Perez becomes the most successful Mexican F1 driver, Hamilton passes Schumacher in the laps raced list and Vettel’s top five streak in Monaco comes to an end. Here’s a statistic from each driver’s 2022 Monaco Grand Prix weekend!
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen finished on the final step of the podium at the Monaco Grand Prix, making this the first time he has finished a race in a position other than first or second since the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix, 15 finishes ago. Verstappen recorded his 65th podium finish with Red Bull, equalling Sebastian Vettel’s tally of podium finishes with the team. He also equals Vettel for third in the all-time list of most top three finishes with a single team.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez won the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix becoming the 36th different driver to win the Monaco Grand Prix in its World Championship history. With his first victory since the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix and his third win in total, Perez became the most successful Mexican driver in F1, overtaking Pedro Rodriguez’s tally of wins. This was the first time a Mexican driver has won the Monaco Grand Prix. It made Mexico the 17th different nation to have a driver win in the principality. With 25 points for his win, Perez became the 13th driver to have scored 1,000 points in his Formula 1 career.
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
With eighth place, Lewis Hamilton recorded his worst Monaco Grand Prix result since finishing 12th in 2009. On Lap 42 of the Monaco Grand Prix, Hamilton passed Michael Schumacher for third place in the all-time list of most laps raced in Formula 1. Hamilton became the first driver to record 14 top ten finishes in Monaco as well as the first driver to reach the chequered flag at the track on 15 occasions.
🇬🇧 George Russell
George Russell reached Q3 at the Monaco Grand Prix for the first time. He went on to finish in fifth place, remaining the only driver to have finished in the top five at every race this season as well as the only driver to complete every racing lap.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
For the second year in a row, Charles Leclerc secured pole position for his home Grand Prix. He became the eleventh driver to take pole at the Monaco Grand Prix in successive seasons. Leclerc took the 14th pole position of his career, equalling the career tally of Alberto Ascari, James Hunt, Ronnie Peterson, Rubens Barrichello and Max Verstappen. With Leclerc equalling Ascari’s pole tally, Michael Schumacher, Niki Lauda and Felipe Massa are now the only drivers to have taken more pole positions with Ferrari.
On his fourth attempt, Charles Leclerc finally finished his home race for the first time. He became the first Monegasque driver to finish their home race since Olivier Beretta in 1994 and, with fourth place, became the first Monegasque driver to score points at their home race since Louis Chiron in 1950.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Carlos Sainz equalled the best result of his career with second place. This was the fourth time Sainz has finished as runner-up. He equals Romain Grosjean for fourth in the list of most F1 podiums without taking a victory.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
Daniel Ricciardo failed to score for a second consecutive Monaco Grand Prix. 13th is his worst result at a race in Monaco in which he has reached the finish line.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
With fifth place, Lando Norris equalled his best Monaco Grand Prix qualifying result. Norris remains the only McLaren driver to qualify in the top five at the Monaco Grand Prix since 2013. In the race, Norris finished in sixth place and recorded the fastest lap for the fourth time in his career. He last recorded the fastest lap at the 2021 Russian Grand Prix.
🇪🇸 Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso recorded his best result of the season so far with seventh place. It was his best result since his podium finish at the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix. He surpassed Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have scored in the third-most Formula 1 races. In the race, Alonso broke Graham Hill’s 55 year-old-record as the driver to have raced the most laps at the Monaco Grand Prix. Alonso is only the sixth driver to hold the record in F1 history. This was the first time Alonso has scored points at the Monaco Grand Prix since 2016.
🇫🇷 Esteban Ocon
Finishing in 12th place following a five-second time penalty, Esteban Ocon failed to score for only the second time this season.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly qualified only 17th for the Monaco Grand Prix. This was the first time he failed to reach Q3 at the Monaco Grand Prix. It was his worst qualifying position since his Red Bull debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix, where he also qualified 17th.
🇯🇵 Yuki Tsunoda
With Yuki Tsunoda out in Q2 and Pierre Gasly eliminated in Q1, this was the first time that neither of the Red Bull junior team’s cars reached Q3 at the Monaco Grand Prix since 2012. Meanwhile, with both drivers finishing outside of the points, this was the first time that the Red Bull junior team has failed to score at the Monaco Grand Prix since 2012.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel reached Q3 at the Monaco Grand Prix for a thirteenth consecutive appearance at the track. With ninth place, he equalled his best qualifying result of the season so far. Vettel finished tenth, marking the first time he has finished lower than fifth when he has reached chequered flag at the Monaco Grand Prix.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
Lance Stroll was eliminated in Q1 for the fourth time in his five Monaco Grand Prix appearances. It was also the fourth time he has qualified 18th at the circuit.
🇹🇭 Alex Albon
Alex Albon was the third and final driver to retire from the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix. He recorded Williams’ first non finish in Monaco since 2014. Of the 12 rain affected races, Albon made this the 11th to have resulted in a retirement for the driver starting 16th on the grid.
🇨🇦 Nicholas Latifi
With Nicholas Latifi finishing 15th, this was Williams’ worst combined Monaco Grand Prix result since their double DNF in 2010.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
Qualifying in 12th place, Valtteri Bottas failed to reach Q3 for only the second time in the last 108 races. It has now been over seven years since Bottas’ last Q1 exit, which occurred at the 2015 Monaco Grand Prix. This was the first time Bottas failed to reach Q3 in Monaco since 2016. The Finn finished in ninth place, becoming the first driver to score multiple points for the former Sauber team in Monaco since Felipe Nasr finished ninth in 2015.
🇨🇳 Zhou Guanyu
Zhou Guanyu recorded Alfa Romeo’s second Q2 exit of the season and the first back row qualification of his career. It was the first time since 2018 that the team has seen a car eliminated in Q1 at the Monaco Grand Prix.
🇩🇪 Mick Schumacher
Both Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher failed to finish the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, making Haas the third team to record a double DNF this year. It was the team’s first double DNF since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Before 2022, Haas had never previously recorded a retirement at the Monaco Grand Prix.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
Having been eliminated in Q1 or reached Q3 at every race of the year until the Monaco Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen recorded his first Q2 exit since the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix.
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.
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