Wednesday, 30 March 2022

Track Points for drivers and constructors: Saudi Arabia grand prix 2022

People arguing about the colour of the explosion outside the Saudi circuit

This race was a high scorer: almost as high as the track walls the F1 drivers can't see around. Cars earned 242 Track Points in total, compared to a meagre 176 in Bahrain.

Yuki Tsunoda barely got to drive his terrible AlphaTauri. Mick Schumacher reduced his car to tindersticks. Nicholas Latifi tried to replicate Abu Dhabi 2021 by having a conversation with a wall. And all along, we tried to ignore the fact the Saudi Arabia grand prix takes place in a war zone. The coverage of the practice session featured a literal missile attack. We presume all those "no war" t-shirts are now in being used as rags in the team garages. Jeez.

Mick Schumacher was indeed the highest scorer, his terrifying crash reminding us how nasty this high-speed circuit can be. We love failure at the Losers League, but we really want our drivers to be safe. Thankfully, he was fine. Meanwhile, Williams are proving to be the Losers League's new favourite team, scoring a double retirement.

And spare a thought for Zhou Guanyu, who is now the first Chinese driver in history to score an F1 Losers League Track Point. We'll be in contact with Xi Jinping about organising a national holiday. We're thinking a parade: bunting, floats, coconut shy, that sort of thing. Lots of dragons dressed as F1 drivers. Uncle Geoff slumped in the corner, drunk on sak√©. It's going to be lovely.

Er... Where were we? Oh yes. Read on for all the Track Points in Saudi Arabia.


TRACK POINTS IN SAUDI ARABIA: DRIVERS

Race Finish: Stroll 3  |  Vettel 2  |  Zhou 1  |  Hulkenberg was scoring points for Vettel

Did Not Finish: Albon 10  |  Alonso 10  |  Bottas 10  |  Latifi 10  |  Ricciardo 10  |  Schumacher 10  |  Tsunoda 10  |  Non-starters Schumacher and Tsunoda qualify for these points

Earliest Exit: Latifi 5  |  Schumacher 5  |  Tsunoda 5  |  Latifi retired first, but it's only fair for the non-starters to get these points too

Backwards Bonus: Perez 5  |  Dropped three places

Raceday Special (Last on Grid): Latifi 5  |  Tsunoda 5  |  See above comment about non-starters

Beige Flag: Schumacher 10  |  Not for the crash, because we don't award Flags for on-track action, but for costing his team a zillion quid^ then missing a whole race
Beige Flag: Stroll 10  |  For being lambasted^ by the ever-reliable lambaster Ralf Schumacher
Beige Flag: Vettel 10  |  For missing another race^ because of Covid


In summary
:

Schumacher

25

Zhou

1

Latifi

20

Gasly

0

Tsunoda

20

Hamilton

0

Stroll

13

Leclerc

0

Vettel

12

Magnussen

0

Albon

10

Norris

0

Alonso

10

Ocon

0

Bottas

10

Russell

0

Ricciardo

10

Sainz

0

Perez

5

Verstappen

0


TRACK 
POINTS IN SAUDI ARABIA: CONSTRUCTORS

Race Finish: Aston Martin 5  |  Alfa Romeo 1

Did Not Finish: Williams 20  |  Alfa Romeo 10  |  AlphaTauri 10  |  Alpine 10  |  Haas 10  |  McLaren 10 

Earliest Exit: AlphaTauri 5  |  Haas 5  |  Williams 5

Backwards Bonus: Red Bull 5

Raceday Special: AlphaTauri 5  |  Williams 5

Beige Flag: None for constructors this time, although Haas came very close for their repair bill


In summary:

Williams

30

McLaren

10

AlphaTauri

20

Aston Martin

5

Haas

15

Red Bull

5

Alfa Romeo

11

Ferrari

0

Alpine

10

Mercedes

0

 

MORE POINTS

Here is the Losers team commentary for Saudi Arabia.

Here is the complete Losers team data for Saudi Arabia.

And here's how it's affected the Standings.

Access your personal team page here.


WHAT'S NEXT?

The next race is in Australia on 10 April. This is home grand prix for Daniel Ricciardo, who's currently fourth in the F1 Losers driver standings between Schumacher and Tsunoda. Before that, we'll release some new Pitlane Punts - have a look at the three already available to play. There's a form of tennis called Australian doubles, which pits two players versus a single player in the style of the quiz show Blockbusters. This seems unfair. We like it. Why not create your own doubles in Australia by pressing one of your Boost Buttons now.