Ranking the teams after 2022 F1 testing

Ranking the teams after 2022 F1 testing

Quick as a flash, Formula 1 testing is over, the 2022 season is upon us – and the question we all want to know the answer to is: who is fastest?
The final leaderboard is a little misleading so we have gone way beyond that by scrutinising the headline laptimes, analysing long runs, watching trackside, hearing from the teams themselves and assessing other factors like reliability and mileage.
And because we’re apparently desperate to get torn to pieces in the comments – and maybe even by a few people in the F1 paddock – we’ve combined all we know and done our best to rank the teams after pre-season.
To start with our F1 journalists – Edd Straw, Mark Hughes and me Scott Mitchell – all drew up our own rankings. Some parts were identical, but some were COMPLETELY different.
So after much deliberation and trading of information, this is our best estimate. It is by no means a definitive prediction for the season opener, let alone the 2022 season as a whole.
But we’ve got some strong clues indicating who is in a strong position and who is on the back foot. And setting us ourselves up for failure is all part of the pre-season fun.

#F1 #F12022 #F1testing

Subscribe: http://the-race.com/youtube_subscribe
Website: http://the-race.com/
Twitter: @wearetherace
Instagram: @wearetherace
Facebook: http://facebook.com/wearetherace
Podcasts: http://the-race.com/podcasts

Thanks for watching – please like, share and comment, please also hit subscribe to show your support so we’ll keep doing what we’re doing.

The Race



  1. Sean Onraet on March 15, 2022 at 5:15 pm

    After you lot predicted Ferrari would win in 2019 when you were at autosport I’ll take your predictions with a whole kilo of salt

  2. thefirstonesitting on March 15, 2022 at 5:17 pm

    "Lower half of the midfield group"??? The back.. you mean the back just say the back..

  3. lol man on March 15, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    This channel got people on strings rn, no one acc believes hass are any better than 8th best on the grid. Fun video though

  4. Ryoichi Watanabe on March 15, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    alpine livery is basically a racing point😂

  5. edisontsk on March 15, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    Agree with the top 4 and bottom 2. HAAS has definitely made improvements but that is a massive jump to put them ahead of Alpha Tauri and Aston Martin.

  6. Craig Blanton on March 15, 2022 at 5:21 pm

    YES! As someone who has been a Haas fan since 2017 (yes, we exist, and yes, the last 3 years were hell, thanks for asking), I am absolutely overjoyed. I’m really looking forward to this season. I just hope they’ll be competitive with the midfield, knock on wood.

  7. Ganesh Mallya on March 15, 2022 at 5:24 pm

    It really suggests that Bottas and Magnussen will achieve some thing wonderful this season.

  8. Amine Kolfat on March 15, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    How the hell did you rank alpine up in 8th? They stated that they were always on heavy fuel until the last couple of laps Alonso did that were on lower fuel but nowhere near qualifying fuel/runs as per their technical director Alan Permane and they were down 0.28 secs on Ferrari on the same tire compound (C4). If it weren’t for the hydraulic leaking issue in Barcelona that hindered their running for a single day (and did not happen again), they would have averaged more than a century of laps per day. They had no major reliability issues like the brake issue that kept Mclaren at bay for quite a while but I guess they’re a french team and you are english so it allows you to do your biased reporting. On the last day, Alonso was the fastest in the speed trap, and they are pretty confident about their performance so far and reasonable/realistic about it too, stating that they expect to be in Q3 and in the fight for advanced positions! Given all the above we have no reason to believe anything else and rank them as the 8th best team only above williams and alfa romeo. You just humiliated yourselves with this video and analysis! Keep it up lol! We’ll see come Saturday!

  9. AMaestro on March 15, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    I don’t believe Mercedes for one second, their rocket engine has probably used 50% of its full power these days. Mercedes will definitely be fighting for the wins coming races, no matter what Hamilton says right know 😂

  10. Bas Hopstaken on March 15, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    I hope haas will get a podium/win this year

  11. robert mason on March 15, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    I hope you’re wrong about Mercedes, they will be quick in Bahrain, let’s hope they destroy Red Bull

  12. Simon Lorenz on March 15, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    I believe in two to three weeks max. Merc will have updated their floor, solved their porpuising issues and subsequently annihiliting competition. Their package gives them a huge topspeed advantage and the fact, that others have already solved the porpuising, there is no reasons Merc won’t find a way. I’m afraid they will once again be miles ahead of everyone else.

  13. Murshed Hussain on March 15, 2022 at 5:30 pm

    Roses are red. Violets are blue. Red Bull look quick. Mercedes 1-2

  14. Frank Rollo on March 15, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    it’s about time someone gave us some proper analysis from the pre-season test

  15. TheMrFishnDucks on March 15, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Nice video. Cannot wait for the racing to start. Keep up the good work.

  16. hrishiv on March 15, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    Do we think Mercedes tells any constructors using their engines, eg McLaren, Aston Martin and Williams to not show their full performance during testing, the same way we expect them to?

  17. Eddie Adams on March 15, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    with the pink Alpine Ocon must have nostalgic feeling, like sitting back in the Force India in 2018..this car looks exactly the same..

