Max Verstappen dominates 2022 Drivers’ Championship

Oracle Red Bull Racing Team wins the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ championships.


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Max Verstappen driving his Honda-Powered RB-15 during the 2019 Italian GP.

Trent Thompson, Arts and Entertainment Editor

Max Verstappen started the 2022 Formula one (F1) season on the slow side, with a P19 at Bahrain, and a P18 at Melbourne. To contrast these races, he received pole position at Jeddah.

Verstappen only had two did not finishes (DNFs) through the whole season, and that was during the Australian GP and the Bahrain GP. Red Bull had very good reliability as well as speed throughout the entire season once they fixed the issue with the fuel system.

Verstappen had seven pole positions, but oftentimes, came back from lower grid positions, and won the race. Verstappen had 17 podiums and 15 wins. He only had five races where he did not make the podium.

Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez, who finished third in the Drivers’ Championship, had only two wins and one pole position throughout the 2022 season. This shows how much speed and skill Verstappen brings to the Oracle Red Bull Team.

Ferrari tried to beat out Red Bull in both the Constructors’ and Drivers’ Championships. Unfortunately for the Italian Team, they were unable to come close to either Championship. This is due to reliability issues with the cars, and bad decisions when it comes to race strategy.

Ferrari Team driver, Charles Leclerc, who received second, was blown out of the water by Verstappen. He only had 308 points compared to Verstappen’s whopping 454 points. Charles barely beat out Perez, who finished with 305 points.

Ferrari wasn’t able to touch the Red Bull Team when it came to Constructors’ points. Red Bull finished with 759 points, while Ferrari finished with a disappointing 554 points. They claimed the title during the United States GP, their first Constructors’ since 2013.

Likewise, Max Verstappen claimed the Drivers’ Championship after the Mexican GP, after his 14th win of the season. He had a lead of 136 points over his teammate.

Ferrari, as well as other high budget teams, hope to beat the English team in the 2023 season, which returns March 5. They are hoping for new driver lineups, better strategy decisions, and better cars to give them hope for the 2023 F1 season.