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How do the best races of F1 2022 stack up to 2021?

OPINION: A system to score all the grands prix from the past two seasons produces some interesting results and sets a standard that 2023 should surely exceed

Despite Max Verstappen’s runaway Formula 1 championship success in 2022, the new ground-effects rules were generally well received. Cars could follow each other more closely and we had some great battles during the campaign. But how good were the races compared to what came before?

Autosport teamed up with author Roger Smith in 2021 to start rating each grand prix. Assessing races is always tricky – how do you compare, for example, a masterclass, a wheel-to-wheel lead battle and a race full of unexpected drama? All have their merits, and different fans will have varying preferences as to what they want to see.

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