2022 Formula 1 Drivers

2022 Formula 1 Drivers

Welcome to the 3rd segment of F1ntastic.com’s Guide To Formula 1! This segment is all about the 2022 Formula 1 Drivers. On this page, we will explain which teams have which drivers in 2022. So let’s begin with a short introduction.

In Formula 1, there are 20 drivers who take part in a race. Usually, these 20 drivers are the only drivers to take part in the Formula 1 World Championship. This page has some stats and basic information about each of the 20 drivers entering the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship. When you know this information, you can understand what each driver is achieving in Formula 1, and how that plays out with their past career in F1, and their future career in F1.

In Formula 1, each driver has a racing number. Since 2014, this number has become a permanent number for the entirety of the driver’s career. However, the reigning Drivers’ World Champion has a choice between the Number 1 or the driver number they chose. In our case, the reigning World Champion is Max Verstappen. He has chosen to take the Number 1 after winning the Championship in 2021. I wrote the driver numbers for each of the following drivers in this format: #(Number) – Driver Name – Team. Let’s take a look at the 2022 Formula 1 Drivers.

#1 – Max Verstappen – Red Bull

Max Verstappen Cover Image 2022 - 2022 Formula 1 Drivers
2022 Formula 1 Drivers: Max Verstappen
TeamRed Bull Racing
Country (Nationality)Netherlands
Podiums60
Total F1 Career Points1557.5
Grands Prix Entered141
World Championships1
Highest Race Finish1st (20 times)
Highest Grid Position1st (13 times)
Date Of Birth30th September 1997
Place of BirthHasselt, Belgium

On the 30th of September 1997, a star was born. Over 24 years later, in a shocking blockbuster ending to the season, Max Emilian Verstappen became an F1 World Champion and won the 2021 WDC. He’s now the reigning champion and, as of now, the fastest of the 2022 Formula 1 Drivers. Verstappen was born on 30 September 1997, in Hasselt, Belgium. His father, Jos Verstappen, is a Dutch former Formula 1 driver, and his Belgian mother, Sophie Kumpen, had raced in karting. Even though Max was born and grew up in Belgium, he feels more Dutch and races as a Dutch driver. He began his Formula 1 career in 2015 at the young age of 17, which isn’t even allowed anymore. He got his FIA Super License before he even got a regular drivers’ license!

In 2015, he made a giant leap from racing in European F3 to racing in Formula 1. It was SHOCKING, but Max Verstappen and Red Bull proved that Red Bull knew what they were doing. He kept getting better and better. He became the youngest F1 winner, the youngest podium finisher. Since it took Red Bull until 2021 to make a car that was competitive enough, Verstappen couldn’t become the youngest World Champion. But he is the 4th youngest Champion since he won the championship at the age of 24 years and 73 days. This year, he’ll take on the #1 as his driver number, since the reigning Drivers’ World Champion can choose to do so. In 2022, Red Bull are going to try and achieve a 5th Constructors’ Title, since Mercedes beat them to it last year.

#44 – Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton - 2022 Formula 1 Drivers
2022 Formula 1 Drivers: Lewis Hamilton
TeamMercedes
Country (Nationality)United Kingdom
Podiums182
Total F1 Career Points4165.5
Grands Prix Entered288
World Championships7
Highest Race Finish1st (103 times)
Highest Grid Position1st (103 times)
Date Of Birth7th January 1985
Place of BirthStevenage, England

Lewis Hamilton is one of the greatest drivers in F1 history. He was born on the 7th of January 1985 and made his F1 debut in 2007. Until 2021, Lewis Hamilton was the King of the Formula 1 drivers. He was the reigning champion, and although the young hotshot Max Verstappen beat him, that doesn’t take away from the 7 championships Lewis has already won. While there are still rumours of Hamilton retiring from Formula 1, we’re very close to the car reveal and the season opener, meaning it’s much more unlikely that Hamilton is going to retire. He’s had an incredibly successful career in Formula 1, and he’s still got the talent and the skills and the calibre that he had before. He proved that with outstanding performances in 2021, since he and Verstappen pushed each other to new levels.

