The underside 10 drivers of the 2022 F1 season

Usually a lot debate and on-line fury are available over who one of the best drivers of any given Components 1 season had been, however deciding who had been the ten weakest drivers might be equally powerful.

Within the case of the 2022 F1 season, there are many powerful choices to be made when wanting on the ‘worst’ 10 drivers of the yr.

That’s partly as a result of many of those ‘worst’ drivers had quite a few stand-out drives however merely weren’t fairly as spectacular because the drivers who made our high 10, as you may learn right here.

Our rating isn’t about one of the best drivers based mostly on their total means, however particularly on their efficiency degree relative to the out there equipment over the course of the 2022 season.

This takes into consideration myriad components – like tempo in qualifying and the race, consistency, price of errors, how they progressed by the yr and plenty of extra. To maintain the countdown easy, and making an allowance for that positions 1-10 are lined elsewhere, we’ll current them right here from eleventh to twentieth:

11 Sebastian Vettel

Championship place: twelfth
Greatest consequence: sixth
Factors: 37

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying Day Suzuka, Japan

Vettel’s farewell F1 season wasn’t as relentless or supreme as his Pink Bull glory days however there was loads of proof that he nonetheless had loads of the outdated magic that made him an F1 nice.

His run to eighth in a rain-affected Imola race when his Aston Martin was uncompetitive was an early-season standout as had been his performances when his AMR22 turned one of many higher automobiles in F1’s midfield.

Vettel’s sixth place at Suzuka and exemplary qualifying efficiency in Abu Dhabi confirmed he didn’t decelerate when he’d made his choice to stroll away from F1.

Nonetheless, there have been only a few too many qualifying errors or occasions Lance Stroll bought the higher of him for Vettel to flee becoming a member of this checklist in his remaining yr.

12 Valtteri Bottas

Championship place: Tenth
Greatest consequence: 4th
Factors: 49

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Belgian Grand Prix Race Day Spa Francorchamps, Belgium

A season of two halves for Bottas not simply because the efficiency of his Alfa Romeo went from a possible Mercedes-beater to spoiling Bottas’s impeccable (lack of) Q1 exits report.

He was the spearhead for Alfa’s glorious begin to 2022 – though it wasn’t with out errors – and picked up a factors tally that the staff was desperately grateful for when it fell down F1’s pecking order because the season progressed.

Bottas ended a 10-race point-less streak simply in time to avoid wasting Alfa from being overhauled by Aston Martin proper on the finish of the season.

After a sluggish begin Bottas’s team-mate Zhou Guanyu started to extend the strain on Bottas and inflicted a number of defeats on each Saturdays and Sundays.

13 Pierre Gasly

Championship place: 14th
Greatest consequence: fifth
Factors: 23

F1 Grand Prix Of Singapore

Among the best midfield performers throughout 2020-21 loses his place within the high 10 in 2022 not as a result of the relative efficiency of his AlphaTauri declined however as a result of his place throughout the staff receded.

He was outpaced by team-mate Yuki Tsunoda way over in 2021 and struggled with the weak entrance finish of the automobile.

He was nonetheless the staff’s finest performer and we noticed flashes of his pace – notably on the streets of Miami, Monaco and Baku – but it surely was a much more muted yr than what got here earlier than, notably as soon as it turned clear he’d be heading to Alpine in 2023.

14 Kevin Magnussen

Championship place: thirteenth
Greatest consequence: fifth
Factors: 25

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Brazilian Grand Prix Qualifying Day Sao Paulo, Brazil

For those who’d have made this checklist after the opening few races Magnussen would have been firmly inside the highest 10 and much away from the underside half.

However sadly for the Haas driver his sensational return to F1 petered out throughout the center of his comeback yr.

That was till his gorgeous pole place – his and the staff’s first in F1 – which was a well timed reminder of why Haas introduced Magnussen again for 2022.

He delivers the large outcomes that Haas discovered itself resting on for almost all of the yr, notably due to Mick Schumacher’s lack of factors scoring.

15 Lance Stroll

Championship place: fifteenth
Greatest consequence: sixth
Factors: 18

Lance Stroll Aston Martin F1 Dutch GP Zandvoort

Stroll’s 2022 included his standard assortment of incisive first laps, stable drives to first rate outcomes and midfield anonymity.

