Red Bull’s Sergio Perez won his first race this year by 1.1 seconds after a nailbiting end to the 2022 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, with Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen unable to make it past the Mexican – and Charles Leclerc losing out after dropping from pole to P4.
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Rain saw the start delayed and, at 1518 local time, drivers completed one lap, heading back to the pits as a red flag was called. Gazebos unfurled and teams waited until 1605 for a rolling race start behind the Safety Car on wet tyres. The Safety Car pulled in for Lap 3 of 77 and Leclerc led away with Sainz, Perez and Verstappen in tow.
The front-runners swapped to intermediates, with Perez coming in first on Lap 17, Leclerc and Verstappen following two laps later, while Sainz skipped straight to hards with a switch on Lap 21, Leclerc following for a Ferrari double-stack. Red Bull followed one lap later and pulled off an overcut with their own double-stack – the order was now Perez, Sainz, Verstappen and a furious Leclerc in P4.
Mick Schumacher spun and crashed spectacularly at Swimming Pool on Lap 27, bringing out another red flag on Lap 30. He walked away, the gearbox and rear suspension having detached from his Haas. Resumption came with a rolling start on Lap 33, Ferrari on hards while Red Bull opted for mediums.
Perez held his lead and the mediums held their own on the restart but began to drop off past the Lap 55 mark, with around 10 minutes remaining. It was now that Sainz, Verstappen and Leclerc closed in. The Mexican almost lost out in the dying moments of the race, Sainz almost sticking his nose in front at the hairpin, but victory would be his – a huge statement after a disappointing Spanish Grand Prix.
With the race timer showing zero on Lap 64, Perez’s margin of victory was just 1.154s over Sainz, Verstappen just 0.337s behind the Spaniard, and Leclerc shocked to finish 2.9s off in P4.
Having skipped a stop for intermediates – going straight from wets to slicks – George Russell rounded out the top five for Mercedes ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris.
Alpine’s Fernando Alonso started seventh and finished there despite Lewis Hamilton hanging on his tail for much of the late phase.
Hamilton had taken damage in an early scrap with Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, the Frenchman has then given a five-second penalty. Despite finishing ninth, he was thus demoted to 12th, giving Valtteri Bottas P9 for Alfa Romeo and Sebastian Vettel the final point for Aston Martin.
Pierre Gasly’s early charge on intermediates was cut short at P12 when the track dried up and he finished 12th, promoted to 11th thanks to Ocon’s penalty.
Daniel Ricciardo missed out in P13 ahead of Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll, the last driver on the lead lap.
Late mistakes saw Yuki Tsunoda finish last and 17th behind Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu and 15th place Williams driver Nicholas Latifi.
There were three retirees, with Kevin Magnussen bowing out before Schumacher’s heavy crash, and Alex Albon quitting late on from last-place.
Mario Isola – Motorsport Director, Pirelli:
This was one of those unpredictable Monaco races where strategy was dictated by who reacted best to changing circumstances, with those who took a chance sometimes rewarded. The changing weather after two days of sunshine added a number of complications to what should otherwise have been a reasonably straightforward race strategy, with the decision about when to get off the full wet tyre and which tyre to put on next being absolutely critical, on very slippery street asphalt that clearly affected the crossover point, rather than temperatures. Added to this were a number of unforeseeable factors such as the safety car and red flag, which required yet more immediate decisions – influenced also of course by which tyres the drivers had available to them.
Perez’s decision to use the medium for the final stint helped him to seal the race victory, ahead of Carlos Sainz on the hard, although Perez also had to manage his tyres in the closing stages. Every tyre in our Formula 1 range was used during this race, with all performing well despite a completely unknown set of conditions and crossover points on the tightest and most unforgiving track of the season.