In 2020, Lewis Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s 7-time World Champion record. In 2021, he was looking to win that 8th title and beat Schumacher’s record. But the loss of the Championship and the way he lost the championship in that controversial ending hit him hard. In 2022, if he does race and continues his illustrious journey in F1, he’ll be aiming to beat Verstappen and clinch that 8th title. I have faith that Hamilton will bounce back and put up an even stronger fight this year.

#11 – Sergio Perez – Red Bull

2022 Formula 1 Drivers: Sergio Perez
TeamRed Bull Racing
Country (Nationality)Mexico
Podiums15
Total F1 Career Points896
Grands Prix Entered214
Highest Race Finish1st (2 times)
Highest Grid Position2nd
Date Of Birth26th January 1990
Place of BirthGuadalajara, Mexico

Sergio Pérez Mendoza, mainly known as Sergio Perez or Checo Perez, was born on January 26, 1990. He was born in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. For him, it wasn’t an easy journey to the pinnacle of motorsport. Being from Mexico, it was very difficult to get to such a European-based sport. But the Mexican telecommunications company Telmex wanted to sponsor Mexican racing drivers. Now, Checo Perez is already a veteran in Formula 1 and has established himself as one of the most talented of the 2022 Formula 1 Drivers

He’s pulled off some great drives, but recently, he’s been on another level. In 2020, he achieved his first race win in F1. After Charles Leclerc collided with him at Turn 4 on the first lap, Perez was dead last. But against all the odds, he finished the race on the top spot of the podium. Checo Perez came through to win the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. It was incredible, unbelievable, and a true testimony to Sergio Perez’s true talent. Which is why he earned a seat at Red Bull Racing for 2021.

At Red Bull, he proved to be a fantastic teammate to Verstappen and a great driver for Red Bull. He not only scored podiums and won a race, but he provided vital support to Verstappen, who was fighting for the championship., That’s exactly what Verstappen needed. Now, in 2022, Checo will be hoping to fight for podiums and wins more often in his 2nd year with Red Bull Racing.

#63 – George Russell – Mercedes

TeamMercedes
Country (Nationality)United Kingdom
Podiums1
Total F1 Career Points19
Grands Prix Entered60
Highest Race Finish2nd (1 time)
Highest Grid Position2nd
Date Of Birth15th February 1998
Place of BirthKing’s Lynn, England

George William Russell, known as Goerge Russell, is the most up-and-coming of the 2022 Formula 1 Drivers. Born on the 15th of February 1998, started karting at the age of 7. Russell was very successful in his junior career before F1. In 2017, 2 years before he raced in F1, Russell raced in GP3. He won the championship with one round remaining in the season. Keep in mind that that was his first and only season in GP3. The next year, Russell signed for ART in Formula 2, and Mercedes signed him as a reserve driver. In F2, it wasn’t so easy. It was a tougher season, but Russell still won the championship in his first and last season in F2. He had a championship battle with Lando Norris, and he won by a margin of 68 points after winning 7 races.

F1 teams saw his talent, and he signed a 3-year deal with Williams Racing to race for them from 2019 to 2021. While Russell struggled in 2019 because of a terribly slow car, he really shone over the next 2 years. In 2020, when Lewis Hamilton got COVID-19, Russell replaced him for the Sakhir GP. He qualified in P2 and was less than 0.1 seconds away from pole position. He was on the way to win the race, but thanks to a botched pitstop and a puncture, Russell finished in P8. However, he proved his talent in a fast car. In 2021, he qualified in P2 for the Belgian GP, despite racing in a Williams car. This insane talent and ability behind the wheel got Russell a seat at Mercedes for 2022. He can now truly live up to his potential, but he must also deal with immense pressure.

