As 2022 takes the chequered flag and a new year begins, there’s no better time to look back at the year that was on RaceFans.
From the biggest stories of the year to all of RaceFans’ exclusive interviews and our driver rankings list for Formula 1, F2, F3, Formula E and IndyCar, there’s is plenty to look back on as 2022 comes to an end.
The biggest stories of 2022
This year was a memorable one for major stories in Formula 1. From Haas dropping their sponsor and driver due to the invasion of Ukraine and hiring back Kevin Magnussen to Sebastian Vettel’s surprise retirement and Red Bull being punished for breaching the 2021 budget cap, there were many memorable stories that broke this year. Here are the biggest stories.
Magnussen made a shock return to F1 Aston Martin announces departure of CEO Otmar Szafnauer Mike Krack named new Aston Martin F1 team principal Norris signs new McLaren deal extending his contract to 2025 Bahrain Grand Prix extends F1 contract to 2036 Szafnauer named Alpine team principal in management shake-up Haas to remove Russian colours and Uralkali branding from car Formula 1 terminates Russian Grand Prix contract Mazepin loses F1 seat as Haas confirm termination of Uralkali sponsorship deal F1 extends deal to race at Imola until 2025 Haas announce Magnussen as second race driver for 2022 F1 confirms new Saturday night race in Las Vegas from 2023 Ericsson repels last-lap attack from O’Ward to win Indianapolis 500 Vettel surprised many with his retirement announcement Vettel announces he will retire from Formula 1 at the end of 2022 Alonso to join Aston Martin in 2023 on “multi-year” deal Alpine confirm Piastri to make F1 race debut in 2023 Piastri makes shock announcement he will not debut in F1 with Alpine next year McLaren confirm early exit for Ricciardo at end of season Audi confirms 2026 F1 entry as engine manufacturer Drugovich crowned F2 champion despite sprint race retirement as Vips wins Power clinches second IndyCar title as Palou takes dominant Laguna Seca win Sky extends deal to broadcast F1 live in UK until 2029 Binotto resigned as Ferrari team principal Verstappen clinches world championship in rain-shortened Japanese Grand Prix Sargeant to drive for Williams in 2023 if he gets superlicence – Capito Red Bull clinch their first constructors’ championship since 2013 Red Bull fined $7 million and lose development time for 2021 budget cap breach Binotto resigns as Ferrari team principal after team falls short in title fight Formula 1 cancels Chinese Grand Prix for fourth year due to Covid Zandvoort extends deal to host Dutch Grand Prix until 2025 Williams team principal Capito and technical director Demaison step down Seidl leaves McLaren for Sauber, Stella takes his place Vasseur confirmed as Binotto’s replacement at Ferrari
Become a RaceFans supporter and RaceFans exclusive interviews
With experienced journalist Claire Cottingham joining RaceFans for 2022, there were many opportunities to speak one-on-one with the drivers through the season.
From world champion Max Verstappen to Lando Norris, Valtteri Bottas and more, here are all the RaceFans exclusive interviews from this season…
Norris spoke to RaceFans in France Exclusive: The changes Pirelli saw in Bahrain which promise more close racing in 2022 ‘I belong with Verstappen, Leclerc, Russell and Norris’ – Pierre Gasly exclusive interview Exclusive: Albon on his successful return at Williams and learning to be “more selfish” Exclusive: Lando Norris on working to win with McLaren in 2024 Interview: Magnussen on comeback nerves and being a different kind of F1 father Exclusive: How Verstappen’s “different mindset” unlocked his title-winning potential Speaking with the world champion Exclusive: Verstappen on growing up in a racing family and inspiring a nation of fans Exclusive: Verstappen on racing outside F1, ‘the show’ – and how to win a championship “I was so hard on myself… it was difficult to deal with”: Bottas speaks to RaceFans Exclusive: Zhou on closing the gap to Bottas and coming back stronger in 2023
Become a RaceFans supporter and 2022 F1 race reviews
After every grand prix, RaceFans’ race reviews tell a detailed story of how each race was won – or lost. Recap how each of the 22 rounds of this year played out with our full list of race reviews for the 2022 season.
Leclerc took his second win in Melbourne Bahrain – Leclerc puts Ferrari back on top as Verstappen’s title defence starts badly Saudi Arabia – Verstappen’s racing savvy and Red Bull’s strategy deny Leclerc a second win Australia – Leclerc emulates Schumacher with Melbourne grand slam as Verstappen lucks out again Emilia-Romagna – Verstappen takes maximum advantage as Leclerc makes first major error of title fight Miami – Verstappen takes another win away from Leclerc to draw within striking distance Spanish – Leclerc’s car trouble and two assists from Perez put Verstappen back on top Monaco – Perez shows he’s no number two by mastering treacherous Monaco Azerbaijan – Verstappen picks up the pieces in Baku as reliability paradigm shifts for Ferrari Verstappen’s France win began a dominant second half Canada – Title fight is turning into a Red Bull rout as Verstappen resists Sainz for another win Great Britain – Sainz seizes his chance for first win as rivals luck out on day of drama Austria – Leclerc shows he was right to tell Ferrari ‘we can get them’ with win in Red Bull’s backyard France – Verstappen takes huge lead as Leclerc’s crash halts Ferrari’s fightback before it begins Hungary – Verstappen and Red Bull’s tactical masterclass humiliates Ferrari in Hungary Belgium – Verstappen awaits coronation as crushing Spa win makes second title a formality Netherlands – Dutch delight for champion-in-waiting as Red Bull see off their new main threat Italy – Verstappen grabs fifth straight win as Ferrari find beating him “impossible” at home Singapore – Cool-headed Perez overcomes Leclerc – and the stewards – for Singapore win Verstappen was champion after Suzuka Japan – Verstappen is champion again with classy drive in anti-climactic decider USA – Verstappen brings joy to bereft Red Bull team by delivering constructors’ title Mexico – How Mercedes failed to make Verstappen fight for his record 14th win Brazil – Russell banishes memory of lost Sakhir win with breakthrough triumph in Brazil Abu Dhabi – Verstappen smokes his rivals one last time as Vettel goes out fighting
Become a RaceFans supporter and F1 driver rankings
For a second consecutive year, Max Verstappen topped RaceFans’ driver rankings for the 2022 season. Check out the full grid ranking for the season from 20 all the way to the world champion at number one.
2022 F1 driver rankings #20: Nicholas Latifi 2022 F1 driver rankings #19: Daniel Ricciardo 2022 F1 driver rankings #18: Mick Schumacher 2022 F1 driver rankings #17: Yuki Tsunoda 2022 F1 driver rankings #16: Zhou Guanyu 2022 F1 driver rankings #15: Lance Stroll 2022 F1 driver rankings #14: Pierre Gasly 2022 F1 driver rankings #13: Alexander Albon 2022 F1 driver rankings #12: Kevin Magnussen 2022 F1 driver rankings #11: Valtteri Bottas 2022 F1 driver rankings #10: Carlos Sainz Jnr 2022 F1 driver rankings #9: Sergio Perez 2022 F1 driver rankings #8: Esteban Ocon 2022 F1 driver rankings #7: Sebastian Vettel 2022 F1 driver rankings #6: Lewis Hamilton 2022 F1 driver rankings #5: George Russell 2022 F1 driver rankings #4: Fernando Alonso 2022 F1 driver rankings #3: Charles Leclerc 2022 F1 driver rankings #2: Lando Norris 2022 F1 driver rankings #1: Max Verstappen RaceFans top 10 drivers of 2022 (other series)