2022 Formula 1 Monaco GP Race Results
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|Alpine F1 Team
|Alfa Romeo F1 Team
|Aston Martin F1 Team
|Alpine F1 Team
|Aston Martin F1 Team
|Alfa Romeo F1 Team
|Haas F1 Team
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2022 Constructor Standings
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|Mercedes-AMG F1 Team
|Alpine F1 Team
|Alfa Romeo Racing
|Aston Martin F1 Team
|Haas F1 Team
Here are the team-by-team highlights:Red Bull Racing
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.
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In a rain-affected Monaco Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari was unable to turn yesterday’s front row qualifying into the result it was hoping for and had to settle for 30 points, courtesy of a second-place for Carlos Sainz and a fourth for Charles Leclerc in what was a particularly frustrating race for the Monegasque driver.
Just prior to the start, it began to rain heavily, with the race start delayed for over an hour, after the cars had completed two laps behind the Safety Car on a very wet track. Once the race was underway, the track soon started to dry and so, on lap 16, the first of the front runners to pit and switch from Wet to Intermediate tyres was Sergio Perez. Leclerc made the same change two laps later, as did Max Verstappen. Sainz however, stayed out until lap 22, switching straight to slicks and it was decided to do the same with Charles, calling him in at the same time for a double stop. This played into Red Bull’s hands as Sergio Perez managed to get ahead of Carlos and Verstappen did the same with Charles. The race was more or less over at this point, although it was stopped one more time after Mick Schumacher had a huge accident at the swimming pool, from which he, fortunately, emerged unscathed. The F1-75 was faster than its rivals but the positions remained unchanged.
Charles Leclerc #16
I’m disappointed to have lost this win and it’s a tough one to take, especially at home. It will be important to understand exactly what happened to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.
In the first pit stop, we went from extreme wets to Intermediates and got undercut by Perez. Three laps later, I stopped again, behind Carlos, and lost two more positions. It’s just impossible to overtake in Monaco without taking huge risks, so I stayed put to bring home as many points as possible and I guess that fourth is the best we could do under these circumstances. Mistakes happen, unfortunately, today we made too many.
I love my team and I am sure that we will come back stronger.
Carlos Sainz #55
It was a tough race but overall I cannot be too disappointed. We made the right call to go from wet tyres to slicks but unfortunately a lapped car in my out-lap cost me too much time and we missed the opportunity to take the lead. After my pit stop, I rejoined right behind Perez and that was it. Overtaking here is extremely challenging and with some wet patches off the racing line, it was even more difficult today. It is a tough one to digest because the win was there for the taking, but I gave it my all out there and we’ll come back stronger as a team for the next doubleheader.
Mattia Binotto, Team Principal & Managing Director
When you start with your two cars on the front row and you don’t win, it means something went wrong from our side. I think we made a few poor decisions and we paid the price. I am sorry for Charles, because it’s his home race, so it was particularly important for him, as indeed it was for all of us.
There were other elements that affected today’s result, such as the traffic that both our drivers encountered when they rejoined the track after their pit stops, a factor that probably cost Carlos the win. Mistakes can happen, but it’s important to learn from them and take them as an opportunity to improve. Over the next few days, we will analyse this race in detail, as part of our preparation for the upcoming back-to-back races in Azerbaijan and Canada.
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George was able to gain one position during the race, passing NOR after the switch to dry tyres to claim P5. He struggled with right front graining in the final laps.
Lewis spent much of his race bottled up behind the two Alpine cars – first OCO, whose robust defence earned him a five-second penalty for one incident and broke Lewis’s front wing in a second incident not captured on TV – then ALO, whose slow pace after the red flag period consigned Lewis to a P8 finish.
The team consolidated P3 in the constructors’ championship and now has 134 points.
That was one of those days in Monaco – stuck behind other cars for most of the race and, in the end, just cruising but not able to overtake. I was glad when the rain came because that usually creates opportunities, unfortunately, it didn’t play out that way and we couldn’t get past Ocon when I was running on the intermediates. It’s been a tough weekend and I’ve had some unlucky situations, like the red flag in qualifying, so I’m looking forward now to turning the page and heading to Baku. It’s a different kind of track, even though there are some similarities to the slow corners here in Monaco, but hopefully, we can move forward and show a better level of performance as we saw in Barcelona.