#55 – Carlos Sainz – Ferrari

TeamScuderia Ferrari
Country (Nationality)Spain
Podiums6
Total F1 Career Points536.5
Grands Prix Entered141
Highest Race Finish2nd (2 times)
Highest Grid Position2nd
Date Of Birth1st September 1994
Place of BirthMadrid, Spain

Carlos Sainz Vázquez de Castro, known as Carlos Sainz Jr. was born on the 1st of September 1994. Racing is in his genes since his father is a racing driver. Carlos Sainz Sr. won World Rally Championship titles in 1990 and 1992. Before reaching F1 in 2015, Sainz won the Formula Renault 3.5 Championship in 2014, racing against familiar names like Pierre Gasly, Esteban Ocon and Nicholas Latifi. Sainz made his F1 debut with Toro Rosso (now AlphaTauri) in 2015. For the first 2 years of his career, he stayed at Toro Rosso. He moved to Renault with 4 races to go in 2017 when Renault ruthlessly kicked Jolyon Palmer out to bring Sainz in early. In 2018, Renault struggled, which is why Sainz moved to McLaren for 2019. He was racing alongside rookie Lando Norris, which is how Carlando was created. That bromance is legendary.

Sainz succeeded at McLaren, and he made a name for himself as a driver and helped bring McLaren to the top of the midfield. But after 2 seasons with McLaren, Sainz moved to Ferrari in 2021 to replace Sebastian Vettel. To move to the Scuderia is an offer you just can’t refuse. It proved to be the right decision. Even though Sainz succeeded in fighting in the midfield with McLaren during 2019 and 2020, Ferrari made huge amends in 2021 after a disappointing 2020 season. Sainz had a fantastic first season at Ferrari, scoring 4 podiums. He also outperformed his teammate Charles Leclerc and finished the season as the top driver in the midfield in terms of points. In 2022, he’s hoping to take another leap with Ferrari and try and fight for wins and podiums, the way Ferrari should be doing.

#16 – Charles Leclerc – Ferrari

TeamScuderia Ferrari
Country (Nationality)Monaco
Podiums13
Total F1 Career Points560
Grands Prix Entered81
Highest Race Finish1st (2 times)
Highest Grid Position1st (9 times)
Date Of Birth16th October 1997
Place of BirthMonte Carlo, Monaco

Born on the 16th of October 1997, Charles Leclerc’s F1 career has been pretty chaotic. Charles Marc Hervé Perceval Leclerc, known as Charles Leclerc, raced in F2 before reaching F1. He won the 2017 F2 Championship and displayed true talent. He was at the last step before F1 in 2017, and he was on a similar journey to the journey that his godfather, Jules Bianchi had been on. Bianchi was a French racing driver that raced in F1 for the Marussia F1 Team but died in 2015 due to injuries suffered from a crash at the 2014 Japanese GP. In 2017 when Leclerc was in F2, Charles’ father Hervé died 4 days before one of Leclerc’s greatest drives of his racing career. He dedicated that win to his father. He’s carrying their legacies in F1 now since both Bianchi and Hervé Leclerc were racing drivers.

In 2018, Leclerc raced for Sauber in F1, since Sauber noticed his talent when he won the F2 championship. After multiple points finishes and fantastic races in 2018, Ferrari signed Leclerc to replace Kimi Raikkonen for the 2019 season. At Ferrar in 2019, Leclerc achieved 2 wins and a total of 10 podiums. Ferrari struggled as Mercedes dominated, but Leclerc shone and beat his teammate Vettel. In 2020, with a terribly slow car, Leclerc still managed to score 2 podiums. But in 2021, when Ferrari were at least back to the top end of the midfield, Leclerc was consistently in the points. He struggled compared to his teammate, however. He only managed to score 1 podium. In 2022, Leclerc is hoping to get back on form, as the fans and the Ferrari team have high hopes to get back to winning ways.

