System 1 |  2022/2021 comparison: what changes in the middle of the grid?  (Part 2)

System 1 | 2022/2021 comparison: what changes in the middle of the grid? (Part 2)


The new aerodynamic regulations for 2022 have, as expected, turned the leadership within the discipline upside down. Instead of Mercedes, Ferrari is battling Red Bull for the world title this season – even if the team from Milton Keynes is now off to a very good start.

But more than emotions, it is interesting to look, from an accounting point of view, at what the statistics say, comparing the state of the team at the summer break 2021, with their state today.

The increase in the number of races this year is taken into account in our calculations. In 2022, there were 13 Grands Prix before the summer break. In 2021, it was 11. So we assign a multiplier of 0.83 to change this difference in our comparison (and round to the nearest whole number), in order to set the correct comparison point at the beginning of the summer break, which is the mark. clear step in F1.

In this second part covering the second half of the table (see the first part here), the percentage differences can be more interesting due to the number of points involved.

Comparing team to team…

Alfa Romeo: from 3 points (2021) // to 42 points (2022). That’s + 1400%.

Obviously, the progress of Alfa Romeo, which went almost from day to night in the middle of the grid, is very impressive in terms of percentage. It confirms the bet made by Frédéric Vasseur: that of leaving 2021 too soon to commit to the new space regulations of 2022.

Without the gap between Valtteri Bottas and Guanyu Zhou, and above all without the reliability problems that have plagued the team since the beginning of the year, this gap could have been even greater. Who knows, with the development of the Chinese rookie, and with reliable modifications, could not Alfa Romeo also continue to climb?

Haas F1: from 0 points (2021) // to 26 points (2022).

Of course there is no percentage for the only team that, last year, at this time, had not opened its counter! The results are the same at Haas and Alfa Romeo: the gamble of sacrificing 2021 to prepare for 2022 has been confirmed. Developments in Ferrari’s power unit, at least in performance, have also helped. With the replacement of Nikita Mazepin and Kevin Magnussen, oh there are more results… And again, like Alfa Romeo, Haas lost a lot of points this year,

AlphaTauri: from 68 points (2021) // to 22 points (2022). That’s a 68% discount.

The dunce hat goes to AlphaTauri, which is the team (with the exception of Williams, which is in a special situation) with the biggest year-over-year deficit. The addition hurts AlphaTauri who receives a real slap in the new year. The 2021 car was very efficient, the 2022 car is not up to par. The team was faced with forced aerodynamic choices (returning the famous Red Bull suspension at the last minute), switching to a new wind direction, bad luck (especially Pierre Gasly), and changes too late.

In this context, the decline was inevitable and this can be seen as encouraging to Pierre Gasly whose career, which was facing a clear increase in terms of results, is going in the opposite direction. And not the truth of his actions. This is the rule of F1…

Aston Martin F1: from 48 points (2021) // to 16.5 points (2022). That’s a 65% drop.

What will you see, Lawrence Stroll promised us at the end of 2021. What did we see at the end in Aston Martin F1? The control shift has also failed. Even the “green Red Bull” introduced during the year did not help to change the trend among the Greens – although we see a small improvement in the pace of the race.

This two-thirds decline in Aston Martin F1 raises questions: as more and more subsidies are given, as well-known engineers arrive, such as Dan Fallows, the former head of aerodynamics at Red Bull, the team is going backwards. Perhaps because it will take time for these structural investments to bear fruit (such as the construction of a brand new factory at Silverstone). But one cannot help thinking that the management, if not brutal, at least bad of Lawrence Stroll, is also questioned. With the motivation of the pilots – Sebastian Vettel knew that he was at the beginning, and Lance Stroll knew that he was protected by the highest …

Williams: from 10 points (2021) // to 2.5 points (2022). That’s 75% off.

The deficits are impressive for Williams but are mostly explained by the Hungarian Grand Prix, where the team scored 10 points to one last year. It is more surprising here to note that Alexander Albon has consistently entered the top 10 three times. Therefore, if the number of points drops in the Grove, it is trompe l’oeil: the ability to be inserted (slightly) more often. Top 10 is more encouraging.

The fact remains that the team, unlike Haas, has not made the expected move: it is this direct comparison that hurts and that should not hide the fact that Williams is still mired in its structural problems, especially financing, which makes him the leader. the “worst” team on the board right now.

Comparison: progress report on summer break.

Red Bull: from 291 points (2021) // to 357 points (2022). Or + 23%.

Ferrari: from 163 points (2021) // to 277 points (2022). Or + 70%

Mercedes: from 303 points (2021) // to 251 points (2022). Or – 17%.

McLaren: from 163 points (2021) // to 79 points (2022). Or – 48%.

Alpine: from 77 points (2021) // to 82 points (2022). Or + 7%.

Alfa Romeo: from 3 points (2021) // to 42 points (2022). That’s + 1400%.

Haas F1: from 0 points (2021) // to 26 points (2022).

AlphaTauri: from 68 points (2021) // to 22 points (2022). That’s a 68% discount.

Aston Martin F1: from 48 points (2021) // to 16.5 points (2022). That’s a 65% drop.

Williams: from 10 points (2021) // to 2.5 points (2022). That’s 75% off.