That was a tough afternoon out there, very physical with the bumpy ride of the car, and a long afternoon across a range of conditions. It was tricky in the wet, holding onto the wet tyres for as long as possible, then I had a nice dice with Lando after the stops – and some strong pace on the hard tyre. It was tough on the medium in the second part of the race, with a lot of graining towards the end, but P5 is still a decent result. We encountered some of the limitations of our car at this track, but we’ve learned a lot and can put that to good use in the coming weeks to take another step forward. Overall, it’s a decent result and I’m confident that we’ve got stronger days ahead of us.
That was the usual chaotic race in Monaco – and once again, a lesson that we need to look at this circuit layout, so people can’t drive around five seconds off the pace in a procession. This is a fantastic venue and spectacle – but it would be great if the racing could be at the same level. With the length of the race, and the delays and interruptions, it felt more like an NFL game than a Grand Prix – but I’m not sure that much else could have been done.
We need to give the race directors credit for managing a difficult situation; the rain at the beginning was torrential, and then there was an issue with the connectivity for the TV broadcast which meant we couldn’t get going. When we finally did, it was a strong afternoon for George – and a really frustrating one for Lewis. There were the laps stuck with Esteban, who got penalised for the collision, then the slow pace from Alonso, without which Lewis could have been racing Lando and George.
It was another reminder that track position is everything here – and that we are the third team on the road. We have learned some important lessons about the car this weekend, and that learning will be the basis of rebuilding our performance to fight again at the front of the field.
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Hear from McLaren Formula 1 drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, and Team Principal Andreas Seidl after the 2022 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix.
It was a good day for me. We lost out to the Mercedes in the first pit stop, which was a close call, but you win some, you lose some, and in this case today we just lost out. I think the team did a really good job, I had a competitive car, and it was an enjoyable race; it’s impossible to describe what it’s like to drive an F1 car around Monaco in the rain – it’s very tough. We have a lot of things to review now as a team to try to do better for next time, but we still got some decent points and it was nice to get the fastest lap towards the end as well, so I’m satisfied with the weekend. I look forward to the next race in Baku.
We knew today was going to be tough. Obviously being Monaco, results are heavily based on qualifying so yesterday really shaped the weekend. I think when we saw the rain come that was quite a surprise – just how quickly and heavy it came. We thought maybe there was some opportunity there, but obviously, everyone kind of ended up filling into similar strategies. In any case, we ultimately just weren’t quick enough this weekend. So not much more to say. It was cool having a full crowd back. The atmosphere here was fun. I would have loved to have put a bit more of a show on, but that wraps up the weekend.
We’re leaving Monaco with P6 and the fastest lap for Lando. Nine points are more than our competitors for P4 in the Constructors’ Championship managed, which makes this a very positive outcome. Lando showed strong pace all weekend. In the rapidly changing conditions, we had a 50:50 call that just didn’t work out for us, and he lost a position – but he didn’t put a foot wrong today in challenging conditions. For Daniel, starting in P14, we were hoping for opportunities to come our way, but nothing did, and we could only make up one position to finish P13. Such is the nature of racing in Monaco.
“Overall, it’s been very encouraging to see the pace we’ve had in the car all weekend. It’s been a very long, very hot two weeks on the road for this double-header. My thanks to the entire team, trackside and back at the factory, together with our colleagues at Mercedes HPP, for the great effort. We get a weekend off now, before setting out on our next double-header. We’ll rest, reset and get ready to go again.
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Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN brought home two points from a chaotic, rain-affected Monaco Grand Prix. Both Valtteri Bottas, ninth at the chequered flag, and Zhou Guanyu, 16th, managed to gain places from their starting positions, continuing the team’s scoring streak on a challenging weekend for Alfa Romeo F1 Team ORLEN.