#4 – Lando Norris – McLaren

2021 Formula 1 Drivers: Lando Norris
2022 Formula 1 Drivers: Lando Norris
TeamMcLaren
Country (Nationality)United Kingdom
Podiums5
Total F1 Career Points306
Grands Prix Entered60
Highest Race Finish2nd (1 time)
Highest Grid Position1st (1 time)
Date Of Birth13th November 1999
Place of BirthBristol, England

Lando Norris is one of the most promising of the 2022 Formula 1 Drivers. He has shown incredible pace, determination, and skill in a Formula 1 car. Born on November 13, 1999, Lando Norris started racing in Formula 1 in 2019. He reached the top tier of motorsport at the young age of 19 and came to F1 after finishing 2nd in the F2 championship. McLaren noticed his talent and announced him as their driver for the 2019 F1 season. He’s raced at McLaren since then, and now Norris will stay with McLaren until 2025.

Norris started off strong, scoring in 11 races in his debut season of F1. In 2020, he had a phenomenal year, scoring a podium in an intense opening race. In 2021, he continued the trend of improving by scoring 4 podiums. He finished in 3rd place thrice, and he finished in 2nd place once. He was close to winning a race, but he made a strategy call in changing conditions that showed that young drivers sometimes can’t fight against the experience of veterans. It was a great year for him, but he and his teammate Ricciardo will push to beat Ferrari this year, which they couldn’t do in 2021.

#3 – Daniel Ricciardo – McLaren

2022 Formula 1 Drivers: Daniel Ricciardo
TeamMcLaren
Country (Nationality)Australia
Podiums32
Total F1 Career Points1274
Grands Prix Entered210
Highest Race Finish1st (8 times)
Highest Grid Position1st (3 times)
Date Of Birth1st July 1989
Place of BirthPerth, Australia

Daniel Joseph Ricciardo is a driver who’s been in F1 for a while but is still chasing his biggest dream. Born on 1 July 1989 in the city of Perth, Australia. Ricciardo made the step up from Formula Renault 3.5 to F1 in 2011. He joined F1 in the middle of the season when Red Bull paid the struggling HRT F1 Team to sign Ricciardo in July 2011. He rose through the ranks until in 2014, he started racing for Red Bull Racing. That’s where he succeeded the most – he scored 29 podiums and 7 race wins with them. He left Red Bull after the 2018 season, where the tensions between him and Verstappen really rose. He went to Renault, where he raced for 2 years. In 2019 he struggled because Renault’s engine was unreliable.

2020 was much better, with 2 spectacular podiums and only 3 finishes outside the points. But Ricciardo made the decision to move to McLaren for 2021 and 2022 before the 2020 season even started. At McLaren, it was a different car that didn’t really suit Ricciardo’s driving style. He struggled even more there but was doing better in the 2nd half of the season. The race win in Italy proved that. In 2022, he’s more used to the team and the car, so he is hoping to bring McLaren back to the top of the midfield alongside his teammate Lando Norris.

#14 – Fernando Alonso – Alpine

Fernando Alonso is one of the greatest of the 2022 Formula 1 Drivers
TeamAlpine
CountrySpain
Podiums98
Total F1 Career Points1980
Grands Prix entered336
World Championships2
Highest race finish1st (32 times)
Highest grid position1 (22 times)
Date of birth29th July 1981
Place of birthOviedo, Spain

Fernando Alonso Díaz is up there with the greatest drivers in F1. The two-time World Champion was born on the 29th of July 1981, and despite his age, he proved he’s still more than capable behind the wheel. Alonso started driving karts at the age of 3, and got his kart racing license at the age of 5. His family had to struggle a lot to pay for his karting career. He was very successful in karting, and at the age of 17, he started racing in actual cars. He won the 1999 Euro Open by Nissan, which was a single-seater championship mainly contested in Spain. Alonso won the championship after beating 35 other drivers. After winning that championship, he got the chance to test a 1999 Formula 1 car. In 2000, he became Minardi’s test and reserve driver.

