13 races down, 9 to go. We’re technically nicely previous midway within the 2022 F1 season, however the summer time break is the perfect time to take inventory.
Who can be mendacity again on their trip sunbed quietly content material with their efficiency thus far? And which drivers could must snub that tempting cocktail to spend extra time poring over the info to see the place they will enhance?
Let’s begin with these needing to up their recreation from Nos 11 by way of to twenty…
11 Sebastian Vettel
Vettel is nicely used to working within the midfield today and that’s precisely the place he suits into our rating, though comfortably forward of his team-mate.
What is ready to be the 35-year-old’s last marketing campaign bought off to a later-than-expected begin as he missed the primary two races in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia after contracting Covid, though he had beforehand taken half in testing.
His seasonal debut in Australia was a catastrophe – though the German’s scooter journey alongside the observe after his automotive broke down in follow was memorable – and he has suffered because of Aston Martin being among the many groups which have struggled most to adapt to the brand new rules.
Season excessive: Azerbaijan has been a contented looking floor for Vettel within the final two years and he adopted his 2021 podium with a P6 end this time, enhancing from ninth on the grid.
Season low: Crashing out of the Australian Grand Prix on lap 24 on the finish of a weekend when the four-time former World Champion seemed rusty following his enforced absence.
12 Zhou Guanyu
If this was a race, the Chinese language rookie can be beginning not too far behind his Alfa Romeo team-mate Valtteri Bottas, and that may be a tremendous testomony to the beginning he has made to his F1 profession.
Scoring factors on his debut in Bahrain, Zhou has solely as soon as added to his tally however a spate of three retirements in 4 races between Miami and Azerbaijan have been all all the way down to issues with the automotive moderately than something he did.
The 23-year-old has proven that when the C42 works, he’s nicely price his place on the grid and is there on benefit moderately than for any potential business advantages he brings to the crew.
Season excessive: It doesn’t get significantly better for a debutant in a midfield-standard automotive than to attain factors in your F1 bow, and that’s precisely what Zhou did by ending P10 in Bahrain.
Season low: It was not his fault, however the terrifying accident he suffered on the first nook of the British Grand Prix. Thank goodness he was unhurt.
13 Kevin Magnussen
Not like Vettel and Zhou, Magnussen is decrease in our rating than within the Drivers’ standings, however contemplating he had not even anticipated to be in F1 in February it’s nonetheless no imply achievement.
From day one among his comeback from endurance racing, as a result of expulsion of Nikita Mazepin, the Dane has seemed like he had by no means been away – okay, it was solely a yr’s absence, however nonetheless a feather in his cap.
Not an error-free first half of 2022 for Okay-Magazine by any means, which has included a couple of opening-lap skirmishes with Lewis Hamilton particularly, however each he and the Haas crew can be happy with what he has delivered.
Season excessive: Ending fifth in his first race again at Bahrain, with Haas’ greatest place in the entire of 2021 having been solely twelfth.
Season low: Having to begin in the back of the grid in France attributable to an engine penalty after which retiring after a collision with Nicholas Latfi.
14 Alex Albon
Contemplating getting out of Q1 is mostly an accomplishment for Williams, 14th just isn’t a nasty outcome right here for Albon.
Actually Williams are pleased with him, for he has simply been given a brand new multi-year contract – hardly stunning given all of their three factors with the struggling FW44 have been scored by Albon.
This isn’t the automotive during which he can really show his full vary of skills, however Albon is rebuilding his profession properly after being dropped from a race seat by Purple Bull.
Season excessive: Though he completed P9 in Miami, it was in all probability a better feat to nurse a single set of tyres for 57 of the 58 laps within the Australian Grand Prix and nonetheless cling on to a degree.
Season low: Requiring hospital checks after hitting the wall on the first nook of the British Grand Prix when shunted from behind.
15 Pierre Gasly
Once we compiled this characteristic a yr in the past, Gasly was ranked fourth. How the mighty have fallen.
A lot of that, after all, is all the way down to the automotive AlphaTauri have produced for the brand new rules. However the Frenchman has not accomplished a lot both to brighten his repute for being the following driver considered in line to affix a prime crew.
Gasly has merely not kicked on. In 2021, he usually outperformed the automotive. There have been valuable few indicators of that taking place this time round.
Season excessive: Like Vettel, he has grow to be one thing of a Baku specialist and his fifth-place end was comfortably his highest of the marketing campaign.
