Sergio Pérez delivered a faultless drive in extremely difficult conditions to claim the 2022 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix victory on Sunday, as Oracle Red Bull Racing team-mate Max Verstappen finished third to maintain his lead in the Formula One World Championship standings.
On a weekend where Ferrari had held the advantage on-track, heavy rain that delayed the start of the race provided Oracle Red Bull Racing the opportunity to devise a new strategy, which they played to perfection, allowing Pérez to undercut early race leader Charles Leclerc on Lap 19 after switching to intermediate tyres two laps earlier.
From there, Pérez drove perfectly in rapidly drying conditions and despite a stressful temporary red flag situation led all the way home to win his first Monaco Grand Prix.
Another perfectly timed pit stop to switch on to slick tyres also allowed Max Verstappen to leapfrog Leclerc and finish third behind Pérez and Carlos Sainz to put both Oracle Red Bull Racing cars on the podium again after a 1-2 in the Spanish Grand Prix the previous weekend.
The result allowed Verstappen to extend his lead at the top of the Drivers’ Standings over Leclerc to nine points, while third-placed Pérez also closed the gap to Leclerc down to six points. Oracle Red Bull Racing now lead the 2022 Constructors’ Standings by 36 points.
First of all congratulations to Checo, he did an incredible job today. As a team we did a really great job, we managed a good strategy. Of course, finishing third for me isn’t ideal, but I wasn’t able to improve my lap time yesterday so that’s just how it goes. In the heat of the battle and with the hectic start, we stayed calm as a team, we made good decisions. The strategy paid off with Checo winning, so that was the biggest positive of the day. I’m really proud of the team effort this weekend and getting two cars onto the podium.
It was really hard for me to think straight after the race, I was full of adrenaline and so much energy going through the race. Once I heard my national anthem on the podium here it hit me. It’s a dream come true for any driver in the world to tick that box in Monaco and I can just be extremely happy. We were quick all weekend, we kept our heads down and knew today with the right strategy we could make things happen. This win was for my mum and all my family, she was very sick last week, so I had very good motivation going into this race to get her a victory. It’s been an incredible day, I’m super happy for the whole team and I hope my country is proud too. You don’t win Monaco many times in your life, so the first one is very special.
Christian Horner – Team Principal & CEO
It has been an amazing day for us and an amazing day for Checo. He’s been on it all weekend, so it’s a well-deserved victory. The teamwork and for both of our drivers to pick off a Ferrari was fantastic. Checo is doing a great job this year, in Jeddah, he had that amazing pole and the time delta between him and Max has been a lot closer this year. To win this race is a deserved victory. Max hasn’t quite had the car where he wanted this weekend, but he’s pleased with that result, he’s beaten Charles and kept his championship lead, which was the goal. Through great teamwork from the drivers, on the pit wall, in the garage and back in Milton Keynes we optimised our performance this weekend, so we are very happy.