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2022 GRID Ranking

2022 GRID Ranking

2022 GRID Ranking

The 2022 GRID Ranking will be the sixth year of the premier motorsport ranking in the world. For the first time in the history of the GRID Ranking, there is no defending champion as Sébastien Ogier retired from full-time World Rally Championship (WRC) competition.

 

Every other GRID Ranking World Champion returns for the 2022 season, and three of the series will feature new cars and regulations. Formula 1 (F1), NASCAR Cup Series (NASCAR), and WRC will be sporting a new car. Formula E and Supercars are in their final season of the current generation of cars, with a new car in 2023.

The GRID Ranking kicks off with Week 1 Ranking on Sunday, April 3, 2022. The annual first Sunday of April promises to be an exciting day as we have a good day of racing and the GRID Ranking initial ranking for 2022!

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Sébastien Ogier
2021 GRID Ranking
World Champion

8 Series in 2022

For the first time since 2019, a new series will be joining the GRID Ranking. The W Series will be the eighth series to be included in the GRID Ranking.

The scores of the W Series will be weighted to factor in the series standing as a development series, utilizing Tatuus Formula 3, spec cars.

The addition of the W Series is to bring some of the top female racers into the discussion and more attention to the unrepresented groups of racers. None of the seven series in the GRID Ranking currently have a full-time female racer.

Had the W Series been scored in 2021, Jamie Chadwick would have finished in 25th place.

American Open Wheel = INDYCAR

American Stock Car = NASCAR

Electric Vehicles = Formula E

International Open Wheel = Formula 1

International Rally = World Rally Championship

International Touring / Stock Cars = Supercars Series

All-Female Racing Series = W Series

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Lewis Hamilton
2020 GRID Ranking
World Champion

Top 10 Finishers

The top 10 finishers are awarded points based on the FIA Point System used in scoring all FIA events for each points-paying race. Only the finishing racers will score points, as cars not classified or running at the end of the race are not awarded any points.

If a race scores half points, such as the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix (F1), the GRID will still award full points since it counted as a scored race that awarded points.

If a race is started but does not award points, such as race 30 of the Supercars Series in Sydney, then the GRID Ranking will not award points but count it as a race that had the intention to complete the full distance.

 

If a race is canceled and is not rescheduled, or an alternate venue hosts the canceled event, thus a shorter season, a deduction point system will be used towards the drivers in that series in the GRID Ranking. This is only activated when a series cancels and confirms a shorter season than published on the first race weekend of the year for that series.

If a racer is disqualified from their race, the points earned in the GRID Ranking are also deleted, and the newly adjusted finishing order will be awarded the points. 

 

Performance Points

Performance Points are awarded to each series except NASCAR as NASCAR has the advantage of the longest season and the largest field size of any series in the GRID Ranking. Some series are more prone to a season dominated by a few teams. Compared to another series with great parity and multiple winners. The performance points available are the following:

Positions Gained from Start to Finish: From the original starting position to the final position in the official results, bonus points are awarded based on the percentage of a racer pass. This is broken down into the following:

If a car is handed a post-qualifying penalty and relegated to a lower starting position, the original starting position is counted, not the lower position. The one exception is if a sprint race determines the starting grid.

Pole Winner: The racer that earns the pole is awarded one bonus point. This point is awarded even if there is a post-qualifying penalty or the racer loses pole position in a sprint race that determines the starting grid. 

1 Point.

Win from Pole: A racer is awarded three points if they win from the pole position. This is awarded since the pole-sitting racer cannot improve their position from start to finish. 3 Points

Point for each Consecutive Victory: One point is awarded for each consecutive victory in point-paying events. 

Marc Marquez
2019 GRID Ranking
World Champion

 

Marc Marquez
2018 GRID Ranking
World Champion

Top 5 In GRID Ranking

Finishing in the top 10 and performance points earned in each race are totaled up. The racer with the most points is rated first. The racer with the second-most points is scored second and continues down with the fewest points. Each series has an individual rating of the racers in that series. The top five racers in each series rating are advanced to the GRID Ranking.

The top five from each series make up the 40 racers in the GRID Ranking. 

 

GRID Ranking

The GRID Ranking takes the top five racers from each series, their scores and adds several equations to determine the full GRID Ranking. This includes the following:

 

Schedule: The strength in schedule is the number of races attempted compared to the number of races scheduled. A racer who runs part-time in a series will score lower than a racer who runs the entire season. This prevents a racer who only enters a handful of events and wins them, inflating their GRID ranking score.

A racer is scored as attempting to start a race once the entry list for that event is released, or the racer is at the track to start the race, whichever happens first. In 2019, Scott McLaughlin was in a hard crash during practice for the Gold Coast 600 and missed the following race. Since McLaughlin fully intended to start the race, the race counted as a start, but no points were awarded.

 

In 2020, Lewis Hamilton tested positive for COVID-19 a week before the Sakhir Grand Prix. Mercedes picked up George Russell to replace Lewis Hamilton for the race. Since the official entry list did not have Lewis Hamilton listed, the Sakhir Grand Prix did not count as a race he started. 

 

Points earned vs. Points available: The number of points available so far compared to the number of points a racer has earned. The points available do not include the performance points, but the performance points are counted as points the racer has earned. This bridges the gap between series and NASCAR.

 

Field Size: The strength in the competition is the number of competitors competing in each race. For series with under 30 entries per race, the most frequently largest field size is used to determine the strength in the competition. The most frequent field size is used for series with over 30 entries, regardless of size. NASCAR went from 37 in 2020 to 38 in 2021 since most races had a field of 38.

 

Indy 500: Since the Indianapolis 500 has no provisional and only the fastest 33 racers make the race, bonus points are awarded to those who qualify. One point for each racer that did not qualify is awarded to each racer. The 2021 Indianapolis 500 awarded two points to all qualified racers since two failed to qualify for the race. 

 

GRID Ranking World Champion

The GRID Ranking World Champion is crowned once a racer mathematically clinches it. All remaining positions are finalized once the final remaining series’s final race has concluded.

Martin Truex, Jr.
2017 GRID Ranking
World Champion