In that same year, Alonso raced in the International Formula 3000 Championship, racing for the Minardi-backed Team Astromega. He finished 2nd in the penultimate round of the season and won the season finale. For 2001, Alonso would be racing against the best of the best in Formula 1, racing for Minardi. After signing as a test driver for Renault in 2002, Renault signed Alonso to race for them in 2003. He scored 4 podiums in 2003, and 4 podiums in 2004. In 2005 and 2006, Alonso came through to win two consecutive Driver’s Championships. In 2005, Alonso was on the podium for each of the first 5 races, including 3 race wins. In 2006, for the first 9 races of the season, Alonso finished either 1st or 2nd.

The search for a 3rd championship was a lot harder. He was 1 point off the Champion in 2007, and 4 points off the Champion in 2010. He was 3 points behind the champion in 2012. In 2007, Alonso was racing for McLaren, and from 2010-2014, he was racing with Ferrari. In 2015 he went back to McLaren and stayed there until 2018. Those 4 years were terrible since their car was very slow. For 2019 and 2020, Alonso took a break from F1, before returning to F1 in 2021. In 2021, he turned 40 years old. Yet he still scored a podium and achieved the best Championship result since he left Ferrari back in 2014. He’s still got more to do, and hopefully, he can make the most of this clean slate brought by the regulation changes.

#31 – Esteban Ocon – Alpine

TeamAlpine
CountryFrance
Podiums2
Total F1 Career Points272
Grands Prix entered89
Highest race finish1st (1 time)
Highest grid position3
Date of birth17th September 1996
Place of birthNormandy, France

Esteban José Jean-Pierre Ocon-Khelfane, known as Esteban Ocon, hasn’t had it easy at all. He started racing at the age of 7. To fund his karting career, his parents sold their family home, meaning they lived in their caravan for a few years. He used that as a motor home as well, and he and his family travelled to races in that caravan. Ocon’s mother acted as a tutor for him. His parents sacrificed everything for him and his career, pursuing the dream and hoping it would pay off.

In 2015, Ocon was really close to reaching F1. He had just won the FIA European F3 Championship in 2014 and had now shifted to GP3 for the 2015 season. In a tough championship battle, Ocon came through to win the championship. Mercedes signed him to their Junior Team before he even won that championship. In 2016, Ocon became a Renault reserve driver for the 2016 season. He was also racing in DTM in 2016 before signing for Manor Racing in the middle of the season. Manor was a backmarker team, so Ocon didn’t score any points. But in 2017, as a part of a multi-year contract with Mercedes, Ocon joined Force India. He scored points in all but 2 races in 2017. However, tensions rose in 2018, because Force India changed to Racing Point after the whole issue with the team going into administration.

With the new ownership meaning Lance Stroll would race for Racing Point in 2019, Ocon was left with no seat for the 2019 season. It was brutal, but it’s a part of Formula 1. Money is heavily involved in the sport. However, after a year on the sidelines, Ocon was brought in to race alongside Ricciardo at Renault in 2020. In 2020, at the Sakhir GP, Ocon finished in 2nd place and scored his first podium in F1. It was ironic since both 1st and 3rd in that race were Racing Point drivers. In 2021, Ocon achieved the dream of so many aspiring drivers and won a race in F1. It’s a true testament to the sacrifice he and his family made to get to F1. They can proudly say that it was worth it. In 2022, Ocon will be hoping to score points consistently for Alpine.

#5 – Sebastian Vettel – Aston Martin

TeamAston Martin
CountryGermany
Podiums122
Total F1 Career Points3061
Grands Prix entered280
World Championships4
Highest race finish1st (53 times)
Highest grid position1 (57 times)
Date of birth3rd July 1987
Place of birthHeppenheim, Germany

Sebastian Vettel is recognised as one of the greatest drivers in Formula 1 history. He is now a veteran that is starting his 16th season of F1 this year. Born on the 3rd of July 1987, Vettel started karting at the age of 3 but started racing in karting series at the age of 8. In 1998, Vettel was accepted into the Red Bull Junior Team, which is their driver development program. In 2006, Vettel finished as runner-up in the Formula 3 Euro Championship. In 2007, he was leading the 2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Championship when BMW Sauber called him up to the team as a full-time driver for them. He finished in P8 on his F1 debut at the 2007 US GP, becoming the youngest F1 points-scorer at the time. He was a champion in the making, and his talent and sheer speed can never be underestimated.

