2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix driver ratings RaceFans

The Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix weekend offered a different kind of challenge to the 20 drivers on the grid compared to the three before it.

Not only was Imola the site of the first sprint race of the season, rain on Friday and Sunday caused headaches up and down the field with some coping with the tricky conditions better than others.

Here are the RaceFans driver ratings foe the 2022 Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix weekend:

Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri, Imola, 2022
Hamilton spent 43 laps behind Gasly

Lewis Hamilton – 4

Qualified: 13th (-2 behind team mate)
Sprint race: 14th (-3 behind team mate)
Finished: 13th (-9 behind team mate)

  • Eliminated in Q2 after rain fell during red flag stoppage
  • Lost two places at sprint race start but passed Stroll to line up 14th on grand prix grid
  • Inherited three places at start from drivers affected by incidents
  • Lost three places after switching to slicks
  • Spent 39 of the last 43 laps within a second of Gasly but could not find a way past, finishing 13th

George Russell – 8

Qualified: 11th (+2 ahead of team mate)
Sprint race: 11th (+2 ahead of team mate)
Finished: 4th (+9 ahead of team mate)

  • Eliminated in 11th in Q2 after rain fell during red flag
  • Dropped to 12th at start of sprint race but passed Vettel in closing laps for 11th
  • Gained two places on run to turn one, then three more after Ricciardo and Sainz collided
  • Ran sixth after restart before passing Magnussen for fifth
  • Equipment failure left him on wet tire wing setting after move to slicks
  • Held off a faster Bottas over the final laps, gaining fourth after Leclerc’s spin
Verstappen secured a grand slam victory

Max Verstappen – 8

Qualified: Pole (+6 ahead of team mate)
Sprint race: Pole (+2 ahead of team mate)
Finished: Winner (+1 ahead of team mate)

  • Claimed pole position despite yellow flags due to clear lift, but helped by multiple stoppages
  • Lost sprint race lead off line to Leclerc but blamed poorly synced gears
  • Caught and passed Leclerc in closing laps of sprint to secure pole position and eight points
  • Led from the start of the grand prix and was never troubled across the 63 laps
  • Claimed grand slam of pole, victory after leading every lap and fastest lap for maximum 34 point haul

Sergio Perez – 6

Qualified: 7th (-6 behind team mate)
Sprint race: 3rd (-2 behind team mate)
Finished: 2nd (-1 behind team mate)

  • Qualified seventh in disrupted Q3 session
  • Made his way up the order in sprint race to secure third on grand prix grid
  • Jumped Leclerc to move into second at the start
  • Absorbed pressure from Leclerc and fortunate to get away with missing Variante Alta chicane with second place
  • Cruised home after Leclerc’s spin to complete one-two, but well behind team mate

Carlos Sainz Jnr – 4

Qualified: 10th (-8 behind team mate)
Sprint race: 4th (-2 behind team mate)
Finished: Retired (Spun out – L1)

  • Crashed at second Rivazza in Q2 ending his qualifying and placing him tenth for sprint race grid
  • Recovered in sprint race to claim fourth on the grid behind Perez
  • Hit by Ricciardo at Tamburello sending him spinning out of the grand prix, deemed a racing incident
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Imola, 2022
Leclerc’s late spin forced him to pit for repairs

Charles Leclerc – 4

Qualified: 2nd (+8 ahead of team mate)
Sprint race: 2nd (+2 ahead of team mate)
Finished: 6th

  • Qualified second after multiple red flags prevented him from challenging for pole
  • Beat Verstappen off the line in sprint race but was eventually caught after graining his softs
  • Dropped two places at grand prix start before passing Norris to reclaim third
  • Tried to pressure Perez for second but could not find a way past
  • Spun at Variante Alta trying to catch Perez on softs and had to pit for new front wing, dropping to ninth
  • Recovered to sixth by the checkered flag

Lando Norris – 7

Qualified: 3rd (+3 ahead of team mate)
Sprint race: 5th (+1 ahead of team mate)
Finished: 3rd (+15 ahead team mate)

  • Crashed in the closing minutes of Q3, but secured third on sprint race grid by doing so
  • Limited to six laps in only dry practice session on Saturday after brake trouble
  • Finished fifth in sprint after being passed by Perez and Sainz
  • Beat Leclerc to turn one at grand prix start and ran third after Safety Car, until Leclerc passed him
  • Ran lonely race in fourth, comfortably ahead of Russell but far off the lead three
  • Inherited final podium spot when Leclerc spun late in the race

Daniel Ricciardo – 5

Qualified: 6th (-3 behind team mate)
Sprint race: 6th (-1 behind team mate)
Finished: 18th (-15 behind team mate)

  • Qualified sixth in red flag filled Q3
  • Missed the sole dry practice session on Saturday with a technical problem
  • Passed Magnussen in sprint race for fifth, before losing it to Sainz
  • Hit Sainz at turn one during grand prix start, sustained diffuser damage when struck by Bottas
  • Suffered from damage all race, but proved slick tires were the way to go
  • Ran at the back, unable to make any progress with wounded car

Fernando Alonso – 6

Qualified: 5th (+13 ahead of team mate)
Sprint race: 9th (+7 ahead of team mate)
Finished: Retired (Damage – L6)

  • Given new-specification floor for weekend
  • Comfortably through to Q3 on Friday, taking fifth on sprint grid
  • Fell to ninth in sprint race
  • Hit by spinning Schumacher during grand prix start, causing damage to sidepod which led to retirement
  • Quicker than team mate in every session

Esteban Ocon – 5

Qualified: 19th (-13 behind team mate)
Sprint race: 16th (-7 behind team mate)
Finished: 14th

