F1 2022: Runners & riders

Twenty drivers, 10 teams, two new faces and with new regulations, a closed-up field (in theory). Motor Sport’s statto Jake Williams-Smith introduces the grid for 2022 and gives a key objective for each competitor

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Red Bull

RB18

Loosened Lewis Hamilton’s title grip with Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen

Car No 1

Age 24

Wins 20

Poles 13

2021 position 1st

Aim in 2022 Simple: to defend his Formula 1 crown

Max Verstappen head portrait
Sergio Perez

Car No 11

Age 32

Wins 2

Fastest laps 6

2021 position 4th

Aim in 2022 To get closer to Verstappen’s pace

 

Mercedes

W13 E-Performance

Constructors’ champions for the past eight years will want to make it nine

Mercedes AMG F1
Lewis Hamilton

Car No 44

Age 37

Wins 103

Poles 103

2021 position 2nd

Aim in 2022 Win a record eighth drivers’ world title

George Russell

Car No 63

Age 24

Podiums 1

Fastest laps 1

2021 position 15th

Aim in 2022 Reduce gap to Hamilton in a way Bottas never could

 

Ferrari

F1-75

Focused on regulations for a number of years; must return to winning ways

Charles Leclerc

Car No 16

Age 24

Wins 2

Poles 9

2021 position 7th

Aim in 2022 Reassert team leader role over Carlos Sainz Jr

Carlos Sainz

Car No 55

Age 27

Podiums 6

Fastest laps 1

2021 position 5th

Aim in 2022 His first F1 drive was in 2015, so a first win is long overdue

 

McLaren

MCL36

Has played down expectations but must continue recovery to the front

Lando Norris

Car No 4

Age 23

Poles 1

Fastest laps 3

2021 position 6th

Aim in 2022 Securing a maiden F1 win (perhaps on home turf: Monaco)

Daniel Ricciardo

Car No 3

Age 32

Wins 8

Podiums 32

2021 position 8th

Aim in 2022 Find his missing pace; quicken up

 

Alpine

A522

Another team to focus on 2022 extensively; Alonso will be critical

Fernando Alonso

Car No 14

Age 40

Wins 32

Poles 22

2021 position 10th

Aim in 2022 Fight for podiums; he’s had just one in since 2014

Fernando Alonso head portrait
Esteban Ocon

Car No 31

Age 25

Wins 1

Podiums 2

2021 position 11th

Aim in 2022 Beat Alonso regularly and find some consistency

 

AlphaTauri

AT03

The team needs to improve on 2021 after Gasly showed flashes of inspiration

Pierre Gasly

Car No 10

Age 25

Wins 1

Fastest laps 3

2021 position 9th

Aim in 2022 Get among the front runners and take points more regularly

Yuki Tsunoda

Car No 22

Age 21

Best F1 finish 4th

Career points 32

2021 position 14th

Aim in 2022 To become much more consistent

 

Aston Martin

AMR22

Ex-BMW motor sport boss has been hired to improve the team beyond F1’s midfield

Sebastian Vettel

Car No 5

Age 34

Wins 53

Poles 57

2021 position 12th

Aim in 2022 The four-time winner needs to out-score Stroll emphatical

Lance Stroll

Car No 18

Age 23

Podiums 3

Poles 1

2021 position 13th

Aim in 2022 Finish ahead of Vettel – which he’s capable of on his day

 

Williams

FW44

The team has shown improvements; 2022 will be key

Nicholas Latifi

Car No 6

Age 26

Career points 7

Best F1 finish 7th

2021 position 17th

Aim in 2022 Impose his dominance over team-mate Alex Albon

Alexander Albon

Car No 23

Age 25

Podiums 2

Career points 197

2021 position N/A

Aim in 2022 Beat Latifi – as Russell did

 

Alfa Romeo

C42

Loosened Lewis Hamilton’s title grip with Max Verstappen

Valterri Bottas

Car No 77

Age 32

Wins 10

Podiums 67

2021 position 3rd

Aim in 2022 Score points and dominate newcomer Guanyu Zhou

Guanyu Zhou

Car No 24

Age 22

Formula 2 career starts 68

F2 wins 5

2021 F2 position 3rd

Aim in 2022 The first Chinese F1 driver needs to keep close to Bottas

 

Haas

VF-22

Only one direction for the team to go in 2022. Things surely can’t get worse

Mick Schumacher

Car No 57

Age 22

F1 starts 22

Best F1 finish 12th

2021 position 19th

Aim in 2022 Maintain his advantage over Nikita Mazep

Nikita Mazepin

Car No 9

Age 22

F1 starts 21

Best F1 finish 14th

2021 F2 position 21st

Aim in 2022 Get closer to Schumacher and earn a point or two