Verstappen equals the record for most wins in a year, Haas record their best ever home race result and Vettel reaches 3,500 laps led in Formula 1. Here are the facts and statistics from the 2022 United States Grand Prix!
VERSTAPPEN EQUALS WIN RECORD
Max Verstappen won the 2022 United States Grand Prix, recording his 33rd Grand Prix victory. This was Verstappen’s 13th win of the year, equalling the record of most wins in a single season. The record was already shared between Michael Schumacher (2004) and Sebastian Vettel (2013). This was Verstappen’s seventh win in the last eight races.
Red Bull won for an eighth consecutive race – their second longest winning streak. In total, this was the tenth time that a team has taken eight wins in a row. It’s the first time a team has had such a long winning streak since Mercedes won all ten events between the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix and the 2019 French Grand Prix.
This was Red Bull’s 90th victory. They became only the fifth team to have won 90 Grands Prix.
Verstappen became only the second driver, after Lewis Hamilton, to have won multiple races at Circuit of The Americas.
Verstappen’s win made this the eighth time that a team has finished on the podium at 18 consecutive races. Red Bull are now one short of equalling their own longest podium streak of 19, recorded between the 2010 Brazilian Grand Prix and the 2011 Indian Grand Prix.
RED BULL CROWNED CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONS
Red Bull ended Mercedes’ eight years of dominance, taking their fifth Constructors’ Championship victory. This was the first time they have won the title since 2013.
This was the ninth time that the Constructors’ Championship was decided in the United States. It last happened in 2017, when Mercedes clinched the title. The United States overtakes Japan as the country to have held the second-most Constructors’ Championship deciders.
Circuit of The Americas became the eighth circuit at which the Constructors’ Championship has been decided on three or more occasions. Red Bull previously sealed the title here in 2012, while Mercedes claimed the honours at COTA in 2017.
ON THE PODIUM
Lewis Hamilton equalled his best result of the 2022 season, finishing as runner-up. This was the third time he has finished second this year, after the French and Hungarian Grands Prix.
With Verstappen first and Hamilton second, this was the 32nd race in which the duo have recorded a 1-2 finish. They overtake Hamilton and Rosberg as the driver pairing to have recorded the most 1-2 finishes in Formula 1.
Hamilton became the first driver to record ten podium finishes at the United States Grand Prix and remains the only driver to have completed every lap ever raced at Circuit of The Americas since the track joined the calendar in 2012.
Hamilton crossed the finish line for the 278th time, equalling Kimi Raikkonen for second in the all-time list of most races at which a driver has crossed the finish line.
This was the third consecutive United States Grand Prix in which Hamilton has finished as runner-up.
Hamilton’s second place finish made this the first time that the driver starting third has finished in the top two at COTA since 2013. It was
Charles Leclerc finished in third place, recording his fifth consecutive podium finish. This is the longest podium streak of Leclerc’s career to date.
This was Leclerc’s first podium finish at the United States Grand Prix. He became the 12th different driver to finish on the podium at COTA.
In total, this was Leclerc’s 23rd podium finish. He equals James Hunt, Michele Alboreto and Jacques Villeneuve for 46th in the all-time podium list.
Leclerc finished on the podium from 12th on the grid. This was the first podium finish recorded from 12th on the grid in over ten years, since Sergio Perez finished as runner-up at the 2012 Italian Grand Prix.
IN THE POINTS
Sergio Perez crossed the finish line for the 200th time in his career, finishing in fourth place. He became the eighth driver to have finished 200 races during their F1 career.
George Russell returned to the top five for the first time since his podium finish at the Italian Grand Prix.
Finishing sixth, this was the fifth consecutive race in which Lando Norris scored. It becomes his longest points-scoring streak of the 2022 season. This was Norris’ best result at COTA to date.
Sebastian Vettel finished in the top eight for the third consecutive race, with a last lap overtake on Kevin Magnussen seeing him come home seventh. This is the first time Vettel has finished in the top eight at three consecutive races since the 2019 German, Hungarian and Belgian Grands Prix.
Vettel led two laps of the United States Grand Prix, making this the first race which he has led since the 2021 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Vettel’s two laps led takes his total of laps led to 3,501. Vettel becomes only the third driver – after Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher – to have led 3,500 laps in Formula 1.
With eighth place, Kevin Magnussen scored for the first time since the French Grand Prix. It was also the first time he has scored at the United States Grand Prix since his maiden season in 2014, when he also finished eighth.
Magnussen recorded the Haas team’s best ever result at home. This was the first time that the team scored at the United States Grand Prix since Romain Grosjean finished tenth in 2016.
Yuki Tsunoda finished in ninth place, scoring his first points since the Spanish Grand Prix. This was Tsunoda’s fourth points-scoring race of the 2022 season.
Tsunoda gained ten positions from where he started at the United States Grand Prix. This is only the second time that he has gained so many positions in a race. He also made up ten places in the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Tsunoda’s ninth place made this the seventh time in the last eleven races that the driver starting 19th has scored points.
The 2022 United States Grand Prix was the 275th consecutive race in which a Mercedes-powered scored. The 2008 Japanese Grand Prix remains the last race in which no Mercedes-powered cars pocked up a point.
THE OTHER FINISHERS
Zhou Guanyu’s 11th place finish made this the third consecutive United States Grand Prix in which an Alfa Romeo driver has finished in 11th place.
Alex Albon finished in 12th place, losing his 100% points-scoring streak at Circuit of The Americas. Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton remained in the group. Bruno Senna is the only other driver to have scored on every appearance at COTA.
Finishing in 13th, Pierre Gasly made this his fourth visit to COTA on which he has failed to score at the circuit.
Fernando Alonso had finished seventh on track, but a post race time penalty dropped him well out of the points. This was the first time that Alonso has finished a race without picking up a point since the Miami Grand Prix.
This was the first time since 2016 that Alonso has crossed the finish line at the United States Grand Prix.
Polesitter Carlos Sainz was the first driver to retire from the 2022 United States Grand Prix. This was the first time that Sainz has failed to score at the United States Grand Prix.
Sainz’s retirement made the 2022 United States Grand Prix the first race at Circuit of The Americas in which the driver who started from pole failed to finish on the podium.
Sainz became the first Ferrari driver to record six retirements in a single season since Michael Schumacher in 2005.
With Sainz pulling into the pits at the end of Lap 1, this was the first race in which the polesitter did not cross the line at the end of Lap 1 in first or second since the 2021 Sao Paulo Grand Prix.
This was Sainz’s sixth retirement of the 2022 season. This was the second time this year that he has recorded retirements in consecutive races.
Lance Stroll failed to finish the United States Grand Prix after colliding with Fernando Alonso. This was the first time that Stroll has failed to cross the finish line. It was his third retirement of the 2022 season.
Valtteri Bottas recorded his sixth retirement of the year. This was the first time he’s failed to reach the finish line at the United States Grand Prix since 2015.
The incidents involving Lance Stroll and Valtteri Bottas both brought out the Safety Car. This was the first time since 2015 that the Safety Car was deployed at Circuit of The Americas.