With the most seismic regulation overhaul in Formula 1 history looming, the 2022 pre-season attention was focused almost entirely on the new cars that were poised to break cover. But thanks chiefly to the titanic early duel between title protagonists Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, plus the toils of seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton versus his new Mercedes team-mate George Russell, the drivers soon wrested back the limelight.
Immediately after each of the 22 rounds, Autosport awarded every racer a score out of 10 for their efforts as per our long-standing Driver Ratings. Now, though, with the benefit of hindsight and more information subsequently surfacing, there’s greater justification for why some flourished and others suffered during any given weekend. With that wider context now established, here we present our best drivers of the season.
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Many doubted Lewis Hamilton’s move from McLaren to Mercedes for the 2013 Formula 1 season. But the journey he’s been on since has taken the Briton to new heights - and to a further six world championship titles
OPINION: With teams outside the top three having struggled in Formula 1 in recent seasons, the rules changes introduced in 2022 should have more of an impact this season. How well Haas does, as the poster child for the kind of team that F1 wanted to be able to challenge at the front, is crucial
OPINION: Although the central building blocks for Mercedes’ recent, long-lasting Formula 1 success were installed before he joined the team, Toto Wolff has been instrumental in ensuring it maximised its finally-realised potential after years of underachievement. The 10-year anniversary of Wolff joining Mercedes marks the perfect time to assess his work
Alpine’s signing of Pierre Gasly alongside Esteban Ocon revives memories of a famous all-French line-up, albeit in the red of Ferrari, for BEN EDWARDS. Can the former AlphaTauri man's arrival help the French team on its path back to winning ways in a tribute act to the Prancing Horse's title-winning 1983?
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
Who was the fastest driver in 2022? Everyone has an opinion, but what does the stopwatch say? Obviously, differing car performance has an effect on ultimate laptime – but it’s the relative speed of each car/driver package that’s fascinating and enlightening says ALEX KALINAUCKAS
He has more starts without a podium than anyone else in Formula 1 world championship history, but Nico Hulkenberg is back for one more shot with Haas. After spending three years on the sidelines, the revitalised German is aiming to prove to his new team what the F1 grid has been missing
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