Sebastian Vettel’s 2022 F1 season in statistics

Sebastian Vettel closed the curtain on an illustrious Formula 1 career in the 2022 season with a number of standout performances in relatively uncompetitive machinery. Here’s Vettel’s 2022 F1 season in statistics.

RACE STATISTICS

Championship Position:12th
Total Points:37
% of teams’ points scored:67%
Points Scoring Grands Prix:10
Best finish:6th (Azerbaijan, Japan)
Number of starts:20
Number of non-finishes:3
Number of finishes:17
Laps Led:2
Laps Complete:1101
% of Laps Complete:85.09%
Distance Covered:5423km
Laps Raced in the Top 10:459
Laps Raced in the Top 5:50
Laps Raced in the Top 3:8
Races gained positions in:14
Races lost positions in:3
Finished where started:0

QUALIFYING STATISTICS

Q3 Appearances:5
Q2 Exits:5
Q1 Exits:10
Best Qualifying Position:9th (x5)
Worst Qualifying Position:20th (Austria Q123)
Average Qualifying Position:14.30
Average Grid Position:13.60
Beat team-mate in how many qualifying sectors:37
Beaten by team-mate in how many qualifying sectors:20
Average gap to team-mate per sector in qualifying:-0.085s

SEBASTIAN VETTEL 2022 F1 SEASON SUMMARY

  Qualifying battle Quali Sprint Grid Race Pos change
BAHRAIN
SAUDI ARABIA
AUSTRALIA WON 18 17 DNF
EMILIA ROMAGNA WON 9 13 13 8 5
MIAMI LOST 13 PIT DNF
SPAIN WON 16 16 11 5
MONACO WON 9 9 10 -1
AZERBAIJAN WON 9 9 6 3
CANADA WON 17 16 12 4
BRITAIN WON 18 18 9 9
AUSTRIA LOST 20 DNF 18 17 1
FRANCE WON 14 12 11 1
HUNGARY LOST 18 18 10 8
BELGIUM LOST 16 10 8 2
NETHERLANDS LOST 19 19 14 5
ITALY WON 17 11 DNF
SINGAPORE LOST 14 13 8 5
JAPAN WON 9 9 6 3
UNITED STATES LOST 12 10 8 2
MEXICO WON 17 16 14 2
BRAZIL WON 13 9 9 11 -2
ABU DHABI WON 9 9 10 -1
Sebastian Vettel at the 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Image © Andrew Balfour.
Image © Andrew Balfour

RACE BY RACE: SEBASTIAN VETTEL’S 2022 F1 SEASON IN STATISTICS

2022 Bahrain Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel did not appear at the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix after testing positive for coronavirus. This was the first race weekend at which Vettel did not compete since the 2007 European Grand Prix and the first race which he did not start since the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix.

2022 Australian Grand Prix

For the first time since 2014, Sebastian Vettel failed to reach Q3 at the Australian Grand Prix. Vettel became the second driver to retire from the race after a scrape with the barriers. This was Vettel’s first retirement at the Australian Grand Prix since 2010.

2022 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix

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.

2022 Miami Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel failed to finish the Miami Grand Prix following a collision with Mick Schumacher. It was Vettel’s second retirement in the last three races.

2022 Spanish Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel recorded his first Q1 exit at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya since 2008.

2022 Monaco Grand Prix

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.

2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel recorded both his best qualifying and best race result of the year so far. After qualifying ninth, Vettel finished sixth. It was his best result since finishing fifth at the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix. Vettel remains the only driver to have scored in every race held at Baku City Circuit, with sixth place being his worst result here to date. Along with Lewis Hamilton, he is one of only two drivers to complete all 306 racing laps held so far at Baku City Circuit.

2022 Canadian Grand Prix

For the first time in 12 visits to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Sebastian Vettel failed to score a point. His 12th place was the first time he has not finished in the top eight at the track and the first time since 2008 that he has not finished in the top five. On Saturday, Vettel was out in Q1, failing to reach Q2 at the Canadian Grand Prix for the first time since 2015.

2022 British Grand Prix

Finishing in ninth place, Sebastian Vettel became the first driver to score points having started 18th on the grid at Silverstone since Jaime Alguersuari in 2011. Celebrating his 35th birthday on the day of the race, Vettel became the first driver to score points on his birthday since Max Verstappen at the 2018 Russian Grand Prix. He became the first to score points on his 35th birthday since Derek Warwick at the 1989 Belgian Grand Prix.

On Saturday, Vettel recorded his worst-ever Silverstone qualifying result. It was only the second time, after the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix in 2020, that Vettel has not reached Q3 at the track.

2022 Austrian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel recorded his first Q1 exit at the Red Bull Ring. With his fastest lap time deleted for exceeding track limits, this was the first time Vettel has set the slowest time in qualifying since the 2019 German Grand Prix. This is the first time in his career that Vettel recorded Q1 exits at three consecutive races.

