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Fernando Alonso

Who are the most experienced F1 drivers on the grid in 2022?

The 20 drivers taking part in the 2022 F1 season have varying amounts of experience. Who are the seasoned veterans and which drivers are still wet behind the ears?

Fernando Alonso
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The 20 drivers that will line up on the grid in Bahrain for F1 2022's season opener have hugely varying levels of experience.

With 20+ Grands Prix a season nowadays, drivers racing for 10 years can rack up more than 200 races worth of experience – many drivers from decades past finished their entire careers with that number of races under their belts.

In 2022, it is no surprise that the oldest driver, Fernando Alonso, is the one with the most mileage behind him. The Spaniard enters his 334th Grand Prix in Bahrain, despite having sat out three years of F1 since making his debut back in 2001. Missing the 2002 season as well as electing not to race in 2019 and 2020, Alonso returned to F1 with Alpine for 2021.

With Kimi Raikkonen retiring at the season finale in 2021, Alonso takes over as the most experienced man on the grid. Should he start every race this season, he will also become F1's most experienced driver ever.

At the other end of the scale, Guanyu Zhou lines up with no Grands Prix behind him. The Chinese driver is the only rookie on the grid, just behind the three 2021 rookies Nikita Mazepin, Mick Schumacher and Yuki Tsunoda.

F1 driver experience in 2022

Position Driver Number of Grands Prix
1. Alonso 333
2. Hamilton 288
3. Vettel 279
4. Perez 213
5. Ricciardo 210
6. Bottas 178
7. Verstappen 141
8. Sainz 140
9. Stroll 100
10. Ocon 89
11. Gasly 86
12. Leclerc 80
13. Norris 60
14. Russell 60
15. Latifi 39
16. Albon 38
17. Schumacher 22
18. Tsunoda 22
19. Mazepin 21
20. Zhou 0

The most experienced F1 drivers ever

Given the aforementioned number of races held in modern F1 seasons, it is little wonder that the tables of the most experienced drivers ever are populated by fairly contemporary names.

Raikkonen tops the table ahead of Alonso, while Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher slot in behind after racing for the best part of two decades each.

Lewis Hamilton is sixth on the list, but will move up to fourth on the all-time list once he completes this season – moving ahead of Schumacher and former teammate Jenson Button.

All-time F1 driver experience

Position Driver Number of Grands Prix
1. Raikkonen 349
2. Alonso 333
3. Barrichello 322
4. Schumacher 306
5. Button 306
6. Hamilton 288
7. Vettel 279
8. Massa 269
9. Patrese 256
10. Trulli 252
11. Coulthard 246
12. Fisichella 229
13. Webber 215
14. Perez 213
15. Berger 210
16. Ricciardo 210
17. De Cesaris 208
18. Rosberg 206
19. Nelson Piquet sr. 204
20. Alesi 201
21. Prost 199
22. Alboreto 194
23. Mansell 187
24. Heidfeld 183
25. Ralf Schumacher 180
26. Hulkenberg 179
27. Grosjean 179
28. Bottas 178
29. Laffite 176
30. Graham Hill 175
31. Lauda 171
32. Boutsen 163
33. Villeneuve 163
34. Senna 161
35. Herbert 161
36. Hakkinen 161
37. Brundle 158
38. Panis 158
39. Frentzen 156
40. Watson 152
41. Arnoux 149
42. Reutemann 146
43. Warwick 146
44. Irvine 146
45. Emerson Fittipaldi 144
46. Max Verstappen 141
47. Sainz 140
48. Jarier 134
49. Regazzoni 132
50. Cheever 132

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