian Grand Prix, French Grand Prix, Hungarian Grand Prix, Belgian Prix, Dutch Grand Prix, Italian Prix , Japanese Grand Prix, Mexican, and Abu Dhabi GP).
Verstappen has enjoyed 17 podiums this season (3rd in Monaco, 2nd in Austria).
15 major prize wins in 2022
Verstappen’s 15 F1 race wins in a season is the most by an individual in a single F1 campaign.
It broke the previous record of 13 races held by Michael Schumacher (2004) and Sebastian Vettel (2013) at the Mexican Grand Prix.
It’s the total number of wins achieved by F1 legends Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna in McLaren’s near-perfect campaign in 1988.
Most points in an F1 season
Notably, Verstappen won his second F1 title with four races remaining at the Japanese Grand Prix on October 9.
He finished the 2022 season with 454 points under his belt.
It is the most racers in a single F1 campaign. Beat the seven-time world champion and legendary Lewis Hamilton (413 points in 2019).
Meanwhile, Ferrari Leclerc (308) followed suit.
Verstappen ink these numbers
Verstappen has set the five fastest laps of the 2022 season.
It’s his second-best tally in a season, after he had six in 2021.
He has had seven pole positions, with 10 poles in the latest edition.
Verstappen’s 454 points in a season is also his personal best, as he amassed 395.5 in 2021.
He has 17 podium finishes, while he has 18 podium finishes in 2021.
Verstappen climbs the all-time ladder
Verstappen now ranks ninth among drivers with the most consecutive Formula 1 starts (163). He ranks higher than four-time champion Prost (160).
He is also tied with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa for most races for a single constructor (140) while ranking fifth of all time.
Verstappen’s 35 race wins are the sixth most in F1. He surpassed the two-time champion Fernando Alonso (32). Meanwhile, Verstappen is behind Senna (41).
Verstappen charges from the back of the grid at the Belgium GP
Verstappen started 14th on the grid at the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix but managed to finish on pole position.
Bob Swickert, Alan Jones, Olivier Panis, Johnny Herbert, Jenson Button and Hamilton tied for drivers with race victories from the furthest point on the starting grid.
Meanwhile, Hamilton achieved the feat at the 2018 German Grand Prix.
Records galore for Verstappen!
Verstappen now holds the record for most sprint race wins in F1 (3).
He achieved the feat at the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix in what was his sixth such entry. Moving away from Valtteri Bottas (2), he has the eighth most podium finish to his name in Formula 1 (77). He surpassed Brazilian Rubens Barrichello (68).
Verstappen now eyes Senna (80) in this regard.
5 consecutive wins in 2022
Verstappen took five consecutive races in the middle of the 2022 season, namely the French Grand Prix, the Hungarian Grand Prix, the Belgian Grand Prix, the Dutch Grand Prix and the Italian Grand Prix only to break the streak at the Singapore Grand Prix.
It is the fourth-highest streak by a Formula 1 driver. He equals Jack Brabham (1960), Jim Clark (1965), Nigel Mansell (1992), Schumacher (2004) and Hamilton (2014, 2020).
2022 Constructor Ranking
In terms of constructors, Red Bull Racing has scored 759 points this season, thanks to an impressive run from Verstappen and fellow driver Sergio Perez.
Ferrari finished second with 554 points. Mercedes finished third (515). Albin was fourth (173), and McLaren was fifth (159).