July 2022 Preview

This month is set to see a lot of racing from a lot of series from around the world. Some of which is covered below.

Formula 1

It is a busy month for Formula 1 as the it is due to hold four events in July. It will begin with the British Grand Prix on 3 July followed by the Austrian Grand Prix a week later on 10 July. There is a short break before Formula 1 completes the month with another double header consisting of the French Grand Prix, on 24 July, and the Hungarian Grand Prix on 31 July.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen will start the month leading the drivers’ championship from teammate Sergio Perez, with 46 points separating the two. There is then a three point gap between Perez and third placed Charles Leclerc.

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In the constructors’ championship Red Bull lead Ferrari by 76 points with Mercedes completing the top three in the standings. The German manufacturer is 40 points behind Ferrari going into July.

During the month Formula 1 is set to be supported by Formula 2 at all four events while Formula 3 will also be in action in Britain, Austria and Hungary. Felipe Drugovich leads the Formula 2 driver standings from Theo Pourchaire and Jehan Daruvala. In Formula 3 the driver standings are headed by Victor Martins ahead of Roman Stanek and Jak Crawford.

W Series

W Series are also set to return to action after a month off, the series last race having been in Spain on 21 May. This month will see W Series compete at Silverstone on 3 July, Circuit Paul Ricard on 24 July and then completing the month at the Hungaroring on 31 July.

Jamie Chadwick will start the month leading the drivers’ championship having won the opening three races of the season. She has a 37 point advantage over second placed Abbi Pulling, with Alice Powell completing the top three in the standings, 5 points behind Pulling.

Formula E

It is due to be a busy month for Formula E as it heads to Marrakesh on 2 July before holding a double header in New York between 16-17 July and then completing its month of racing with another double header in London between 30-31 July.

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Stoffel Vandoorne will begin the month leading the drivers’ championship by five points from second placed Jean-Eric Vergne. There is then a two point gap between Vergne and third placed Edoardo Mortara.

In the teams’ championship Mercedes currently leads by 16 points from DS Techeetah with Venturi Racing only one point behind in third.

IndyCar

It is also set to be a busy month for IndyCar with the series starting in Mid-Ohio on 3 July, then heading to Toronto on 17 July before holding a double header between 23-24 July in Iowa. The series will then complete the month with another race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on 30 July.

Marcus Ericsson starts the month leading the driver standings having followed up his Indy 500 win in late May with a seventh in Detroit and second at Road America. The Swede has a 27 point advantage over second placed Will Power who himself has a five point gap to third placed Josef Newgarden.

NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup Series is scheduled to hold five events this month starting on 3 July at Road America and then going to Atlanta on 10 July, followed a week later on 17 July where it will compete in New Hampshire. The Cup Series will then conclude the month with racing at Pocono on 24 July and finally Indianapolis on 31 July.

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Chase Elliott heads into July leading the driver standings from Ross Chastain and Ryan Blaney. In the playoff standings it is Elliott who heads Chastain with Joey Logano currently occupying third.

Extreme E

Having begun its second season of competition back in February with the Desert X-Prix in Saudi Arabia, Extreme E is finally back in action this month with a double header Island X-Prix which will take place in Sardinia. The first race will take place between 6-7 July while the second event will take place between 9-10 July.

As a reminder it was Rosberg X Racing who won the season opener ahead of Acciona | Sainz with third being taken by Team X44. It is also where McLaren XE made their debut in the series, finishing fifth behind Chip Ganassi Racing.

World Endurance Championship (WEC)

The WEC is scheduled to contest one event this month, the 6 Hours of Monza, on 10 July.

In Hypercar the #36 Alpine leads the drivers’ championship ahead of the #8 Toyota by three points with the #708 Glickenhaus third in the standings who are nine points behind the second placed Toyota. It is also worth noting that this month’s event at Monza should see the debut of Peugeot’s 9X8 hypercar in the championship.

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Thanks to their victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans the #38 Jota heads the LMP2 driver standings, 11 points ahead of the #23 United Autosports entry. The top three in LMP2 is completed by the #9 Prema which is six points behind second place

In the GTE Pro class it is the #91 Porsche that leads ahead of the #92 Porsche in the drivers’ championship by three points with third occupied by the #51 AF Corse which is two points behind second place.

Lastly in GTE Am the #33 TF Sport leads the standings, eight points ahead of second placed #98 Northwest AMR. It is then the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing that is the third placed entry in the standings.

World Rally Championship (WRC)

The WRC is expected to contest just one rally this month, in Estonia between 14-17 July. the seventh event of the 2022 season.

Going into the rally leading the championship for drivers will be Kalle Rovanpera who finished fifth at Rally Italia Sardegna before going on to claim his fourth win of the season at the Safari Rally. The Finn has a 65 point advantage over second placed Thierry Neuville whose only points finish in June came at the Safari Rally where the Belgian finished fifth. Neuville has an 18 point advantage over joint third placed Ott Tanak and Takamoto Katsuta, the former claiming victory at Rally Italia Sardegna while the latter claimed third at the Safari Rally.

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In the championship for manufacturers Toyota leads by 62 points from Hyundai with 40 points separating it and third placed M-Sport Ford going into this month.

Super Formula

The Japanese Super Formula championship is set to contest its third race at Fuji Speedway on 17 July, after the season opening double header back in April.

Tomoki Nojiri heads the drivers’ championship 17 points clear of second placed Ryo Hirakawa after the former finished third at Sugo while the latter finished seventh. It was Sacha Fenestraz who won in Sugo, the Frenchman’s first race victory in Super Formula, which sees him start July third in the standings seven points behind Hirakawa and 25 points ahead of fourth placed Ritomo Miyata.

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