Hamilton moves up the order of most laps raced, Ricciardo records his worst finishing position in 11 years and Bottas records Alfa Romeo’s best result since 2019. Here’s a statistic from each driver’s 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend!
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen secured Red Bull’s 75th pole position, becoming the 14th different driver to take pole at the Imola circuit. In the race, he became the seventh driver to take multiple wins at Imola and the fifth to do so in successive years. With his podium, Verstappen recorded the 350th top three finish for car number 1 in F1 and equalled David Coulthard for tenth in the all-time list of most podiums. Meanwhile, the Dutchman’s 34-point haul sees him overtake Nico Rosberg as the driver to have scored the sixth-most points in Formula 1 history.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez finished as runner-up to his team-mate at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. It marked Red Bull’s first 1-2 result since the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix.
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton finished in 13th place for the third time in his F1 career. He also finished 13th at the 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix and the 2009 Turkish Grand Prix. On Lap 33 of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Hamilton overtook Rubens Barrichello as the driver to have raced the fourth-most laps in Formula 1 history. Hamilton’s total of laps raced now stands at 16,662.
🇬🇧 George Russell
George Russell finished in fourth place at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. He’s now the only driver to finish in the top five at every race in the 2022 season.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
Along with Lando Norris, Charles Leclerc is one of only two drivers who has scored in all of the last three races at Imola.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
For the second race in a row, Carlos Sainz was the first retirement from the Grand Prix. Sainz is the first driver to record the first retirement at two consecutive Grands Prix since Kevin Magnussen, who was first out at 2020’s pair of races at Silverstone. This is the first time that Sainz has recorded DNFs at consecutive races since the 2020 Tuscan and Russian Grands Prix. Sainz became the first Ferrari driver to retire at Imola since Rubens Barrichello in the 2005 San Marino Grand Prix.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo finished only 18th at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, recording his worst finishing position in a race at which he has crossed the finish line since the 2011 Brazilian Grand Prix, where he finished 20th.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
Lando Norris finished in third place, recording McLaren’s first podium finish of the 2022 season. This was Norris’ first podium since the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. Norris made this the fourth time in the last five races at Imola that a McLaren driver has finished in third place.
🇪🇸 Fernando Alonso
Qualifying in fifth place, Fernando Alonso equalled his best qualifying result since the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix. In the race, Alonso recorded his first retirement at Imola since the 2001 San Marino Grand Prix.
🇫🇷 Esteban Ocon
A gearbox issue meant that Esteban Ocon was unable to set a second lap time in qualifying. He therefore recorded his first Q1 exit since the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix and qualified on the back row for the first time since the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix. In the race, Ocon finished 14th, failing to score for the first time since the 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly recorded his first Q1 exit since the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix. He went on to finish the race in twelfth place.
🇯🇵 Yuki Tsunoda
Yuki Tsunoda out-qualified team-mate Pierre Gasly for only the second time in his career. He went on to finish seventh, equalling the third-best result of his career to date.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
After reaching Q3 for the first time since the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel finished in eighth place, seeing him pick up points for the 16th consecutive season. Jenson Button, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton are the only other drivers to have scored in 16 successive years.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
Along with Lando Norris, Lance Stroll is one of only two drivers who has gained positions in all of the last three races at Imola.
🇹🇭 Alex Albon
Alex Albon recorded his best Imola result to date with 11th place. He finished 15th with Red Bull in 2020.
🇨🇦 Nicholas Latifi
Nicholas Latifi has finished 16th in every Grand Prix he has completed so far this year. Though neither his team-mate Alex Albon nor Esteban Ocon set a competitive lap time, the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the first race of the season at which Latifi did not qualify on the back row of the grid.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
Valtteri Bottas finished in fifth place, recording Alfa Romeo’s best result since both drivers finished in the top five at the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix.
🇨🇳 Zhou Guanyu
Zhou Guanyu finished 15th in the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, marking the first time he has finished outside of the top eleven. He’s the first driver to finish inside the top 15 at all of his first four Grands Prix since Alex Albon in 2019.
🇩🇪 Mick Schumacher
Mick Schumacher started in the top ten for the first time in his Formula 1 career at the 2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. He failed to finish in the points, finishing in 17th – his worst finishing position of the year to date.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen qualified in fourth place for the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, recording the Haas team’s best-ever qualifying result and equalling his own personal best qualifying result. Magnussen went on to finish ninth in the Grand Prix, scoring Haas’ first ever points at the Imola circuit.
After graduating in 2015 with a First Class honours degree in English Language and Literature, Nicky Haldenby, a lifelong fan of Formula 1, founded the Lights Out F1 Blog in 2016. The blog has become a firm fan-favourite, delving deep into the sport’s history books and lifting the cover on unusual F1 statistics.
Nicky also writes at F1Destinations and Motorsport Guides and can be heard as the resident stats man on the 2 Soft Compounds Podcast. His work has appeared on WTF1, BadgerGP, motorsport.com, Sky Sports F1 and BBC Radio 5 Live. Nicky is also the host of the F1 Rewind Podcast.