Michael Schumacher report stays alive

For the second 12 months in a row, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit stored an all-time Michael Schumacher System 1 report alive.

Getting into the 2022 System 1 season, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton had simply been denied what would have been a record-breaking eighth championship in final 12 months’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit, having been handed by eventual champion Max Verstappen following a restart with one lap remaining.

However Hamilton, nonetheless degree with Michael Schumacher at seven titles, had an opportunity to interrupt one other one in every of Schumacher’s information in 2022, whether or not he received an eighth title or not.

In every of his first 15 seasons in System 1, Hamilton received at the very least one race. Schumacher received at the very least one race in every of his first 15 full seasons within the sport as effectively, and by no means had any driver in System 1 historical past managed to win a race in 16 consecutive seasons.

However Hamilton went winless for the primary time within the 2022 season.

The Mercedes driver scored a greatest end of second place on 5 events all through the 22-race season, and he completed in a career-worst sixth within the driver standings in what was the Silver Arrows’ first season with out successful the constructor championship since 2013.

5 drivers received at the very least one race within the 2022 season, together with first-time winners Carlos Sainz Jr. of Ferrari and George Russell of Mercedes. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc additionally received for the primary time since 2019 and completed the 12 months with a career-high three wins.

Getting into the 2023 season, simply two drivers have received races in consecutive seasons. Verstappen has received at the very least one race in every of the final seven seasons, whereas Purple Bull teammate Sergio Perez has received at the very least one race in every of the final three. Verstappen received a report 15 races in 2022, whereas Perez received a career-high two.

Schumacher initially retired on the finish of his fifteenth consecutive successful season in 2006. He returned for 3 extra seasons from 2010 to 2012 however by no means received one other race.

The Bahrain Grand Prix is scheduled to get the 2023 System 1 season underway on Sunday, March 5. The season is about to include a report 24 races and final for a report 266 days (38 weeks).