F1 2022 end of season awards: Hero, villain and controversy of the year – msnNOW

Never before has a driver won so many races in one season as the two-time world champion, how with his 15th victory of 2022 cemented his place as the man to beat on four wheels. But the Dutchman’s domination does not tell the full story of a year that has seen design disasters, rows aplenty and full-blown scandal, such has been the drama of the past season.
In the age of Drive to Survive dominating the F1 agenda, no campaign can truly end without an awards ceremony. Telegraph Sport hands out the gongs after a year of excellence, farce and narrow escapes.
Max Verstappen. Say what you like about the Dutch driver, he has driven absolutely beautifully this year. Verstappen’s drive through the pack to win from 14th on the grid in Belgium was particularly memorable, as was his performance in Suzuka where he sealed his title in difficult conditions, pulling away from the rest of the field at a second per lap. 
‘Porpoising’ is not a new phenomenon but the word truly cemented its place in the F1 lexicon in the first part of the season. Mercedes in particular suffered from such severe bouncing the team’s principal Toto Wolff said he wanted to “strangle” himself in Imola, while driver Lewis Hamilton climbed out of the car like a man twice his age in Baku.
Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was sent careering over the tyre barrier and into the catch fencing at Silverstone in one of the most terrifying accidents seen in years. The Chinese driver hailed the the once-derided ‘Halo’ device for saving his life
Difficult to pick from so many. Red Bull’s boycott of Sky Sports F1 garnered plenty of negative headlines, as did Max Verstappen’s refusal to comply with team orders in Brazil (a refusal which opened an even bigger can of worms relating to Sergio Perez’s qualifying in Monaco). But it has to be the budget cap row, which exploded in Singapore, dragged on for weeks and the impact of which will still be felt next year when Red Bull will have limited aero testing time.
Jewellery-gate. The FIA’s war on bling reached ludicrous levels when Lewis Hamilton turned up to a press conference in Miami wearing rings on all his fingers, necklaces and three watches. Hamilton also revealed cryptically that he had another item about his person, which was in a location he was unwilling to disclose. He was later given an exemption to wear his nose stud after trying to comply with the ban only for the piercing to become infected.
Verstappen winning the title in Japan. Confusion over the number of points being allocated for a rain- and crash-affected race meant no one realised he had actually done it until afterwards. He had to be called back to be told by Sky Sports’ Johnny Herbert, having already given his post-race interview. Farcical.
The moment Johnny Herbert told Max Verstappen he was World Champion! 🎤
Just look at those reactions! 🤩 pic.twitter.com/4YUCxGyht9
Oscar Piastri telling Alpine by Twitter that he would not be racing for them next season after the team had released a statement saying he had been promoted from his reserve role. Unbeknownst to them, the Australian had signed a deal to drive for McLaren. The matter went to a Contract Resolution Board which ruled in McLaren’s favour.
Sebastian Vettel’s retirement prompted an incredible outpouring of affection from the F1 community, with hundreds turning up for a track run in Abu Dhabi on Saturday night wearing ‘Danke Seb’ T-shirts. Proof that time is a great healer. Vettel’s finger-wagging used to trigger his rivals like no one’s business. George Russell’s first win in Brazil was another lovely moment. 
“My wife often tells me that size doesn’t matter so I’m not going to get too fussed about 10mm.” Christian Horner on the midseason regulation change mandating that from 2023 teams must raise the floor edges of their challengers by 15mm, compared to 25 as was originally proposed.
Sign up to the Front Page newsletter for free: Your essential guide to the day’s agenda from The Telegraph – direct to your inbox seven days a week.

source

Leave a Comment

Ads Blocker Image Powered by Code Help Pro

Ads Blocker Detected!!!

Welcome to FactsPrime

Sorry, We have detected that you have activated Ad-Blocker. Please Consider supporting us by disabling your Ad Blocker, It helps us in maintaining this website. To View the content, Please disable adblocker and refresh the page.

Thank You !!!