Valtteri Bottas (car number 77)
It’s been a pretty long race, but we can be happy we made our opportunities count as a team. It was really easy to make mistakes out there and I am glad we didn’t: gaining positions in Monaco is never easy, so to end up in the points from P12 on the grid means it wasn’t a bad day. We made the right strategic calls, which was a challenge as it was not easy to choose which tyres to pick at any time. We took some calculated risks and they paid off.
Zhou Guanyu (car number 24)
It was a challenging Sunday, but I think we achieved the maximum we could get. Part of the race was just about surviving, defending hard in the wet – especially when we had to keep going on the wet tyres on a drying track to make our strategy work. It was a good experience to race here in these conditions, my only scare was when I had a snap fighting Tsunoda, but I saved it. The Monaco experience as a whole was tough, but I didn’t do any mistakes and I was matching the pace of the cars in the midfield, so I can be satisfied with that.
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal
The conditions out there were treacherous and to bring home two cars is the primary objective, and we achieved it. We knew that, after a difficult Saturday, scoring would have required a really good race are we were able to deliver one. We chose an aggressive strategy that would allow us to make up some positions, and we were able to gain ground with both cars. The two points Valtteri scored allow us to keep the fifth place in the constructors’ championship and they’re a good return for the weekend.
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BWT Alpine F1 Team’s Fernando Alonso made it back-to-back points-scoring finishes after taking seventh place in a rain-affected and twice red-flagged 2022 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix. Esteban Ocon crossed the line in ninth, but a five-second time penalty for causing a collision meant the Frenchman left without scoring points as he finished in twelfth place.
Heavy rain in the region minutes before the race at 15:00 pm meant the start was twice delayed before laps under the Safety Car were brought to a halt by the first of two red flags. Once racing resumed, both drivers ran full Wet tyres on a challenging first stint with some other teams pitting early for Intermediates. Both drivers remained on Wets before double stopping for Hard tyres on lap 21, with an eye on driving to the end of the 78-lap race.
The second red flag for Mick Schumacher’s heavy crash after the Swimming Pool chicane on lap 30, brought a further delay to the afternoon. Both Fernando and Esteban swapped to Mediums in the interval looking to conserve and go to the end of the race, which was now against the clock. Fernando managed his tyres and pace to cross the line in a comfortable seventh place with Esteban behind in ninth. However, a five-second time penalty applied after the race for an incident with Lewis Hamilton meant Esteban ended in twelfth and outside of the points.
It was a very difficult race today with the conditions, so we can be pleased with a seventh-place finish and more points added to the championship. It was a tricky race to manage with difficult choices on strategy at times, but we did everything well as a team and it was all well managed. At the wheel, it was not easy, and I had to be careful at times not to make any mistakes to make sure we brought the car home in the points. On the dry stints, because of what we learned on Friday, we had to be careful on the tyres, especially for me after the second-red flag. We held on to seventh comfortably, so I’m pretty pleased with today’s job.
Today’s result is tough to swallow, and I’m frustrated that we leave Monaco without scoring points. Inside the car, it felt like a racing incident with Lewis [Hamilton], especially at a track like Monaco where any overtake attempt is likely to involve some contact. The team has worked so hard all weekend, especially in finding the gains between Friday and Saturday, and we now leave without scoring deserved double points. We’ll have to move forward and I’m looking to put it right in Baku where we race next.
Laurent Rossi, CEO Alpine
Today’s Monaco Grand Prix was very eventful and it’s always good when you come out of those races with strong points in the bag. As a team, we were expecting it to be a challenging weekend at a circuit with so many slow-speed corners, which does not tend to suit our car. We’ve had to dig deep all weekend to make improvements between Friday and Saturday, which not only helped us this weekend but also bodes well for the future where we can take forward this knowledge in adapting our car to all types of tracks. Both drivers drove good races today to cross the line in seventh and ninth, respectively, which is probably where we deserved to be in today’s race. Esteban’s time penalty is a tough one as it was probably 50-50, so we won’t dwell too much on it and we’ll keep our heads down and look ahead to the next one.
