With small issues such because the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships determined, it’s time at hand out the F1 2022 awards that basically matter…
Wanting again over the 2022 F1 season, it’s straightforward to select these significant awards that recognise the moments of genius on monitor – or the expertise, dedication, and onerous work that defines the efforts of each single individual working within the sport.
However these awards we’re handing out aren’t recognising any of these meaningless ‘essential’ attributes…!
As an alternative, with our bellies stuffed with Christmas turkey and dodgy mulled wine, let’s look again over the 2022 season and pick some winners for the PlanetF1.com different F1 2022 Awards!
2022’s Architect of Chaos: Sebastian Vettel
Little did Sebastian Vettel know the carnage he would go away in his wake following his announcement that he would retire from Formulation 1 on the finish of 2022.
Inside days of the four-time World Champion saying his retirement, Fernando Alonso had dropped the bombshell on Alpine that he wasn’t ready round any longer for them to make him a correct contract provide – he put pen to paper and took Vettel’s vacated automotive.
Whereas dramatic sufficient in its personal proper, Alpine appeared utterly caught out by the state of affairs as they swiftly introduced the promotion of Alpine Academy driver Oscar Piastri to switch Alonso.
Simple sufficient selection, proper? Nope! Piastri took to Twitter to denounce Alpine’s affirmation, with a tweet that appeared to be dangerously near bridge-burning territory.
I perceive that, with out my settlement, Alpine F1 have put out a press launch late this afternoon that I’m driving for them subsequent 12 months. That is flawed and I’ve not signed a contract with Alpine for 2023. I cannot be driving for Alpine subsequent 12 months.
— Oscar Piastri (@OscarPiastri) August 2, 2022
Simply why would Piastri, a driver with precisely zero Grand Prix begins below his belt, flip and run away from a seat with a prime producer workforce?
The reply rapidly turned apparent, with McLaren having signed the younger Australian to switch Daniel Ricciardo – the Woking-based workforce selecting to purchase out their well-liked Aussie veteran and change him with a youthful mannequin.
However, with two groups laying declare to Piastri, it meant the state of affairs needed to go earlier than F1’s Contract Recognition Board, with the CRB ruling in McLaren’s favour.
This triggered an onslaught of media statements from Alpine workforce boss Otmar Szafnauer, making it very clear how sad he was that Piastri had seemingly turned his again on the workforce with whom he had been a part of as an Academy driver. Nevertheless, the CRB ruling revealed that Piastri by no means had a correct contract with Alpine that dedicated Piastri to race for Enstone.
It was a improbable mess, with Piastri’s dramas solely including to the spiciness of the on-track battle between Alpine and McLaren – a battle Alpine ultimately gained.
And all of it took place as a result of Vettel wished to see his youngsters extra in 2023!
A particular point out should go to Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto too, whose determination to resign from the Scuderia (whether or not actually voluntarily or not), resulted in a number of workforce boss swaps: Frederic Vasseur left his put up at Alfa Romeo to take Binotto’s job, with Andreas Seidl quitting McLaren to fit in as Sauber CEO – Andrea Stella moving into the void left by Seidl.
Concurrently, individually from all these strikes, Williams’ CEO and workforce boss Jost Capito known as time on his profession, as did technical director FX Demaison…
Legendary on-track second of 2023: Sebastian Vettel
Whereas Nicholas Latifi driving up the flawed a part of the Suzuka chicane was a key consideration for the legendary little bit of driving we noticed on monitor this 12 months, the outright winner needs to be Sebastian Vettel.
Nevertheless it’s not for something Vettel did on the wheel of his AMR22, it was for his determination to nab a moped for a fast joyride again to the pits after his Mercedes engine failed throughout first apply in Australia.
Grinding to a halt on monitor for his first on-track session resulting from lacking the primary two races of the 12 months, Vettel grabbed a hearth extinguisher to assist guarantee there have been no flames, earlier than hopping on a marshal’s moped and scooting his method again to the pits.
— Formulation 1 (@F1) April 8, 2022
Resplendent in his Aston Martin driving overalls, Vettel having his helmet jammed frivolously down on his head made him look very comical as he zipped his method again, waving to the crowds as he did so – even including to the pantomime silliness of it by taking his two fingers off the handlebars!
It was a splendidly human second, however Vettel’s antics landed him a €5000 positive for having taken an unauthorised go to to the monitor after the session had ended.
Visitor star of the 12 months: Norbert Vettel
It’s the Vettel present to kick issues off right here, isn’t it? Norbert Vettel, the immensely proud and down-to-earth father of Sebastian, stole the hearts of just about everybody within the last weeks of 2022.
With Vettel junior selecting to stroll away from the game, his dad turned a continuing presence close to him with Norbert seeming extra upset about his son’s determination than even Sebastian was.
Making loads of media appearances, together with some spicy commentary appearances on German TV, Norbert Vettel made it very clear how Sebastian had been introduced as much as be a completely respectful and thoughtful man – even when the shark-fighting nature of F1 meant that facet of Sebastian’s persona took some time to emerge for everybody.
On the last Grand Prix, Norbert was within the limelight nearly as a lot as Sebastian – waving and handing out T-shirts for Seb’s paddock monitor run, and climbing aboard the F1 lorry for a rave with Seb followers on Saturday evening.
And let’s not overlook this emotional send-off… Who’s chopping onions in right here?
— Formulation 1 (@F1) November 19, 2022
Cursed driver of the 12 months award: Charles Leclerc
There wasn’t actually anybody else in competition for this award, was there? Having had a dream begin to the season with a cushty win in Bahrain, a spirited drive to second place in Saudi Arabia, and utter dominance in Australia, it appeared unimaginable at that time to assume Leclerc would solely win yet another race by way of the rest of the season.