Season low: Silverstone was depressing for AlphaTauri and their vehicles got here collectively on lap 14, spinning in unison, with the injury ultimately ending Gasly’s race.
16 Lance Stroll
Often fairly carefully matched with team-mate Vettel on observe, Stroll gives the look of being inconsistent however his outcomes recommend the other.
He has completed between tenth and thirteenth in all however three of this yr’s races and seems greatest when executing a shrewd technique from what is usually an unpromising grid place – qualifying being Aston Martin’s Achilles heel.
Nonetheless, the crew proprietor’s son seems to get himself concerned involved with different vehicles extra usually than obligatory, damaging his possibilities of higher outcomes.
Season excessive: 4 P10 placings are pretty much as good because it will get for the Canadian, and the one he’ll in all probability look again on most fondly was at his house race in Montreal.
Season low: In Australian Grand Prix qualifying, he was unable to set a lap time attributable to a foolish collision with compatriot Latifi which earned him a three-place grid penalty that was successfully meaningless.
17 Mick Schumacher
This rating in all probability seems harsh primarily based on Schumacher’s wonderful performances in Britain and Austria that introduced his first F1 factors.
However on the entire these outcomes shine like beacons in what has in any other case been a reasonably gloomy season, the primary quarter of which was interspersed by a collection of pricey crashes.
The jury stays out about whether or not the son of the seven-time former World Champion genuinely has what it takes to succeed in the top of the game.
Season excessive: Although he completed sixth on the following race, it needs to be his last-lap battle with Max Verstappen’s broken Purple Bull at Silverstone when Schumacher was making an attempt to show his maiden level into two.
Season low: Large questions have been being requested in regards to the German’s future – not least by Haas crew principal Guenther Steiner – when he smashed into the barrier in Monaco, unharmed however splitting the automotive in two.
18 Daniel Ricciardo
A very unhappy indictment of Ricciardo’s downturn, we thought he was struggling badly when he stuffed seventeenth place on this characteristic final yr – and now he’s even decrease.
It has been like 2021 over again for the Australian, even with a brand new McLaren moderately than the continuity model that clearly suited Lando Norris higher final season.
All just isn’t misplaced although. Don’t overlook that after a equally troubled time, Ricciardo went and received the Italian Grand Prix final September. Can’t say we’d wager on lightning putting twice, thoughts.
Season excessive: Pushing Norris all the best way at his house race in Australia because the duo got here house fifth and sixth on one of many stronger weekends for an up-and-down McLaren crew.
Season low: Taking Carlos Sainz out on the opening lap at Imola was dangerous, however Ricciardo can be making an attempt to overlook throughout the recess about Hungary the place he tumbled from ninth on the grid to complete fifteenth, hindered by a penalty incurred for a collision with Stroll.
19 Yuki Tsunoda
12 months two at AlphaTauri was very a lot sink or swim for Tsunoda, and sadly he’s struggling to maintain his head above water.
He’s on the again row of our rating grid for a cause, merely having continued his erratic tendencies and but to indicate any actual indicators of the maturity as a racer he must safeguard his future.
Indignant outbursts within the cockpit broadcast by way of the crew radio feed do little to recommend the Japanese racer has the required temperament for F1, even with the providers of a psychologist introduced in to assist him.
Season excessive: Imola is AlphaTauri’s house venue and P7 there was a robust outcome, however that promise has subsequently gone unfulfilled.
Season low: Trailing house a minute behind the second-to-last automotive in Hungary was embarrassing, particularly with no clarification apart from an absence of grip.
20 Nicholas Latifi
Sadly for Latifi, twentieth is a place he has grow to be very used to in Formulation 1.
Put in his place from the outset by new team-mate Albon at Williams, the Canadian may barely preserve his automotive out of the wall on the early races of the season.
In equity, he has eradicated these errors over the course of the marketing campaign, however he stays the one one of many 20 common drivers but to attain a degree in 2022 – and his future past this yr needs to be in main doubt.
Season excessive: Latifi does have a P1 to his identify. Sadly, it was solely in FP3 for the Hungarian Grand Prix when he timed his last lap to perfection on a drying observe.
Season low: Tempting to say all of it, however to specify it can not worsen than Saudi Arabia the place he crashed out of each qualifying and the race.
Tsunoda in no man’s land with 4/10 Hungary drive
Yuki Tsunoda was final on observe and greater than a minute behind Nicholas Latifi subsequent up the street in Hungary.