  18. sporting-law 9 on March 15, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    I rate my team on f1 2021 better than the Haas

  19. Victor Louis on March 15, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    For me Red Bull, Ferrari, Alpha Tauri, Mercedes, Mc Laren, Alpine, Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Haas, Williams.

  20. 34Racingteam on March 15, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    This list has some issues

  21. Hugz on March 15, 2022 at 5:43 pm

    Ideally Mclaren would be the fastest car but anybody but Merc please.

  22. kTsiro on March 15, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    A very important question. The asterisk enters the McLaren because it can eventually come up higher or lower in the standing??

  23. Atlantia Callaecia on March 15, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    There’s nothing in the testing data to place Merc above McLaren.
    That said, they have most laptime to gain ahead of the Bahrein race.
    In terms of C3 laptimes, and therefore Qualy, McLaren comes second after Ferrari. And RB and Merc well behind both.
    Mark my words.

  24. Reef D on March 15, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    If Haas can make that leap, it would be amazing. The sport needs another underdog story l.

  25. Gustav Ågren on March 15, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    Jesus Christ that mercedes is ugly now

  26. HiZ RedShift on March 15, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Would be really nice to have RB, Ferrari, McL fighting over wins and Mercedes be slower than Haas 🙂

  27. Zanzaroni GR on March 15, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    The top is intriguing, but I can’t help but think that Alfa Romeo really missed the ball with these new regulations. Obviously Zhou brings eye watering amount of funds and Bottas was the best replacement for Kimi who himself decided to leave but they are entering a brand new era where absolutely nothing is constant, with their drivers having to learn both a new car and a new team

  28. FŁamingo on March 15, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    I won’t be surprised if Mercedes brings back the sidepod and score a 1-2. My guess is they’re testing the no sidepod model for the sake of future seasons, not this one, and they had plenty of time to kill.

  29. Andrew Bedford on March 15, 2022 at 5:50 pm

    how can you take this shit seriously when they claim HAAS are 5th fastest.

  30. Paolo Molinari on March 15, 2022 at 5:53 pm

    I don’t see Williams behind Sauber, Alpine nor Haas at all..

  31. 1barnet1 on March 15, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    It seems the Ferrari and Redbull look the best currently.
    That said the mercedes floor seems overpowered causing massive porpoising and therefor instability even in corners.
    When they get on top of things they will be strong again.

  32. Andrew Waters on March 15, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    Soon as Mercedes seal the floor with a vortex then it’s game over for the rest, not once could they do a push lap due to the aero being to strong and sucking the car to the floor causing the stall and bounce. With a stronger vortex the ride hight will go up and no more bouncing about.

  33. Jump Cut Films on March 15, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    This might be the first time where Mercedes aren’t sandbagging and are actually just behind

  34. Eddie Adams on March 15, 2022 at 5:59 pm

    One thing is for sure..the new cars look absolutely stunning! Great great visual experience even to look on them..and what will happen when we start to see them racing..cannot wait for that!

  35. Sylvain Guinepain on March 15, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    None of that matters. The number 1 factor that will decide the F1 title is wether the FIA decides to gift another championship to Red Bull. F1 has lost all credibility and I bet the viewership will be way down this year.

  36. Frankie-G on March 15, 2022 at 6:01 pm

    Ridiculous…Alonso was not on low fuel and and the engine wasn’t on full power…they have the 3rd fastest car and they can turn off porpoising any time they want.

  37. Jeremy Enright on March 15, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Merc did this last year. Looked sluggish and underwhelming in testing and then…

  38. Lääkäri Kaikkonen on March 15, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    10. Williams
    9. Alfa Romeo
    8. Haas
    7. Alpine
    6. AlphaTauri
    5. Aston Martin
    4. McLaren
    3. Mercedes
    2. Ferrari
    1. Red Bull

  39. Adam Podstavka on March 15, 2022 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks for a great video. I think Haas can beat McLaren and Mercedes in first race or two before they sort out their issues. I am quite positive there will be no team far back like Haas in 2021 or Williams in 2020. Midfield will be everyone except for Red Bull and Ferrari I expect – at least first few races.

  40. Ethan Cotton on March 15, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    That fucking thumbnail👌👌👌👌👌

  41. Rashad Arbab on March 15, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    Seriously how many times have we heard this shit. There’s not enough sand in the world to weigh down Mercedes.

  42. der hoggy on March 15, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    Ye did a good work on video , but the speed they did or the fastest times, I like to know , on what type of tires where they running when the set the fastest laps,

  43. savethemanual on March 15, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    Mercedes just need to remove the sandbags

  44. Mauricio Vega Cordovez on March 15, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    No wonder Haas survived awful conditions in 2021, They apparently had a 2022 winning ace under their sleeve.

  45. Albert j on March 15, 2022 at 6:07 pm

    we will see thing go first race

  46. InlineSix on March 15, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    I hope you’re right. Would love to see a title fight between Ferrari and Red Bull!

  47. s4desmo on March 15, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    “Done our best” and that in a nutshell defines the quality of this content FFS. Maybe you also should have sacrificed a chicken as well, for all the good your analysis is worth, let alone your grasp of the English language.