A win in Brazil was the highlight of George Russell’s successful first season at Mercedes. Here’s Russell’s 2022 F1 season in statistics.
|% of teams’ points scored:||53%|
|Points Scoring Grands Prix:||20|
|Best finish:||1st (Sao Paulo)|
|Number of starts:||22|
|Number of non-finishes:||1|
|Number of finishes:||21|
|% of Laps Complete:||95.83%|
|Laps Raced in the Top 10:||1143|
|Laps Raced in the Top 5:||939|
|Laps Raced in the Top 3:||389|
|Races gained positions in:||14|
|Races lost positions in:||4|
|Finished where started:||3|
|Best Qualifying Position:||1st (Hungary)|
|Worst Qualifying Position:||12th (Miami)|
|Average Qualifying Position:||6.36|
|Average Grid Position:||6.36|
|Beat team-mate in how many qualifying sectors:||32|
|Beaten by team-mate in how many qualifying sectors:||33|
|Average gap to team-mate per sector in qualifying:||-0.016s|
Note: for qualifying sector battles, outlier results from wet qualifying sessions have been removed for a more fair comparison. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell set identical fastest sector times in Sector 2 at the French Grand Prix.
GEORGE RUSSELL 2022 F1 SEASON SUMMARY
|Qualifying battle||Quali||Sprint||Grid||Race||Pos change|
RACE BY RACE: GEORGE RUSSELL’S 2022 F1 SEASON IN STATISTICS
2022 Bahrain Grand Prix
George Russell finished in fourth place, meaning that Fernando Alonso remains Lewis Hamilton’s only team-mate to finish ahead of him in their first race at the same team. Russell finished 1.536 seconds behind Hamilton – 0.261 seconds further behind than Valtteri Bottas finished in his first race as Hamilton’s team-mate.
2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
Finishing in fifth place, George Russell recorded consecutive top five finishes for the first time in his career. This was also the third time that he has scored at consecutive races.
2022 Australian Grand Prix
George Russell recorded his first podium finish with Mercedes, becoming the tenth driver to finish on the podium with the team. Russell became the first driver starting sixth at the Australian Grand Prix to finish the race since Felipe Massa in 2016. He recorded the first podium result for the grid slot at the circuit since 2012.
2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
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.
2022 Miami Grand Prix
George Russell failed to reach Q3 for the second race in a row but made up seven positions in the race to finish fifth. He remains the only driver to finish in the top five at every race in the 2022 season so far. Russell last gained as many as seven places in a race at the 2020 Tuscan Grand Prix.
2022 Spanish Grand Prix
After recording his best qualifying result of the year to date with fourth place, George Russell recorded his second podium finish of the 2022 season, finishing third. This was the first time Russell has scored points at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Russell led four laps of the race, marking the first time he has led a race since deputising for Lewis Hamilton at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. With Charles Leclerc retiring from the Spanish Grand Prix, George Russell is now the only driver to have completed every racing lap in 2022.
2022 Monaco Grand Prix
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.
2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
With George Russell finishing third, Mercedes extended their record of most podium finishes in Azerbaijan. Russell’s third place was Mercedes’ sixth top three finish at the track. Russell is the first driver to finish on the podium at Baku City Circuit having started from fifth on the grid.
2022 Canadian Grand Prix
George Russell finished in fourth place, recording a ninth consecutive top five finish. This was the first time he has scored points at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
2022 British Grand Prix
George Russell qualified in eighth place for the British Grand Prix, which is one position better than where he qualified here with Williams in 2021. This was the first time Russell failed to out-qualify his team-mate at Silverstone. Russell became the first Mercedes driver to qualify outside the top six at Silverstone since Nico Rosberg qualified 13th in 2012.
Russell was eliminated on the first lap, this being the first time he was out on the opening lap during his F1 career. This was Russell’s first DNF of the 2022 season. Russell became the first Mercedes driver to retire from the British Grand Prix since Nico Rosberg in 2014.
2022 Austrian Grand Prix
Despite crashing out in Q3, George Russell equalled his second-best qualifying result of the year so far on Friday with fifth place. He moved up to fourth as a result of the Sprint on Saturday, equalling his best qualifying result of the year.
Russell scored points at the Red Bull Ring for the first time in his career, coming home in fourth place. This was the fifth consecutive race at the Red Bull Ring in which both Mercedes drivers finished in the top four.
