2022 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix highlights

F1 Grand Prix of Spain
Introduction

 

Max Verstappen won an action-packed 2022 Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix as pole-sitter Charles Leclerc retired from a comfortable lead. Sergio Perez took second place to secure Red Bull’s second one-two of the season, as George Russell finished third for Mercedes, having been involved in an epic bout with eventual winner Verstappen.

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Soaring temperatures weren’t the only problem on Sunday; huge gusts into Turn 4 caused both Carlos Sainz and Verstappen to go off track and drop down the order early on. That left Leclerc with a comfortable lead and a free pit stop by Lap 22, and it seemed a straightforward victory for Ferrari – until Leclerc’s engine gave way on Lap 27.

Before that, Russell and Verstappen (whose DRS was malfunctioning) had sparred – going wheel-to-wheel on numerous breath-taking occasions – for P2. Now they were battling for the lead. So Verstappen pitted a second time from mediums back to softs on Lap 29 and caught up to Russell’s tail by Lap 37 when Russell swapped for another set of mediums. Sergio Perez was briefly in the lead now – but pitted soon after for a new set of mediums.

Covering off Perez’s alternate strategy and tyre life advantage, Verstappen too was pitted for softs on Lap 45, a new set of mediums now giving him a prime opportunity at prying the leadoff Perez. Verstappen was allowed past and eventually won by 13 seconds; Perez took P2 and fastest lap having stopped for softs late on.

Russell finished third despite having fended off Verstappen’s threats for much of the race, while Sainz finished fourth despite having dropped outside the top 10 early on after his Turn 4 spin. Hamilton passed Sainz for P4 with a brilliant move at Turn 1 with five laps left but then dropped to P5 having been told to lift off by his Mercedes team.

Valtteri Bottas’s soft-medium-medium strategy saw him lose out to soft-tyred finishers Sainz and Hamilton, the Finn taking a still-solid P6 finish for Alfa Romeo. In seventh was Esteban Ocon, up to five places for Alpine with two soft-tyred stints. Lando Norris mirrored the Frenchman’s strategy but finished a few seconds behind in P8 from P11 for McLaren. Alpine’s Fernando Alonso (from the back of the grid) and AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda (from P13) rounded out the top 10 on the same soft-medium-soft-soft gambit.

Sebastian Vettel’s two-stop strategy saw him finish 11th for Aston Martin, 14th-placed Mick Schumacher facing a similar fate as he dropped out of the points late on for Haas with Daniel Ricciardo and Pierre Gasly promoted to P12 and P13 respectively.

Late contact with Gasly at Turns 1-2 put Lance Stroll 15th for Aston Martin.

Kevin Magnussen made contact with Hamilton early on at Turn 4 and ended up 17th – between the Williams drivers – having opted for a soft-medium-hard strategy. At Williams, Alex Albon finished 18th and Nicholas Latifi 16th.

Along with Leclerc, Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu was the other retiree in Spain.

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

This was certainly one of the biggest tests that our new 18-inch tyres have faced all year, thanks to a high-energy circuit with big degradation expected and track temperatures that exceeded 50 degrees centigrade. We can say now that they coped with the challenge very well, and what makes their performance even more impressive is that the drivers concentrated on just the softer tyres nominated here. In particular, the soft tyre was a revelation, with nearly all the drivers choosing it for the start and many of them running the soft for the bulk of the race.

There was a wide variety of strategies seen throughout the field, with drivers willing to push the limits and target three stops, adding to the spectacle of an extremely hard-fought race: also because these cars make it easier to overtake. Congratulations to Red Bull for a decisive one-two; now we move on to a very different challenge in Monaco next weekend.

2022 Formula 1 Spanish GP Race Results

PosNoDriverCountryTeamTimePointsOverall
1.1Max VerstappenNetherlandsRed Bull Racing1:37:20.47525110
2.11Sergio PerezMexicoRed Bull Racing Honda+13.072s1985
3.63George RussellGreat BritainMercedes-AMG Petronas+32.927s1574
4.55Carlos SainzSpainScuderia Ferrari+45.208s1265
5.44Lewis HamiltonGreat BritainMercedes-AMG Petronas+54.534s1046
6.77Valtteri BottasFinlandAlfa Romeo F1 Team+59.976s838
7.31Esteban OconFranceAlpine F1 Team+75.397s630
8.4Lando NorrisGreat BritainMclaren Racing+83.235s439
9.14Fernando AlonsoSpainAlpine F1 Team+1 lap24
10.22Yuki TsunodaJapanScuderia AlphaTauri+1 lap111
11.5Sebastian VettelGermanyAston Martin F1 Team+1 lap04
12.3Daniel RicciardoAustraliaMcLaren Racing+1 lap011
13.10Pierre GaslyFranceScuderia AlphaTauri+1 lap06
14.47Mick SchumacherGermanyHaas F1 Team+1 lap00
15.18Lance StrollCanadaAston Martin F1 Team+1 lap02
16.6Nicholas LatifiCanadaWilliams Racing+2 laps00
17.20Kevin MagnussenDenmarkHaas F1 Team+2 laps015
18.23Alexander AlbonThailandWilliams Racing+2 laps03
20.24Zhou GuanyuChinaAlfa Romeo F1 TeamDNF01
2.16Charles LeclercMonacoScuderia FerrariDNF0104

2022 Constructor Standings

PosPictureTeamPoints
1.Red Bull Racing304
1.Scuderia Ferrari228
3.Mercedes-AMG F1 Team188
4.McLaren Racing65
5.Alpine F1 Team57
6.Alfa Romeo Racing51
7.Scuderia AlphaTauri27
8.Aston Martin F1 Team16
9.Haas F1 Team15
10.Williams Racing3

Here are the team-by-team highlights:




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