He was usually the higher of the 2 Aston Martin drivers however he didn’t take pleasure in the identical high-scoring peaks that Vettel both achieved or got here near.

His solely non-Tenth place factors finishes got here with a superb sixth at Suzuka and the eighth in Abu Dhabi that very practically earned Aston Martin sixth within the constructors’ championship.

Stroll nonetheless lacks that cutting-edge in comparison with a few of his midfield rivals, one thing that can turn out to be more and more apparent when probably the most efficient operators in F1’s midfield – Fernando Alonso – joins him subsequent yr.

16 Yuki Tsunoda

Championship place: seventeenth
Greatest consequence: seventh
Factors: 12

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Canadian Grand Prix Race Day Montreal, Canada

Tsunoda’s season is a tough one to price given AlphaTauri’s yo-yoing kind and his personal usually inconsistent patches.

However his second yr in F1 felt like one thing of a step ahead as he was generally indisputably the faster AlphaTauri driver.

His run of 12 races and not using a level was regarding although particularly after a reasonably vibrant begin that included eighth in Bahrain and seventh at Imola.

Tsunoda’s qualifying tempo has improved however his administration of races might nonetheless do with some work – a transparent goal space for his third season with AlphaTauri subsequent yr.

17 Zhou Guanyu

Championship place: 18th
Greatest consequence: eighth
Factors: 6

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship British Grand Prix Race Day Silverstone, England

F1 2022’s sole rookie was way more spectacular than his tally of six factors – in comparison with the 49 scored by Alfa Romeo team-mate Bottas – demonstrated.

He was harm by the actual fact the Alfa was at its strongest when Zhou was discovering his toes initially of the season whereas Bottas was thriving in his new problem.

However he minimised the errors and even lots of the crashes he was concerned in – like his horrific Silverstone begin crash (pictured) – had been hardly his fault.

Zhou was simply missing the large highs that all the drivers above him on the checklist skilled however he did a good job and builds a stable basis for his second yr in F1.

18 Daniel Ricciardo

Championship place: eleventh
Greatest consequence: fifth
Factors: 37

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Dutch Grand Prix Race Day Zandvoort, Netherlands

Ricciardo skilled a troublesome first season with McLaren however nothing might have ready him for the way a lot harder issues would get in 2022.

This time there was no grand prix win to melt the multitude of blows and he completed within the factors in simply eight of the 22 races held, 9 fewer than team-mate Lando Norris who demolished him.

Ricciardo’s struggles in the end value McLaren fourth within the constructors’ to Alpine and ensured the staff moved to finish Ricciardo’s contract early and exchange him with 2021 Components 2 champion Oscar Piastri.

Whereas his off-track conduct was exemplary and his trademark grin by no means totally disappeared, there are only a few positives to take from Ricciardo’s 2022.

19 Mick Schumacher

Championship place: sixteenth
Greatest consequence: sixth
Factors: 12

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Monaco Grand Prix Sunday Monte Carlo, Monaco

A lot was anticipated of Schumacher’s second yr in F1 such had been his tendency to make a step in his second yr within the junior classes.

He made a step however sadly, it was paired with extra main crashes than factors finishes and deficits to team-mate Magnussen when the Haas was at its finest.

Schumacher threatened to push on with a short mid-season purple patch of back-to-back high 10 finishes, however the errors continued, and Haas elected to ditch him for a safer (and doubtlessly sooner) pair of palms in Nico Hulkenberg.

20 Nicholas Latifi

Championship place: twentieth
Greatest consequence: ninth
Factors: 2

Nicholas Latifi Williams F1

Nicholas Latifi is a significantly better Components 1 driver than he confirmed in 2022 the place he caught out because the clear weakest driver on the grid.

There have been flashes of efficiency – dragging the old-spec Williams to Q3 at Silverstone or his FP3-topping tempo on the Hungaroring {that a} qualifying error wasted – however he was comprehensively crushed by his Williams team-mate Alex Albon.

Ninth at Suzuka was his one first rate race consequence however by then Williams had lengthy determined to look elsewhere.

Three years in F1 is nothing to be scoffed at but it surely’s a disgrace Latifi’s F1 profession needed to finish on such a hopeless low.

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