2022 French Grand Prix
With third place, George Russell recorded his fourth podium – and fourth third place finish – of the season. Russell has finished in the top five at every race he has finished so far this year. Russell is the 31st different driver to finish on the podium at Circuit Paul Ricard.
2022 Hungarian Grand Prix
George Russell became the 105th polesitter in World Championship history as he secured pole for the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix. Russell became the 16th different driver to take pole at the Hungaroring. He is the third driver to take his maiden pole at the Hungarian Grand Prix, after Thierry Boutsen in 1990 and Max Verstappen in 2019.
Russell’s pole saw Britain equal its own record for most consecutive seasons in which a nation has taken pole (19). British drivers last took pole in 19 consecutive seasons between 1955 and 1973!
With third place in the race, Russell recorded consecutive podium finishes for the first time in his career. Polesitter Russell lost two positions from where he started, making this the first race in which he has lost places since the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix.
After leading 24 laps of the race, Russell rose to third in the list of most laps led without a win. He has led 87 laps in total, behind Chris Amon (183) and Jean Behra (107) on the list.
2022 Belgian Grand Prix
George Russell finished fourth at the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix. Spa became the third circuit, after Bahrain International Circuit and the Hungaroring at which Russell has scored on multiple occasions.
2022 Dutch Grand Prix
Finishing as runner-up, George Russell equalled the best result of his career to date. This was the first time that Russell has raced to second place. He last finished as runner-up at the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix, in which no racing action took place.
2022 Italian Grand Prix
George Russell became the 97th different driver to finish on the podium at Monza and the 13th current driver to record a top three result at the venue. With Russell, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris all scoring points at the Italian Grand Prix, it was the 88th consecutive race at which a British driver has scored. The 2018 Austrian Grand Prix was the last race in which no British drivers picked up a point. It equals the third longest consecutive scoring streak for a country in Formula 1.
2022 Singapore Grand Prix
For the first time since the Miami Grand Prix, George Russell failed to reach the final part of qualifying. Finishing only 14th, this was only the second race of the season at which Russell failed to score and his first point-less race since the British Grand Prix. Russell’s 14th place marked the first time that a Mercedes driver failed to score at the Singapore Grand Prix since 2015.
2022 Japanese Grand Prix
George Russell finished the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix in eighth place. This was the first time Russell has finished two consecutive races outside of the top five during his time at the Mercedes team.
2022 United States Grand Prix
With fifth place at the United States Grand Prix, George Russell returned to the top five for the first time since his podium finish at the Italian Grand Prix.
2022 Mexico City Grand Prix
George Russell qualified second and lined up on the front row of the grid for the fifth time in his career. This was the first time Russell out-qualified team-mate Lewis Hamilton since he took pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Russell became the first driver since Riccardo Patrese in 1990 to start second in Mexico and fail to finish on the podium. Fourth place marked Russell’s best result since his podium at the Italian Grand Prix. Having led five laps in Mexico, Russell has now led 92 laps in his career without winning a race. He’s now 16 laps short of equalling Jean Behra for second in the list of most laps led without taking victory.
2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix
George Russell became a Grand Prix winner at the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, recording the first victory of his F1 career. Russell is the fourth driver to have taken his maiden Grand Prix victory at Interlagos, after Carlos Pace in 1975, Rene Arnoux in 1980 and Giancarlo Fisichella in 2003. Prior to the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Russell had never previously scored at Interlagos.
With this being the first time a British driver has won since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix was the first time that God Save The King was played on the Formula 1 podium. Russell became the 20th British driver to win a round of the World Championship.
On his way to victory, Russell set the fastest lap of the race. This is the third consecutive Grand Prix in which Russell set the fastest lap, making it the 33rd occasion that a driver has taken three fastest laps in a row. Russell’s fastest lap marked the 100th time that Mercedes have set the fastest lap in a Grand Prix. They are the fourth team to reach the milestone.
2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
George Russell qualified sixth, making it out of Q1 for the first time at Yas Marina Circuit. Russell finished fifth in the final race of the year. It ensured that he became only the third team-mate of Lewis Hamilton to out-score him over the course of a season. Jenson Button out-scored Hamilton by 43 points in 2011, Nico Rosberg out-scored Hamilton by five points in 2016 and Russell out-scored Hamilton by 35 points in 2022. Fifth place at Yas Marina marked Russell’s 19th top five finish of the 2022 season. This was the first time Russell has scored at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Every time he has finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Russell has gained one position from where he has started.
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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