In the race, Vettel finished in 17th place for the third time in his career. He also finished 17th in last year’s Austrian Grand Prix and the 2008 Turkish Grand Prix.

2022 French Grand Prix

Finishing in 11th place, just behind his team-mate, Sebastian Vettel failed to score at the French Grand Prix for the first time since its return to the calendar.

2022 Hungarian Grand Prix

In the first race weekend since announcing his retirement, Sebastian Vettel failed to reach Q3 at the Hungarian Grand Prix or the first time since 2008. This was Vettel’s second Q1 elimination at the Hungaroring, his first since 2007. Vettel picked up a point with a tenth place finish. On his final Hungarian Grand Prix appearance, he became the seventh driver to have raced 1,000 laps at the Hungaroring.

2022 Belgian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel missed out on reaching Q2 by just 0.002 seconds. He recorded his first Q1 exit at the Belgian Grand Prix since 2007. On Sunday, it was a history-making afternoon for Vettel, who recorded his second-best result of the season to date with eighth place. During the race, Vettel overtook Michael Schumacher as the driver to have completed the most racing laps at Spa. Vettel’s tally of laps complete here now stands at 622. He also equalled Schumacher as the driver to have scored on the most occasions at the venue. This was Vettel’s 12th points-scoring Belgian Grand Prix.

2022 Dutch Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel qualified on the back row for the second time in the last five races. Prior to the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix, Vettel had qualified on the back row twice in his previous 117 qualifying appearances. Vettel is the only driver to record a Q1 exit at both the 2021 and 2022 Dutch Grands Prix. On Sunday, Vettel became the first driver to finish the Dutch Grand Prix having started 19th on the grid since Hans-Joachim Stuck in 1977.

2022 Italian Grand Prix

After being eliminated in Q1 at Monza for only the second time in his career, Sebastian Vettel was the first driver to retire from the 2022 Italian Grand Prix. He recorded his first non-finish since the Miami Grand Prix. This was his third retirement of the year and his third at the Monza circuit.

2022 Singapore Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel recorded his fourth top eight finish of the season with eighth place. This was the third time he’s finished eighth in 2022. It was only the second time that Vettel has not finished in the top five at the Singapore Grand Prix, after his retirement in 2017. On Saturday, Vettel missed out on Q3 at the Singapore Grand Prix for only the second time in his career. His Q1 elimination in 2016 is his only worst qualifying result at the venue.

2022 Japanese Grand Prix

It was a stellar Suzuka weekend for Sebastian Vettel, who maintained his 100% Q3 record at Suzuka, recording his fourth Q3 appearance of the 2022 season – his first since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. With ninth place, Vettel equalled his best qualifying result of the season to date. It was the fourth time he qualified ninth this year.

Despite spinning on the opening lap, Vettel equalled his best result of the season with sixth place. He fended off Fernando Alonso to finish ahead of the Spaniard by just 0.011 seconds. Vettel kept his record of having never finished outside of the top six on any of the 11 occasions on which he has crossed the finish line at Suzuka.

2022 United States Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel finished in the top eight for the third consecutive race, with a last lap overtake on Kevin Magnussen seeing him come home eighth. This was the first time Vettel 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.

2022 Mexico City Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel recorded his first Q1 exit since the Italian Grand Prix and finished the race in a lowly 14th place, ending a streak of three consecutive top eight finishes. This was the first time Vettel failed to score in Mexico since his 2015 retirement.

2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix

With 13th place, Sebastian Vettel qualified outside of the top ten at Interlagos for only the second time since the 2009 Brazilian Grand Prix, where he qualified 16th. However, he made up positions in the Sprint, making this the 12th consecutive Interlagos race at which he has started in the top ten

For the second year in a row, Vettel narrowly missed out on points in Sao Paulo. This was the second Interlagos race in a row in which he finished 11th. Vettel became the sixth driver to have completed 1,000 Grand Prix laps at Interlagos. He did so one lap after Lewis Hamilton became the fifth driver to reach the same milestone.

2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

4-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel brought his illustrious Formula 1 career to an end at the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, starting his 299th and final Grand Prix. For the 228th and final time in his career, Vettel reached Q3. This was Vettel’s fifth Q3 appearance of the season and his first Q3 appearance at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since 2019.

In his final Grand Prix, Vettel picked up points for the 219th time. He equalled Kimi Raikkonen for fourth in the all-time list of most races in which a driver has scored. This was Vettel’s tenth points-scoring race of the 2022 season. Vettel crossed the finish line at Yas Marina Circuit for the 13th time, setting a new record for the most occasions on which a driver has finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He equalled Lewis Hamilton as the driver to have scored on the most occasions at the circuit and became the first driver to have raced 700 Grand Prix laps at the venue. This was the first time Vettel scored at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix since 2019.

Vettel was voted Driver of the Day for the 23rd time. It was the third time he was awarded the accolade in 2022.

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