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F1 2022 season guide: GP calendar, next race, title standings, winners and podiums

Verstappen cuts Leclerc’s championship lead to 19 points after win in Miami

Charles Leclerc’s lead in the Formula 1 drivers’ championship has been cut to 19 points after Max Verstappen won the inaugural Miami Grand Prix on 8 May. 

Red Bull driver Verstappen, the reigning world champion, was in “supreme form amid an incredible atmosphere at America’s new street track”, said Matt Morlidge on Sky Sports. He held his nerve to become the first Miami GP winner and has now won all three races he has finished this season. 

The two title rivals were “in a league of their own”, said Andrew Benson on the BBC. Leclerc finished second in the race at Miami Gardens with his Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz in third and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in fourth. 

In his five races this season, Verstappen has either won or failed to finish. He was “elated” to win the Miami GP, but urged his Red Bull team to solve their “issues”.

“We are quick but, as you can see, my Friday was terrible, which was not great if you want to have a good weekend,” he said. “Also I think Checo [Sergio Perez] had a few issues in the race, so we have to be on top of that. We have a lot of potential, but we need to make sure it’s reliable. We just have to nail down a really positive weekend without issues. I think of course in Imola we had that but it’s still a bit of a hit and miss, too much.”

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Next F1 race: Spanish Grand Prix 

The drivers and teams head to Barcelona next for the F1 Spanish Grand Prix from 20-22 May. Taking place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, practice one (1pm) and practice two (4pm) will be on Friday 20 May, followed by practice three (12pm) and qualifying (3pm) on Saturday 21 May. The Spanish GP starts at 2pm on Sunday 22 May. All times BST. 

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F1 2022 standings: after five rounds

Drivers’ championship 

  • 1. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) 104 points
  • 2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) 85
  • 3. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) 66 
  • 4. George Russell (Mercedes) 59 
  • 5. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) 53 
  • 6. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 36 
  • 7. Lando Norris (McLaren) 35 
  • 8. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) 30 
  • 9. Esteban Ocon (Alpine Renault) 24 
  • 10. Kevin Magnussen (Haas) 15 
  • 11. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) 11 
  • 12. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) 10 
  • 13. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) 6 
  • 14. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) 4 
  • 15. Alexander Albon (Williams) 3 
  • 16. Fernando Alonso (Alpine Renault) 2 
  • 17. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) 2 
  • 18. Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) 1 
  • 19. Mick Schumacher (Haas) 0 
  • 20. Nico Hulkenberg (Aston Martin) 0 
  • 21. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) 0

Constructors’ championship 

  • 1. Ferrari 157 points
  • 2. Red Bull Racing 151
  • 3. Mercedes 95
  • 4. McLaren 46
  • 5. Alfa Romeo 31
  • 6. Alpine Renault 26
  • 7. AlphaTauri 16
  • 8. Haas 15
  • 9. Aston Martin 6
  • 10. Williams 3

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The 2022 British Grand Prix takes place at Silverstone on 3 July

The 2022 F1 British Grand Prix takes place at Silverstone on 3 July

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F1 2022 race calendar: GP dates, circuits and podiums 

F1 bosses had previously announced a record 23-race schedule for the 2022 season. However, the Russian Grand Prix has been cancelled and a replacement venue has yet to be confirmed.

The 2022 season started with the Bahrain GP on 20 March and there’s a new addition to calendar, the Miami GP, in May. The British GP takes place on 3 July at Silverstone and the season finishes with the Abu Dhabi GP on 20 November. 