What the F1 world saw for 4 years straight is hard to describe using words. For 4 years straight Sebastian Vettel was unstoppable. His racecraft and sheer speed was god-tier, and the F1 world hadn’t seen domination like that since Michael Schumacher in the early 2000s. Only 3 drivers in F1 history have more championships than Vettel. Vettel narrowly missed out on the title in 2009, but he learned from his mistakes and showed the true skill and strength of a champion in the next 4 years (from 2010 – 2013). In 2011 and 2013 especially Vettel was on another level – in those years, he won the championship by 122 and 155 points respectively. But in 2015, after Red Bull dropped off, Vettel moved to Ferrari. He spent 6 years there, and he got really close in his search for a 5th title.

But it just didn’t happen, because Mercedes and Hamilton asserted their dominance. After a horrible season with Ferrari in 2020, Vettel moved to Aston Martin in 2021. He scored a podium in Azerbaijan and would’ve scored the 2nd one with the team if it wasn’t for a technical issue that resulted in a DSQ for him at the Hungarian GP. Despite some strong performances, Vettel and Aston Martin really struggled in 2021. Vettel only scored 10 points more than he did in 2020. However, Vettel made a strong presence off the track and is loved by fans for being a great person and fighting for multiple causes. From what I’ve seen on social media, Sebastian Vettel is probably the most-liked of the 2022 Formula 1 Drivers. But on track, in 2022, Aston Martin are looking to come in strong, with Vettel the veteran at the forefront.

#18 – Lance Stroll – Aston Martin

TeamAston Martin
CountryCanada
Podiums3
Total F1 Career Points176
Grands Prix entered100
Highest race finish3rd (3 Times)
Highest grid position1 (1 time)
Date of birth29th October 1998
Place of birthMontreal, Canada

Lance Strulovitch, known as Lance Stroll, is a polesitter and 3-time podium finisher that is the 2nd-youngest driver to start a race in F1. He made his F1 debut in 2017. He finished in 3rd place and scored the first podium of his career in his debut season. Stroll kept his cool during one of the most chaotic races in F1 and managed to bring home a podium. He became the 2nd-youngest podium finisher and the youngest driver to finish on the podium in their debut season. Lance Stroll is now 23 years old and is coming into his 6th season of F1. He’s no longer a rookie and has a fair bit of experience. What many F1 fans don’t realise is that Stroll isn’t racing in the top tier of motorsport just because of his father’s money. Money doesn’t get you podiums, wins and championships.

Before F1, Stroll won the Italian F4 Championship, the Toyota Racing Series, and the F3 European Championship. He was also in the Ferrari Driver Academy from 2010-2015, before becoming a Williams test driver. He earned those championships and won them fairly. While it is true that Stroll got a seat in F1 with Williams so early on in his life is thanks to his father investing in the team, Stroll is still a fast driver. The only problem is, he can’t excel that much unless he has a car capable of success.

And the only teams he’s been in are Williams, Racing Point and Aston Martin. Williams had a very slow car in the two years he was with them. Racing Point and Aston Martin are the same team (Racing Point rebranded to Aston Martin in 2021) and is owned by Stroll’s father. Racing Point only had a fast car in 2020, which is when Stroll did well by scoring 2 podiums and a pole position. If the team can’t provide Stroll with a competent car, he can’t succeed. And if that is the case, then he is stuck, because he obviously won’t leave his father’s team. But there is hope for Aston Martin this year, and hopefully, Stroll can get back to proving people wrong.