F1 22 Driver Ratings unveiled; Verstappen, Hamilton tied at the top

Justin Melillo
The initial Driver Ratings for the upcoming F1 22 game by EA Sports and Codemasters were unveiled on Friday (24th June 2022).
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The Driver Ratings were unveiled on Friday (24th June 2022) for the upcoming F1 22 title from EA Sports and Codemasters. All 20 of the drivers on the 2022 Formula 1 grid were ranked by stats, algorithms and some human input from F1 experts like Anthony Davidson, David Croft and Alex Jacques.

One of the biggest components to a My Team in any of the recent Formula 1 games is the Driver Ratings for each driver on the real-world grid. These ratings are there to help prospective My Team players wary of current drivers’ attributes so that they can build the best team possible in their play through.

These rankings are based on real-world data, and this year the algorithm has changed for F1 22. Four categories will combine for the overall rating score, and these numbers will now be based more on their current form as opposed to their historical stats. The ratings will be dynamic and will update through the 2022 Formula 1 season.

The categories are:

  • Experience (EXP): This is based on the number of race starts a driver has over the course of their career.
  • Racecraft (RAC): The driver’s ability to work their way through the pack and finish in a higher position than where they started.
  • Awareness (AWA): The less time spent in the Steward’s room will help drivers here. Real-world punishments will impact the score in this category.
  • Pace (PAC): Benefits those who get closest to the fastest qualifying and race lap times. A driver beating their teammate is also taken into consideration.
  • Rating (RTG): The combination of the previous four ratings. This overall rating will go up and down throughout the season based on performance.

The ratings were unveiled to the drivers during the Baku and Canada race weekends in hilarious form, where teammates were tasked with guessing each other’s ratings. Here’s how each driver stacks up when the game goes live next week:

Max Verstappen7298799794
Lewis Hamilton9396929394
Charles Leclerc6594919592
George Russell6490869390
Lando Norris6494829290
Fernando Alonso9888788989
Sergio Perez8389858988
Valtteri Bottas7784939088
Carlos Sainz Jr.7289898787
Sebastian Vettel9187928385
Pierre Gasly6290798484
Daniel Ricciardo8288938083
Esteban Ocon6390768283
Alexander Albon5990768182
Kevin Magnussen6882848281
Lance Stroll6589767780
Yuki Tsunoda5576748378
Mick Schumacher5679807977
Nicholas Latifi6080766670
Guanyu Zhou4780736770

These numbers are compiled through the conclusion of this year’s Monaco Grand Prix. These numbers will fluctuate as the season goes forward. It is interesting to see that things still haven’t changed much, even with the new algorithm, and both Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton sit atop the rankings at 94.

From last year’s F1 2021 final ratings, it’s fairly similar to where it ended for most. Daniel Ricciardo looks to have dropped the most, from 89 to 83 overall, while George Russell has gained the most, from 81 to 90. Rookie Guanyu Zhou arrives at a 70 overall while Alex Albon and K-Mag return at 82 and 81, respectively.

Which driver’s ranking are you most surprised about? Let us know your thoughts on these initial rankings in the comments below! F1 22 from EA Sports and Codemasters, the official Formula 1 racing game, will release on 1st July 2022 for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. Those who pre-ordered the F1 22 Champions Edition will get three days of early access starting on 28th June 2022.

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