Bahrain Grand Prix 
  • When: 18-20 March 2022
  • Where: Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 
  • Podium: 1st Charles Leclerc (Ferrari); 2nd Carlos Sainz (Ferrari); 3rd Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
Saudi Arabia Grand Prix 
  • When: 25-27 March 2022
  • Where: Jeddah Street Circuit, Jeddah
  • Podium: 1st Max Verstappen (Red Bull); 2nd Charles Leclerc (Ferrari); 3nd Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
Australian Grand Prix 
  • When: 8-10 April 2022
  • Where: Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne
  • Podium: 1st Charles Leclerc (Ferrari); 2nd Sergio Perez (Red Bull); 3rd George Russell (Mercedes)
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix 
  • When: 22-24 April 2022
  • Where: Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy 
  • Podium: 1st Max Verstappen (Red Bull); 2nd Sergio Perez (Red Bull); 3rd Lando Norris (McLaren) 
Miami Grand Prix 
  • When: 6-8 May 2022
  • Where: Miami International Autodrome, Miami
  • Podium: 1st Max Verstappen (Red Bull); 2nd Charles Leclerc (Ferrari); 3nd Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)
Spanish Grand Prix 
  • When: 20-22 May 2022
  • Where: Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
Monaco Grand Prix 
  • When: 27-29 May 2022
  • Where: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Azerbaijan Grand Prix 
  • When: 10-12 June 2022
  • Where: Baku City Circuit, Baku
Canadian Grand Prix 
  • When: 17-19 June 2022 
  • Where: Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
British Grand Prix 
  • When: 1-3 July 2022
  • Where: Silverstone, England
Austrian Grand Prix 
  • When: 8-10 July 2022
  • Where: Red Bull Ring, Spielberg
French Grand Prix 
  • When: 22-24 July 2022
  • Where: Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet
Hungarian Grand Prix 
  • When: 29-31 July 2022
  • Where: Hungaroring, Mogyorod
Belgian Grand Prix 
  • When: 26-28 August 2022
  • Where: Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps
Dutch Grand Prix 
  • When: 2-4 September 2022
  • Where: Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort
Italian Grand Prix 
  • When: 9-11 September 2022
  • Where: Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
Singapore Grand Prix 
  • When: 30 September-2 October 2022
  • Where: Marina Bay, Singapore
Japanese Grand Prix 
  • When: 7-9 October 2022
  • Where: Suzuka Circuit, Ino, Suzuka City
United States Grand Prix 
  • When: 21-23 October 2022
  • Where: Circuit of the Americas, Austin
Mexican Grand Prix 
  • When: 28-30 October 2022
  • Where: Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City
Brazilian Grand Prix 
  • When: 11-13 November 2022
  • Where: Interlagos, São Paulo
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 
  • When: 18-20 November 2022
  • Where: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi

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The teams, drivers and cars 

There may be a “technical revolution on the track”, said Sky Sports, but in terms of the drivers, just five of the grid’s 20 seats changed hands over the winter. 

The “most significant” move is George Russell joining Lewis Hamilton to form an all-British partnership at Mercedes. After being replaced by Russell, Valtteri Bottas has joined Alfa Romeo and he will be partnered by Chinese driver Guanyu Zhou. Alex Albon returns to F1 as Russell’s replacement at Williams. 

Russian driver Nikita Mazepin had his contract terminated by the Haas F1 Team. Kevin Magnussen returns to Haas on a multi-year deal and will partner Mick Schumacher. 

TeamDriverDriverCar
Alfa RomeoValtteri Bottas (No.77)Guanyu Zhou (No.24)C42
AlphaTauriPierre Gasly (No.10)Yuki Tsunoda (No.22)AT03
AlpineFernando Alonso (No.14)Esteban Ocon (No.31)A522
Aston MartinSebastian Vettel (No.5)Lance Stroll (No.18)AMR22
FerrariCharles Leclerc (No.16)Carlos Sainz (No.55)F1-75
HaasMick Schumacher (No.47)Kevin Magnussen (TBC)VF-22
McLarenLando Norris (No.4)Daniel Ricciardo (No.3)MCL36
MercedesLewis Hamilton (No.44)George Russell (No.63)W13
Red BullMax Verstappen (No.1)Sergio Perez (No.11)RB18
WilliamsAlex Albon (No.23)Nicholas Latifi (No.6)FW44

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Max Verstappen won his first F1 world title in 2021

Max Verstappen won his first F1 world title in 2021

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Pre-season predictions: who will win the F1 title?

After the dramatic end to the 2021 season, Max Verstappen went into new campaign as the reigning world champion. Can the Red Bull driver retain his crown? 

Although it’s going to be a “see-saw battle” between Red Bull, Mercedes and Ferrari, Verstappen “will be able to take the initiative and win his second title”, said SportsKeeda’s Charanjot Singh. He is also backing Ferrari to have a better car “that helps the team hold on to the top of the standings and win the constructors”.

Jenson Button, the former world champion, believes the two Mercedes drivers will battle it out for the title. “I have to say Mercedes [are favourites],” Button told Sky Sports. “I think Red Bull were strong last year, but throughout the season Mercedes got closer and closer and they overtook them on outright pace. We all know to beat Mercedes you have to be faster than them as they don’t make mistakes as a team. I think Mercedes and then it’s the fight between Lewis Hamilton and George Russell, which I really cannot wait for. Two Brits in Mercedes cars fighting for a world championship, hopefully.”

GPBlog.com has predicted the entire 2022 Formula 1 World Championship and “it’s worth noting how tough this was”. The site thinks Hamilton will “finally win his eight world title” to move clear of Michael Schumacher’s tally of drivers’ championships. 

According to Oddschecker, as of 21 March, Verstappen is favourite to win the 2022 drivers’ championship ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Hamilton. The bookies have Ferrari as favourites for the constructors’ championship ahead of Red Bull and Mercedes.  

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