2022 Formula 1 British Grand Prix highlights

GP GRAN BRETAGNA F1/2022 – DOMENICA 03/07/2022
Red Bull Racing


Oracle Red Bull Racing’s Sergio Pérez battled back from last place for a sensational podium finish at the British Grand Prix on Sunday as reigning world champion teammate Max Verstappen dug in for valuable points in the defence of his title.

After starting in second and following a red flag for Zhou Guanyu’s opening-lap crash, an early puncture saw Dutchman Verstappen slip down the field however he managed to complete the race in the points as Mexican Pérez held off Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and home hero Lewis Hamilton late on after a safety car for a brilliant second place.

Verstappen now leads the 2022 driver standings by 34 points from Pérez, while Oracle Red Bull Racing leads Ferrari by 63 points in the constructors’ standings with Scuderia AlphaTauri in seventh overall.

Max Verstappen

Seventh place is a good result considering the damage I had on the car and with Checo on the podium, we’ve scored some good points for the Team. I, of course, had hoped for more but today was just unlucky. I had a look at the car during the red flag and the whole of the underneath on the left-hand side was ruptured. I hit a huge piece of debris; I think it was carbon. As I was driving it felt like a puncture as I had no balance and a lot of oversteering. The car was a handful to drive, I tried to find a good aero balance but it was difficult. I understand that Alex is having precautionary checks at the hospital, so I hope that he’s okay. It’s never nice to see these things and today proved once again that the halo is a massive improvement for safety, I think without it Zhou would have been in a different state.

Sergio Pérez

It is a good day for us and the Team after such a messy weekend for us. Physically I wasn’t one hundred per cent this week and after lap one I was last, so to come away with second place is a great result. I was so unlucky on the first lap making contact with Charles, that I broke my front wing and had to drop to the back. So we had to fight for it and it feels good to have a result like this. I am also very happy for Carlos and to share his first win with him is a nice moment for him and his family. I enjoyed the racing today a lot, we were fighting hard and fair and it felt like my karting days. Everyone was pushing really hard and going wheel to wheel, my heart rate was pretty high on those last laps. It was a race where it was important not to give up.

Christian Horner – Team Principal & CEO

It was a phenomenal performance today from Checo after the damage he sustained to the front wing end-plate on the first lap, we had to change the nose and his drive back through the field was just sensational. He benefitted from the safety car which enabled us to put on a fresh set of tyres, but his pace and race-craft were just exceptional. For Max, he’d taken the lead and was in a commanding position but unfortunately, some debris did a lot of damage to the floor of the car which lead to a massive loss of downforce. It was unfortunate because I think it would have been a fantastic race for him today, but every point counts and he fought as hard for P7 as he would for the win. The biggest result today is that all drivers are in reasonable shape considering the scale of the crashes we saw today and we hope to see Alex and Zhou fighting fit in Austria next week.

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