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Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18, George Russell, Mercedes W13, the rest of the field away at the start
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Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

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

We’re aware that any attempt to rank Formula 1’s drivers in order of speed will provoke an emotional response in some quarters, especially the deafeningly partisan echo chamber that is social media. So we set out clear rules for this exercise based on arithmetic
 and rigour rather than subjectivity and sentiment.

Formula 1 is a complex business and there are many parameters
 to consider when assessing outright race pace in the current era.
 To be clear, we only considered races where the top times were set on dry tyres, so unfortunately Japan had to be excluded.

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