F1 2022 Drivers' Standings - in pictures

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc trails defending champion Max Verstappen after first 11 races

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The 2022 Formula One season is approaching its halfway stage and Max Verstappen is in pole position to defend his drivers' title.

The Red Bull driver, who won his maiden world championship in extraordinary circumstances in Abu Dhabi last year, tops the standings after the first 11 races having won six races so far.

The Dutchman is trailed by Ferrari rival Charles Leclerc, who shrugged off his disappointment from the British Grand Prix — where he led for much of the race until a botched tyre strategy meant he had to settle for fourth — by winning the Austrian Grand Prix.

Verstappen's Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez occupies third having won his first Grand Prix in Monaco, before finishing second at Silverstone, but a DNF in Austria dealt a setback to his title hopes.

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz sits fourth and like Perez suffered an early retirement at Spielberg the week after his maiden victory in the UK.

Fifth and sixth are occupied by the two Mercedes, George Russell leading seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, followed by Lando Norris of McLaren.

The full drivers' standings can be viewed in the photo gallery above. To move on to the next photo, click on the arrows or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.

Updated: July 11, 2022, 10:43 AM