On his technique to securing his second world championship Max Verstappen put collectively one of the crucial dominant seasons in Components 1 historical past. Pink Bull’s flying Dutchman was in good kind all 12 months as he turned simply the eleventh driver to win back-to-back world titles. However what do the numbers say about his efficiency in 2022?
Verstappen gained a record-breaking 15 races this 12 months – together with 9 of the final 11 races – setting the brand new benchmark for essentially the most wins in a season, as he surpassed the earlier file of 13, that was held by Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.
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Verstappen’s 15 victories got here in 22 Grands Prix, which implies he stood on the highest step of the rostrum at 68.2% of the races this season. That is the fifth greatest win share in an F1 season and the second greatest since 2005 – solely bettered by Vettel’s 68.4%-win price in 2013.
Verstappen completed on the rostrum 17 occasions in complete this 12 months – a 3rd place end in Monaco and second place in Austria to go together with his 15 wins. Sadly for the Dutch driver this didn’t match the file for essentially the most podiums in a season – which is eighteen – though Verstappen will sleep properly understanding that he set that landmark in 2021.
What was a file for Verstappen, was his factors tally this season. The double world champion scored 454 factors this season, surpassing the earlier complete set by Lewis Hamilton – which was 413 – again in 2019.
This was the hole from Verstappen to second-placed Charles Leclerc within the drivers’ championship. This was the biggest margin of victory within the hybrid period – surpassing Hamilton’s 124-point win over Valtteri Bottas in 2020 – and the second greatest in F1 historical past – behind Vettel’s 155-point hole to Fernando Alonso in 2013.
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Verstappen took eight DHL pole place awards this season, however solely began P1 seven occasions as a result of he picked up a grid penalty on the Belgian Grand Prix, after having gone quickest in qualifying. Verstappen’s tally was the second-best behind Leclerc, who had 9.
He could not have at all times began on pole, however Verstappen made positive he had a transparent line to the primary nook most of the time as he began on the entrance row 13 occasions this season.
Verstappen took the quickest lap on 5 events this 12 months, though he didn’t obtain this feat within the last seven races of the season. Nevertheless, this was nonetheless ok to win the DHL Award for essentially the most quickest laps in a season.
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Verstappen led 616 laps this season – 305 greater than the motive force with second most which was Leclerc. This quantity ranks seventh within the all-time record of most laps led in a season. Nevertheless, Verstappen’s tally of 652 laps led in 2021 is fifth on the all-time record.
These 616 laps led means Verstappen led for 3,164km this season. With the circumference of the Netherlands being a reported 1,478km, it appears Verstappen went spherical his residence nation twice after which some because the chief of an F1 race this season.