I’d like to thank everyone in the team for their hard work after a very busy two weeks across Spain and Monaco. We’ll take some rest this week before refocusing ourselves for Azerbaijan and Canada next time out where we’re hungry to add two lots of double points.
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Scuderia AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly just missed a points-scoring finish after driving a strong race around the Circuit de Monaco to pass his way up from 17th on the grid to 11th at the finish after adopting an aggressive tyre strategy, while team-mate Yuki Tsunoda finished in 17th place.
We started 17th and finished 11th, so considering Monaco and the track layout, I think we can be happy with this today. When I saw the rain on the grid I had a massive smile on my face, as I knew it was our opportunity to try something different and to hopefully move forward. We took some risks today, I called for Inters on lap one as we had nothing to lose. We managed to pass some cars, as the pace was there, and I must say from inside the cockpit this was really exciting. It was obviously tricky, sliding all over the place, but it was really fun, you were driving on the limit and that’s what Formula One is all about! We were fast in all the practice sessions, and even in the race today, so it’s a shame to be finishing just outside the points, as I think we deserved to be up there this weekend.
It’s been a frustrating day, I didn’t have a good start and was P16 before the red flag, I need to go away and look at what happened there. The pace of the car was ok in the race, we gambled a bit on the Medium tyre for the restart and unfortunately, that strategy didn’t pay off today.
Jody Egginton (Technical Director)
It was an eventful race today. The rain shower at the start of the race was obviously a big disturbance, but it was also a good opportunity for us with Pierre to get him moving forward. We had an aggressive strategy and got him onto the Inters early on, which worked quite well, whilst a lot of other runners stayed on the full wets and wanted to make that work until they could cross over to a dry compound.
Looking at Pierre’s pace, we took a similar decision for Yuki and put him onto the Inters too, although he struggled slightly to make it work as well. We then moved both drivers onto the Hards, in theory, this would’ve taken us to the end of the race, had there not been a red flag. Following that, we basically held the position until the end of the race. After Ocon’s penalty we’ve come away just outside of the points, we lost some time to Vettel during the pit stop, so unfortunately that has cost us. We had a good recovery race today with Pierre but the main lesson for this weekend is that we need to have a tidier Saturday in order to make the most of the opportunities we have on Sunday.
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Haas F1 Team suffered a double retirement at the 2022 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, held on Sunday at the Circuit de Monaco.
After a delay of 65 minutes due to torrential rain in the Principality the formation lap got underway behind the Safety Car. Both Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher retained their starting positions of 13th and 15th respectively on Pirelli Cinturato Blue wet tires, with Race Control opting for a rolling start.
Magnussen climbed a few positions to emerge in contention for the top 10 but unfortunately, the Dane was forced to retire after 21 laps due to a power unit issue.
Schumacher pitted after four laps for Green intermediate tires, relinquishing track position, and suffered a further incident after contact left him with a damaged front wing. Schumacher pitted for a new front wing on lap 18 and switched to Pirelli P Zero White hard tires, becoming the first driver onto slick tires. Schumacher strived to make up ground but an accident through Piscine corner on lap 27 ended his race heavily in the barriers – the German successfully extracting himself from his severely damaged VF-22.
Haas F1 Team will return at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix – hosted at the Baku City Circuit, June 10-12.
Kevin Magnussen, Driver No. 20
We had a power unit issue of some sort, so we had to retire the car – there was nothing we could do about that sadly. I really thought our pace in the race was good considering we were on a full wet on a dry line, I had been able to keep Gasly behind until our issue and I was closing on Bottas. It would have been really exciting around the pit stops to see what could have happened. It’s unfortunate with no points today even though I think we had the car to do it, we knew we could fight.
