2022 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix highlights

large-2022 Bahrain Grand Prix – Sunday


Charles Leclerc won a blockbuster 2022 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix as Carlos Sainz backed up a Ferrari one-two – as Red Bull suffered a double DNF to give Lewis Hamilton the final podium place in a stunning start to the season.

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Verstappen, starting P2, attempted to undercut Ferrari’s pole-sitter Leclerc on Lap 15, cutting down what was a 3.5s deficit to just 0.35s when Leclerc emerged in the lead on Lap 16. That triggered a three-lap box-office bout for the lead, Leclerc hanging on when Verstappen locked up into Turn 1 on Lap 19.

The second round of pit stops, again catalysed by Verstappen, took place on Lap 31 but this time Leclerc had a far more comfortable lead. Everything was straightforward until Verstappen pitted on Lap 44.

Two laps later, Pierre Gasly brought out the Safety Car when his AlphaTauri stopped in flames, and Leclerc took the opportunity to pit too. The Lap 51 restart saw Leclerc scamper off into the distance while Verstappen – nursing a steering issue and upset by what he suspected was a power unit glitch – just couldn’t keep up.

Sainz capitalised on Verstappen’s woes and took P2 off the champion on Lap 54, Perez and Hamilton following suit. Having challenged for the lead earlier on, it ended up being a terrible day for the world champion, who ended up retiring at the end of that tour.

Hamilton was right on Perez’s tail – and then the Mexican began to complain of a power unit issue, and it turned from bad to worse for the reigning drivers’ championship-winning team when Perez spun at Turn 1 when his engine gave way on the final lap, giving Hamilton the final podium place.

Russell, who started ninth, enjoyed superior race pace to the midfielders and took P4 after the Red Bulls retired, ahead of Kevin Magnussen – fifth for Haas on his return to F1.

Valtteri Bottas rescued P6 after a poor start for Alfa Romeo, while Esteban Ocon shrugged off a penalty early on for contact with Mick Schumacher to take a surprise seventh.

In P8 was AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda, solid on his final stint and in the final restart, while Fernando Alonso shrugged off the poor pace in his second stint to take ninth. And on debut, Zhou Guanyu took points for Alfa Romeo – Mick Schumacher missing out in P11.

The 2022 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix gave us a lot of excitement and we can’t wait for the next race!

Mario Isola – Head of F1 and car racing at Pirelli commented:

The championship debut at the 2022 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix of the new Formula 1 regulations with our latest 18-inch tyres delivered a race with plenty of excitement from start to finish and some great battles. We are satisfied with how the tyres performed. The soft and medium compounds were key here, while the hard represented an alternative and more consistent choice. The lower temperature of the tyre blankets this year also contributed to the challenge of putting the tyres in the correct window, making the undercut for the hard less powerful than usual, while the abrasive nature of the track ensured that it was going to be at least two stops for every driver. The strategy was also influenced by the late safety car, which finally led to three stops and set up a dramatic sprint finish to the race. Congratulations to Ferrari for their one-two!

2022 Formula 1 Bahrain GP Race Results

1.16Charles LeclercMonacoScuderia Ferrari1:37:33.5842626
2.55Carlos SainzSpainScuderia Ferrari+5.598s1818
3.44Lewis HamiltonGreat BritainMercedes-AMG Petronas+9.675s1515
4.63George RussellGreat BritainMercedes-AMG Petronas+11.211s1212
5.20Kevin MagnussenDenmarkHaas F1 Team+14.754s1010
6.77Valtteri BottasFinlandAlfa Romeo F1 Team+16.119s88
7.31Esteban OconFranceAlpine F1 Team+19.423s66
8.22Yuki TsunodaJapanScuderia AlphaTauri+20.386s44
9.14Fernando AlonsoSpainAlpine F1 Team+22.390s22
10.24Zhou GuanyuChinaAlfa Romeo F1 Team+23.064s11
11.47Mick SchumacherGermanyHaas F1 Team+32.574s00
12.18Lance StrollCanadaAston Martin F1 Team+45.873s00
13.23Alexander AlbonThailandWilliams Racing+53.932s00
14.3Daniel RicciardoAustraliaMcLaren Racing+54.975s00
15.4Lando NorrisGreat BritainMclaren Racing+56.335s00
16.6Nicholas LatifiCanadaWilliams Racing+61.795s00
17.27Nico HulkenbergGermanyAston Martin F1 Team+63.829s00
18.11Sergio PerezMexicoRed Bull Racing HondaDNF00
19.1Max VerstappenNetherlandsRed Bull RacingDNF00
20.10Pierre GaslyFranceScuderia AlphaTauriDNF00

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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