Formula 1 | Hamilton, Ferrari, Alonso… The F1 statistics to follow in 2022

The 2021 season was very rich in striking statistics, that of 2022 could be even more historic… The tables of F1 have indeed not finished filling up! A quick overview before the official launch of the private tests this week in Barcelona…

It is this whole 2022 calendar that is actually record: never have so many Grands Prix been scheduled in one year (23). The season will also be very concentrated because it will end at the end of November in Abu Dhabi (World Cup football in Qatar obliges), the earliest conclusion of a championship since 2010.

But the statistic that everyone will be looking at will of course be the number of pilot titles won. Lewis Hamilton was one lap away at Yas Marina from overtaking Michael Schumacher with a 8th title : he will have another opportunity this year.

To do that, he will have to start by dominating his new team-mate George Russell at Mercedes. A duo of the same nationality ? Lewis Hamilton knows well, even if it’s rather rare in F1. Mercedes had tried it with Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher in 2010-2012, McLaren also with another British duo, Lewis Hamilton-Jenson Button.

Mercedes could also win a 9th title in a row in the constructors’ classification. Which would be a gigantic feat, straddling several rule changes (2014, 2017 and 2022).

At Red Bull, Max Verstappen will wear number 1 – for the first time in yearsthis iconic number will return to the track in Grand Prix on Sunday, since Lewis Hamilton had preferred to keep the 44, and since Nico Rosberg had retired a few days after obtaining his title.

At Ferrari, it will be anguish: since the last victory of the team, in Singapore in 2019 (Sebastian Vettel), time is long. In Bahrain at the first Grand Prix of the year, it will 910 days that the Scuderia will not have won in F1: will the bar of the 1000th day be reached?

However, it would be necessary to wait until 2023 for the record of 1400 days without a win to be sadly broken (between Prost’s victory at Jerez in 1990, and Berger’s victory at Hockenheim four years later) on the side of Maranello.

But since Sebastian Vettel’s last victory, in addition to Mercedes and Red Bull, four mid-grid teams have won: McLaren, Alpine, AlphaTauri and Racing Point… Ferrari is still waiting!

Another great record could be beaten: that of the number of Grand Prix contested. Kimi Räikkönen improved the mark to 350 starts, but as early as the Russian Grand Prix in September, Fernando Alonso could overtake the former Ferrari and Alfa Romeo driver (he will be 41).

Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, will also reach the bar of 300 Grand Prizes This year.

Valtteri Bottas will dispute his 200th Grand Prixwhile Esteban Ocon, Charles Leclerc, and Pierre Gasly will take part in their 100th race in F1.

At last for the first time in history a Chinese pilot will drive in Grand Prix on Sunday: Guanyu Zhou at Alfa Romeo. He replaces Antonio Giovinazzi, which means that there is no longer an Italian driver on the grid (first since 2018).

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