2022 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix highlights

F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan


Max Verstappen led a Red Bull one-two in the 2022 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix after the retirements of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, giving Mercedes’ George Russell P3 at Baku.

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Pole-sitter Charles Leclerc lost the lead at the start but regained it when the leading Red Bull of Max Verstappen pitted on Lap 19. One lap later, Leclerc’s race went up in a puff of smoke and he crawled back to the pits to retire. This would be Ferrari’s second retirement of the race as Carlos Sainz stopped with a hydraulic failure on Lap 9.

Leclerc’s DNF left Verstappen ahead of Sergio Perez (who took the fastest lap) in a one-two for Red Bull, with Mercedes driver Russell promoted into the final podium place, having started fifth.

Teammate and Driver of the Day, Lewis Hamilton, started seventh and finished fourth having pitted during the VSC on Lap 10 and the following one on Lap 34, passing Pierre Gasly 10 laps later with the benefit of newer tyres. The AlphaTauri driver finished fifth having started sixth.

Sebastian Vettel took P6 for Aston Martin having begun the race on medium tyres, pitting during the first VSC and finishing the race on hards.

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso started 10th but made it up to seventh having begun on medium tyres, going long on his first stint and pitting after 18 laps to finish the race on hard tyres and beat both McLarens to P7.

Daniel Ricciardo finished eighth from 12th, starting on hards to jump Lando Norris (P9). Rounding out the top 10 was Esteban Ocon, who started from 13th on hard tyres and took the final point for Alpine.

Valtteri Bottas missed out on points in P11, the Alfa Romeo driver having begun on hard tyres and, like Ricciardo, pitted during the second VSC of the race.

Alex Albon made it up to P12 for Williams after starting 17th. He finished ahead of Yuki Tsunoda, the AlphaTauri driver dropping from sixth to 13th late on with a DRS issue.

Mick Schumacher took 14th ahead of Nicholas Latifi, 15 seconds worth of penalties leaving him 15th and last.

Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu was the third retiree of the race, the #24 pulling into the pits on Lap 24. He was joined by Kevin Magnussen, whose stoppage brought out the second VSC of the race, and Lance Stroll, a suspected engine issue stopping the Aston Martin driver three laps from the end.

Mario Isola – Motorsport Director, Pirelli:

2022 Formula 1 Azerbaijan GP

In all likelihood, this would have been a one-stop race, but the opportunities presented by the virtual safety cars for pit stops with minimal time loss were too good for several of the teams to ignore. This influenced the timing of the pit stops and therefore the strategy. We still saw seven of the 15 finishers stopping only once, which underlines the durability as well as the performance of the tyres here. With the conditions as they were, on a hot track featuring high speeds, it was clear that the harder compounds were best suited to today’s race: a fact that many of the teams had anticipated by saving more than one set of hard tyres for the Grand Prix.

2022 Formula 1 Azerbaijan GP Race Results

1.1Max VerstappenNetherlandsRed Bull Racing Honda1:34:05.94125150
2.11Sergio PerezMexicoRed Bull Racing Honda+20.823s19129
3.63George RussellGreat BritainMercedes-AMG Petronas+45.995s1599
4.44Lewis HamiltonGreat BritainMercedes-AMG Petronas+71.679s1262
5.10Pierre GaslyFranceScuderia AlphaTauri+77.299s1016
6.5Sebastian VettelGermanyAston Martin F1 Team+84.099s813
7.14Fernando AlonsoSpainAlpine F1 Team+88.596s616
8.3Daniel RicciardoAustraliaMcLaren Racing+92.207s415
9.4Lando NorrisGreat BritainMclaren Racing+92.556s250
10.31Esteban OconFranceAlpine F1 Team+108.184s131
11.77Valtteri BottasFinlandAlfa Romeo F1 Team+1 lap040
12.23Alexander AlbonThailandWilliams Racing+1 lap03
13.22Yuki TsunodaJapanScuderia AlphaTauri+1 lap011
14.47Mick SchumacherGermanyHaas F1 Team+1 lap00
15.6Nicholas LatifiCanadaWilliams Racing+1 lap00
16.18Lance StrollCanadaAston Martin F1 TeamDNF02
17.20Kevin MagnussenDenmarkHaas F1 TeamDNF015
18.24Zhou GuanyuChinaAlfa Romeo F1 TeamDNF01
19.16Charles LeclercMonacoScuderia FerrariDNF0116
20.55Carlos SainzSpainScuderia FerrariDNF083

2022 Constructor Standings

1.Red Bull Racing759
1.Scuderia Ferrari554
3.Mercedes-AMG F1 Team515
4.Alpine F1 Team173
5.McLaren Racing159
6.Alfa Romeo Racing55
7.Aston Martin F1 Team55
8.Haas F1 Team37
9.Scuderia AlphaTauri35
10.Williams Racing8

Here are the team-by-team highlights:

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