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Before the Singapore Grand Prix : Formula One 2022 Season Recap

It’s been a crazy six months since the title fight for the Formula One world championship began in March. After a four-week summer break, the cars and drivers have returned to the grid in full force, ready to take on the rest of the 2022 season.

More importantly, the sport is making a return to Singapore, after a two-year hiatus owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Singapore Grand Prix will be held from the 30th of September to the 2nd of October. That’s just four weekends away, so you best mark your calendars now.

But before the festivities at the Marina Bay Street Circuit begin, let’s take a look at some of this season’s best (and worst) moments before the race comes to Singapore.

before the singapore grand prix : formula one 2022 season recap

The Current Standings

As of this past weekend’s race in Spa, Max Verstappen of the Red Bull Racing team currently leads the world championship fight with 284 points. Next in line, from Red Bull as well, is Sergio Perez with 191 points, closely followed by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with 186 points. Following that, we have Carlos Sainz Jr (Ferrari) and George Russell (Mercedes-AMG) with 171 and 170 points respectively.

Lewis Hamilton, who lost the championship last year by a narrow margin, is 6th in the running with 146 points. With that in mind, the remaining 8 races for the 2022 season look to be just as, if not more interesting than the title fight between Lewis and Max last season. Wonder if Nico Rosberg has any sly quips about Lewis’ performance this season…

Hear The Lion Roar – Max Verstappen

Max Max or Super Max (call him whatever you want) has racked up some serious wins this season. After a highly contested (and televised) fight with Lewis Hamilton of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, Max went on to clinch his first championship title in the 2021 season after a lengthy battle with Lewis who currently holds 7 championship titles.

This year, however, the Dutchman has won 9 of the 14 races he’s participated in. For reference, Max took home 10 victories over the course of 22 races last season. He now has 93 point lead over teammate Red Bull Racing teammate Sergio Perez, and a staggering 98-point lead over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. The gap between Max and former championship contender Lewis? 138 points. Yikes.

before the singapore grand prix : formula one 2022 season recap

Ferrari… Really? – Charles Leclerc at Monaco

It’s no secret that the Tifosi are up in arms over some of the judgement calls made by Ferrari in recent months. The incident during the Monaco GP was perhaps one of the worst. Charles Leclerc, who was initially leading the race was told to pit for intermediate tyres, where he lost his lead to Sergio Perez. At that point, Sergio had yet to pit, so Ferrari still had a shot at clawing the lead back from Red Bull. However, the Monegasque driver was mistakenly called into the pit lane again, right after teammate Carlos Sainz who was switching out his wet tyres for slicks.

In a desperate bid to keep Charles in the running, his race engineer frantically yelled at Charles to “Stay Out!! Stay Out!! Stay Out!!”. Alas, it was too late for the Monaco native as he pulled in behind Carlos and lost his podium position to Max Verstappen. His subsequent string of profanities was no doubt shared with Ferrari fans worldwide. But ultimately it was a horrendous call that cost Charles a potential win in his home race, just a week after losing his lead after the Spanish GP. Shame, really.

before the singapore grand prix : formula one 2022 season recap

Ferrari… Again?? – Carlos Sainz at Circuit Paul Ricard

Often, a timely call from your race strategist could mean the difference between winning and losing a race. Timely, being the operative word here. Clearly, that wasn’t the case for Carlos Sainz during the French GP when he was told to bring the car into the pits at the most untimely… time.

Imagine being in the midst of a heated battle with the Red Bull of Sergio Perez when your team tells you to box the car. Carlos’ curt reply to the team may have lacked vulgarities, but Ferrari fans on the Twitterverse sure had other choice adjectives about the team’s decision.

before the singapore grand prix : formula one 2022 season recap

Praise the Halo – Zhou Guanyu’s Silverstone crash

Perhaps one of the most horrific crashes of the season, Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo C42 was flipped on its head after getting pinched between Pierre Gasly and George Russell at Silverstone during the 10th round of the 2022 F1 season. The Alfa then skidded a considerable distance before being flung over the tire barrier and into the catch fencing at the end of turn 1, causing the race to be suspended for the better part of an hour.

Thankfully, the Chinese driver was unharmed, taking to Twitter to thank his fans and crediting the halo with saving his life. The titanium halo, which was once heavily criticised by drivers and team principals, is credited with saving Romain Grosjean’s life in his even more horrific crash during the 2020 Bahrain GP. Now though, it’s a mainstay in Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula E. And drivers have nothing but praise for it.

Audi announces entry into F1

*Only as a power unit supplier. For now. But with news of the Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN pulling out of the race series at the end of 2023, one can only wonder if Audi will join the sport as a full-on constructor by 2024. Of course, Audi has stated that the new power unit regulations for 2026 were key contributing factors in the brand’s participation in the sport. But with two vacant spots on the grid, one can only wonder if Audi will jump into the sport ahead of time.

More importantly though, what would happen to Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu?

Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

We’ll be in for a show when the teams descend upon Singapore for the 17th round of the 2022 Formula One season. Of course, there’ll be a whole slew of performances from numerous artists like Westlife, Green Day, the Black Eyed Peas and a few others. Us though, we’re in it for the actual racing. Excited yet?

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