  • Gearbox problem in Q1 prevented him from being able to progress
  • Gained three places at start of sprint and remained there to take 16th on grid
  • Ran 12th after the restart, running behind Hamilton
  • Pitted for slicks with Hamilton, but was released into the path of the Mercedes
  • Ran 11th until the checkered flag, but demoted to 14th after five-second time penalty applied

Pierre Gasly – 5

Qualified: 17th (-1 behind team mate)
Sprint race: 17th (-5 behind team mate)
Finished: 12th (-2 behind team mate)

  • Struggled for pace in wet qualifying, eliminated in 17th
  • Clashed with Zhou on opening lap of sprint race but passed both Williams to take back 17th
  • Ran 13th after restart but passed by Albon after switch to slicks
  • Spent rest of race in DRS train, holding off Hamilton but unable to pass Albon ahead
  • Slower than team mate in every session
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri, Imola, 2022
Tsunoda was faster than his team mate in every session

Yuki Tsunoda – 8

Qualified: 16th (+1 ahead of team mate)
Sprint race: 12th (+5 ahead of team mate)
Finished: 7th (+5 ahead of team mate)

  • Eliminated from Q1 by 0.004s
  • Gained three places at start of sprint race, then passed Vettel for 12th in closing laps
  • Ran ninth for two-thirds of the race, eventually passing Magnussen for eighth, then Vettel for sixth
  • Finished seventh after being passed by Leclerc in final laps
  • Faster than team mate in every session

Sebastian Vettel – 7

Qualified: 9th (+6 ahead of team mate)
Sprint race: 13th (+2 ahead of team mate)
Finished: 8th (+2 ahead of team mate)

  • Reached Q3 to line up ninth for sprint race
  • Dropped down to 13th in sprint with graining softs
  • Took advantage of mishaps for cars ahead to run eight after restart
  • Jumped Magnussen by pitting for slicks a lap earlier
  • Ran seventh until being passed by Tsunoda and then by the recovering Leclerc
  • Finished eighth to secure first points of the season

Lance Stroll – 5

Qualified: 15th (-6 behind team mate)
Sprint race: 15th (-2 behind team mate)
Finished: 10th (-2 behind team mate)

  • Eliminated in Q2 after mistake at chicane on only timed lap
  • Lost a place to Hamilton in sprint race to line up 15th on Sunday
  • Gained four places at start, one from Hamilton and three from spinners ahead
  • Passed wounded Alonso at restart to move tenth, where he would remain for the rest of the race

Nicholas Latifi – 4

Qualified: 18th
Sprint race: 19th (-1 behind team mate)
Finished: 16th (-5 behind team mate)

  • Qualified 18th but last out of those who were not hit by technical problems in Q1
  • Fell to last in sprint race to line up 19th on grand prix grid
  • Kept Schumacher at bay before switching to dry tires
  • Lost 15th to Zhou and would finish 16th

Alexander Albon – 7

Qualified: 20th (No time set)
Sprint race: 18th (+1 ahead of team mate)
Finished: 11th (+5 ahead of team mate)

  • Failed to set a time in Q1 after brake fire caused by incorrect setting
  • Passed Latifi in sprint race to line up 18th for grand prix
  • Ran behind Gasly in early laps but eventually passed him along main straight without DRS on lap 20
  • Ran 12th for remainder of the race, taking 11th at the flag after Ocon’s penalty was applied
Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo, Imola, 2022
Bottas missed the entire second practice session but finished 7th

Valtteri Bottas – 7

Qualified: 8th (+6 ahead of team mate)
Sprint race: 7th
Finished: 5th (+10 ahead of team mate)

  • Qualified eighth after stopping in Q3 with broken exhaust
  • Missed the entirety of second practice as team rebuilt car
  • Finished seventh in sprint race
  • Passed Magnussen for sixth during early phase of grand prix
  • Lost over 10 seconds to Russell with cross-threaded wheel during pit stop
  • Gradually caught the Mercedes over the latter half of the race but could not pass Russell for fourth

Zhou Guanyu – 4

Qualified: 14th (-6 behind team mate)
Sprint race: 20th, Retired (Crashed – L1)
Finished: 15th (-10 behind team mate)

  • Eliminated in Q2 after failing to get tires warmed up on first run before rain came
  • Crashed out of sprint race after contact with Gasly at Piratella
  • Forced to start grand prix from pit lane due to overnight repair work
  • Passed Schumacher for 16th on intermediates but lost position during pit stop
  • Gained place back when Schumacher spun
  • Stuck behind Latifi until eventually passing the Williams for 15th on lap 40, where he would finish
Mick Schumacher, Haas, Imola, 2022
Schumacher had multiple spins during the race

Mick Schumacher – 3

Qualified: 12th (-8 behind team mate)
Sprint race: 10th (-2 behind team mate)
Finished: 17th (-8 behind team mate)

  • Eliminated in Q2 after rain fell during red flag but admitted mistake cost him a second
  • Gained two places in sprint race to line up tenth on the grand prix grid
  • Spun over the Tamburello kerb avoiding Sainz at start, hitting Alonso and dropping to 17th
  • Fell to last after spin at Variante Alta pursuing Latifi
  • Received black-and-white flag for exceeding track limits
  • Finished second-to-last on track after passing Ricciardo’s damaged Maclaren

Kevin Magnussen – 6

Qualified: 4th (+8 ahead of team mate)
Sprint race: 8th (+2 ahead of team mate)
Finished: 9th (+8 ahead of team mate)

  • Qualified career-best fourth on the grid in disrupted Q3
  • Fell to eighth in sprint race on the medium tires to take last point
  • Ran fifth on intermediates in race but was passed by Russell and Bottas
  • Lost eighth to Tsunoda and finished there, taking home four points
  • Faster than team mate in every session

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