However that’s the truth of the state of affairs, with Leclerc’s championship aspirations falling aside quickly by way of no fault of his personal. Leclerc proved masterful all through many of the 12 months, with snug race leads actually going up in smoke with engine failures in Barcelona and Azerbaijan.
Added to that was the primary indicators of a weaker Ferrari technique workforce, because the workforce had been wrong-footed out of a front-row lock-out in Monaco to complete second and fourth – a very disastrous consequence for Leclerc as he sought to banish speak of his Monaco ‘curse’ (particularly after crashing an ex-Niki Lauda Ferrari on the streets simply the week beforehand!).
The remainder of the season was extra of the identical: bizarre and wacky methods (who can overlook Ferrari sending him out on moist tyres at a dry Interlagos, or the onerous tyre name in Hungary?) Plus Ferrari shedding various pace within the second half of the 12 months, in addition to some driver errors, equivalent to in Paul Ricard and Imola.
Leclerc merely didn’t catch any fortunate breaks throughout 2022, and even appeared to be combating towards his personal workforce occasionally, with Binotto’s reluctance to pressure Carlos Sainz right into a supporting position maybe being the loss of life knell for his personal profession in cost on the Gestione Sportiva.
With Vasseur in cost for 2023, the person who gave Leclerc the nod at Sauber for his F1 debut, might his fortunes change subsequent season?
WTF second of the 12 months: Kevin Magnussen’s maiden pole
Think about time-travelling again to pre-season testing in Barcelona and revealing to the Haas squad that, not solely would Kevin Magnussen be returning to F1 to take Nikita Mazepin’s seat, however he would ship the workforce’s maiden pole place by season finish?
It sounds utterly implausible, however that’s precisely how occasions performed out, with Magnussen placing in a barnstorming first flying lap in Q3 to take the place ‘on advantage’ because the session was red-flagged.
Certain, some uncommon circumstances had been wanted however, with circumstances being equal for everybody, it was the Danish driver who delivered the lap when it mattered, resulting in that great second of exuberance as he turned to the cockpit digital camera and made THAT face!
— Haas F1 Workforce (@HaasF1Team) November 11, 2022
The Protecting-Commentators-In-Jobs Award: Ferrari
It nearly seems like punching down on Ferrari, trying again over 2022, however the Scuderia had been a very unconvincing outfit of their quest for the 2022 Championships.
The primary three races confirmed a cool, calm, methodical Ferrari and Charles Leclerc, however these occasions proved to the outlying races of what regarded like a barely-held-together organisation at occasions.
With reliability points hurting Leclerc badly, the strategic errors and lack of a transparent, centered imaginative and prescient for his or her drivers meant that Leclerc felt as if he needed to fear about Sainz as a competitor simply as a lot as Max Verstappen.
Silverstone was the writing on the wall, with workforce boss Binotto ready with a pointed finger to make one thing very clear to Leclerc because the Monegasque climbed out of his automotive – one thing it’s extraordinarily tough to see Verstappen tolerating.
A Looney-Tunes type race in Hungary meant Ferrari had been already giving commentators trigger for concern going into the summer time break.
With Ferrari falling off the tempo after the break, following the introduction of the ground technical directive, their yo-yo-like efficiency was interspersed with additional strategic headscratchers – together with a wonderful second the place Leclerc was despatched out onto a dry Interlagos with a set of intermediates fitted, seemingly forgetting that it was qualifying, not a race, so attempting to time the changeover didn’t actually matter.
Clearly proficient on a technical stage, the F1-75 deserved a greater operation all spherical and, for 2023, one other workforce boss will get to have a crack at attempting to win Ferrari’s first title since 2008 as Vasseur takes the reins.
Spicy social media put up of the 12 months: Lewis Hamilton
Whereas the ‘Favored by Pierre Gasly’ meme was amusing for some time, it was Lewis Hamilton’s willingness to decide on violence on Twitter that proved notably amusing in 2022.
Usually content material posting motivational quotes or sentiments to his social media channels, Hamilton dropped a grenade with a easy, one-word tweet again through the summer time.
Nelson Piquet occurred (if you recognize, you recognize) and, amidst all of the furore, Hamilton managed to make his emotions on the matter very clear.
A Twitter poster wrote: “What if Lewis Hamilton simply tweeted ‘Who the f**okay is Nelson Piquet?’ then closed Twitter.”
Hamilton retweeted the message, and wrote “Think about”, and promptly dropped his mic and walked away.
Think about https://t.co/jzRsAI2uuA
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) June 28, 2022
Later in the summertime, Hamilton incurred the wrath of Fernando Alonso when the pair collided at Les Combes at Spa-Francorchamps.
With the incident clearly Hamilton’s fault, Alonso’s response to the collision proved lower than understanding as he proceeded to query Hamilton’s racing expertise over workforce radio, branding him an “fool”, earlier than taking the chance to gesticulate at his former McLaren team-mate as Hamilton stood along side the monitor.
Hamilton accepted duty for the incident as he spoke to the media afterward, though stopped shy of providing Alonso an apology after listening to of the Spaniard’s feedback over the radio.
With the matter brewing away, Hamilton took to Twitter as soon as once more to ship a devastating blow to Alonso.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) October 30, 2022
Alonso turned as much as the Dutch Grand Prix the next weekend in a extra contrite way of thinking, providing Hamilton an apology for his feedback, with the seven-time World Champion inviting the Spaniard all the way down to Mercedes to choose up a signed cap!
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