F1 Standings

By: Mikey McGuire

We are only seven rounds into the 2022 Formula One season, and we are already getting a feel for who is in contention for what championship and what they need to do to win it. The 2021 season was a tight battle between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton from the very first race of the season but this season, things are shaking out a little differently.

As opposed to 2021, a few drivers are still very much in play for the drivers’ championship. The most prominent battle of the season is between Charles Leclerc and Verstappen. At the time of writing, Verstappen as the lead with 125 points to Leclerc 116, but with a margin that tight, it’s still anyone’s game. 

The third driver still very much in the fight for the drivers’ championship is Verstappen teammate Sergio Perez. Perez runs third in the standings, six points behind Leclerc, but his current standing does not tell the whole story. Perez suffered a mechanical DNF in the first race of the season taking him out of a solid point position. The Mexican driver also fell victim to team orders in Spain, being made to give the lead, and the win, to his teammate.

On the other side of the coin, the constructors’ championship is much more of a wider points spread. Red Bull leads at the time of writing with 235 points to Ferraris 199 and Mercedes 134. Even with their double DNF in the first round, Red Bull still runs the board in the team’s championship and with their current pace, won’t slow down anytime soon.

While mathematically it is still anyone’s game in both championships, it is clear which teams and drivers have the best shot at lifting the trophies at the end of the season. At the moment it looks like we will be treated to a three-way championship battle if Red Bull allows their drivers to both compete for it. While it may not be as exciting as 2021, we are in store for another exhilarating season of racing.

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