Max Verstappen entered into his first ever world title defence with a target on his back. He ended the year a double champion and the undisputed best driver of the season.
Before the 2022 season began, McLaren signed Lando Norris to a three year extension. He spent every race weekend proving them right to do so.
Through the first two months of the 2022 season, Charles Leclerc was a genuine title contender. It was not his fault his challenge unravelled soon after.
Fernando Alonso stunned many by signing for Aston Martin. After his 2022 season, it’s easy to see why the team want the 41-year-old on board.
George Russell’s first season at the front was likely not what he expected. However, he impressed alongside his illustrious team mate and secured Mercedes’ only win.
Lewis Hamilton was determined to strike back after being denied the 2021 title. Instead he suffered his first ever winless season.
After 15 full seasons, Sebastian Vettel bowed out of Formula 1 in 2022. Despite a terrible start, he still showed why he is one of the very best this season.
Esteban Ocon was the definition of solid in 2022 – consistent, reliable and occasionally great. But he also had a few run-ins with his team mate.
Sergio Perez’s second season at Red Bull was more fruitful than his first, but he still regularly had no answer to his world champion team mate Max Verstappen.
Carlos Sainz Jnr earned a contract extension from Ferrari early in 2022, then made a myriad of mistakes. Fortunately, by year’s end, he’d done enough to win back his team’s confidence.
Valtteri Bottas left Mercedes and became a new man and driver in his first year at Alfa Romeo. A rich haul of early season points were vital as his car often let him down.
Kevin Magnussen was as surprised as anyone to see himself return to Formula 1 in 2022. He enjoyed some of his best moments of his career, but some frustrating ones also.
Alexander Albon returned to Formula 1 after a year’s absence in 2022 and quickly won over his new Williams team. But he also showed he is not yet the finished article.
Following his best season in Formula 1 in 2021, Pierre Gasly’s final year with AlphaTauri was more muted. He heads to Alpine with the risk of a ban hanging over him.
Lance Stroll’s sixth season in Formula 1 saw him produce some respectable performances but his season was marked by too many errors and questionable moves.
F1’s only rookie of 2022, Zhou Guanyu earned himself a second season with his disciplined driving – despite being frustrated by an unreliable Alfa Romeo.
Yuki Tsunoda headed into his second season in Formula 1 looking to show a marked improvement over 2021. But some silly errors did not reflect well on him.
The third driver in RaceFans’ yearly countdown is another who will depart the grid at the end of the year. Mick Schumacher’s second season proved a disappointment.
Daniel Ricciardo’s second season at McLaren was supposed to be a fresh start. But by the end, his time at the team – and possibly F1 – was cut unexpectedly short.
The first of RaceFans’ driver rankings articles for the 2022 season sees the driver deemed the worst performer of the season. No surprises for guessing who occupies the bottom sport.