Mercedes completed the 2022 season with no System 1 constructor championship for the primary time since 2013, nevertheless it’s what they did accomplish which stands out.
Crimson Bull’s 17 victories all through the 22-race 2022 season led them to their first System 1 constructor championship since they received 4 in a row from 2010 to 2013, and it ended Mercedes’ eight-year streak atop the standings. Ferrari additionally completed forward of Mercedes, one thing which hadn’t occurred because the 2012 season.
However regardless of a disappointing 2022 season for the Silver Arrows, it’s what they really did do which illustrates simply how unusual of a 12 months it was.
Towards the mid-point of the season, it appeared as if Sky Sports activities pundits reminiscent of Damon Hill had been predicting Mercedes 1-2 finishes each week, to the purpose the place it was virtually like a operating joke once they’d as soon as once more come nowhere near profitable.
In race 21 of twenty-two, nonetheless, the Brackley-based crew truly pulled it off, with George Russell profitable the Sao Paulo Grand Prix at Interlagos Circuit forward of Lewis Hamilton in second place.
That 1-2 end meant that they completed the 2022 season with extra 1-2 finishes than they did in 2021.
As loopy because it may appear, Mercedes didn’t file a 1-2 end throughout their eighth consecutive constructor championship-winning season in 2021. The truth is, the one crew that did was McLaren. Their 1-2 end within the Italian Grand Prix at Monza was their lone win of the season, they usually completed in fourth place within the constructor standings.
Mercedes received 9 of twenty-two races on the 2021 schedule. However they solely wanted to win one in 2022 to do what they couldn’t do final 12 months.
Mercedes’ 1-2 end in Brazil on Sunday, November 13 was their first 1-2 end in additional than two full years. They hadn’t recorded such a end because the 2020 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, which passed off on Sunday, November 1. Hamilton received that race forward of Valtteri Bottas in second place.
That they had gone 46 races with no 1-2 end. Throughout that span, Crimson Bull secured 5 whereas McLaren and Ferrari every secured one.
As a result of it was Russell who received in Brazil, the 2022 season was Hamilton’s first winless season in his 16-year System 1 profession. A win in 2022 would have given him 16 straight profitable seasons, which might have been an all-time file. He as an alternative nonetheless shares the file of 15 with Michael Schumacher following his worst profession season. He additionally stays tied with Schumacher at seven world titles.