Mick Schumacher, Driver No. 47
It’s quite unfortunate. Obviously, we knew it was going to be tight with the two-stop and it didn’t quite pay off to stay out so it’s something to learn, something to understand and move on from here. It was a great Saturday, and we had a very clean Friday too which is very beneficial. We had a good start, and a good first lap and that’s all you want from today. Maybe the pace just wasn’t there today but hopefully, it will next week, so we’ll keep pushing.
Guenther Steiner, Team Principal, Haas F1 Team
I’m feeling alright, it’s very annoying. In terms of pace, we were definitely there and it’s just a matter of keeping it on track – unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do that. The pace felt strong and it felt like we were able to attack and push. Unfortunately, I went a bit too wide, probably about 10 centimetres at the end, and that’s enough to lose all grip that you thought you had and the result is what happened.
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Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One™ Team driver Sebastian Vettel overcame a challenging wet 2022 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix to score a point, while team-mate Lance Stroll made progress around the tricky-to-pass circuit.
I knew it would be a struggle to score points when starting so far back and it was always going to be a tricky race in the wet weather, but there are positives to take. We made the right call by switching to the Intermediate tyres early on because it was clearly the best compound. Overtaking is difficult at Monaco, so getting past Tsunoda at Rascasse was a pleasing move and showed that the car is becoming more competitive – especially considering the slower-speed corners here.
Today was a race in which anything could happen, but actually, it was quite a clean and straightforward race for me. We managed to pick up a point, which was a good effort because it is always difficult to make progress at Monaco, especially with only one dry line. Given the way the race developed, I do not think we could have finished any higher. It was a real struggle on the Wet tyres in the early laps so that is why we went to the Intermediate as soon as we could.
Mike Krack, Team Principal
On paper you could describe our performance in the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix as follows: Sebastian lost one place from his P9 qualifying position to finish 10th in the race, and Lance gained four places from his P18 qualifying position to finish 14th in the race. The truth was much more complex since rain played havoc with everyone’s plans and the result was an incident-packed, time-limited race in which the weather was the key until the dry-track restart after the lap-30 red flag. Thereafter, Sebastian drove well to manage tyre wear and was able to stay well within 5.0sec of [Esteban] Ocon, thereby converting his P11 on-track finishing position to P10 after Ocon’s 5.0sec penalty had been applied: a hard-earned World Championship point for us. Lance also did his best in difficult circumstances, but overtaking is practically impossible here so points were always going to be out of reach for him today.
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Wet weather made for a challenging Sunday in Monte Carlo, where Nicholas Latifi progressed up to P15 – but Alex Albon was forced to retire from the 2022 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix.
It was a tricky day out there and a bit of a scruffy performance from my side, too. The conditions meant that getting the brakes in the right window was really challenging, especially with all the variation that a drying track brings and the red flags. The car felt good whenever we had clean air though and I did feel competitive at points, so there are some positives to take away from today.
Wet conditions are always tricky and even more so on a street track like Monaco! It was a very challenging race and after pitting early on, we were detached from the back of the pack but we did have good pace on the intermediate tyre to catch the field back up. The last stint on the medium tyre proved quite tricky as I didn’t feel completely comfortable with the balance. However, we managed to bring it home, which isn’t easy in these conditions, and also picked up two places from the guys we were racing around which is a positive.
Dave Robson, Head of Vehicle Performance:
It was a long race today with the delayed start and then a red flag interruption. With Alex, we opted to play the long game on the Full Wet tyres and run it until the track was ready for slicks. We timed the transition pretty well and he found some good pace on Prime until he went straight on at T1 and then punctured the tyre. His pace on the Option after the red flag was again strong, but as he was now out of position, he couldn’t make any places. We retired the car when Alex reported some unexpected bouncing on the straights.
Nicholas damaged his front wing early in the race, which forced an early switch to Intermediates and set his race back. Although he made some progress later in the race and battled well with Zhou and Tsunoda, P15 was the best that we could achieve today.
It was a tough race, but we learnt quite a lot about the FW44 this weekend, some of which will be relevant to the next race in Baku.
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