Event: Brazilian Sao Paulo Grand Prix
Track: Autodromo Interlagos

Warm-up lap starts at: 16:30 Local | 20:30 CET | 19:30 UK | 11:30 LA | 04:30 Tokio

F1 Starting Grid 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix

George Russell driving the Mercedes W13  and leads Max Verstappen in the Red Bull Racing RB18 on track during the Sprint ahead of the 2022 F1 Grand Prix of Brazil

George Russell won a great sprint race and will start from P1 tomorrow. The Mercedes driver started on the Soft compound tyres, while Max Verstappen started on the Medium tyres with the Red Bull. The Dutchman had a lot less pace on the Mediums and dropped back to P4.

Despite predictions of rain this morning, the Sprint took place in sunny conditions with ambient temperatures between 22 and 23 degrees centigrade and track temperatures between 31 and 34 degrees.

Carlos Sainz finished on P2, but due to a 10 second penalty for using an additional ICE, the Spanish driver will have to start from P7.

Pole position is on the right side of the track in Sao Paulo.

F1 Starting Grid 2022 Sao Paulo GP

163George RussellMercedes30:11.307
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes+4.492s
31Max VerstappenRed Bull+10.494s
411Sergio PérezRed Bull+11.855s
516Charles LeclercFerrari+13.133s
64Lando NorrisMcLaren+25.624s
755Carlos Sainz*Ferrari+3.995s
820Kevin MagnussenHaas+28.768s
95Sebastian VettelAston Martin+30.218s
1010Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri+34.170s
113Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+39.395s
1247Mick SchumacherHaas+41.159s
1324Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo+41.763s
1477Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo+42.338s
1518Lance StrollAston Martin+50.700s
1631Esteban OconAlpine+51.756s
1714Fernando AlonsoAlpine+48.985s
186Nicholas LatifiWilliams+76.850s
1923Alexander AlbonWilliamsDNF
PL22Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri+50.306s


  • Carlos Sainz, Ferrari #55 - 5 places grid penalty for using additional power unit elements.
  • Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri #22 - Required to start from the pit lane - Car modified whilst under Parc Fermé conditions.

F1 Starting Grid 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix

Best 2022 Sao Paulo F1 Grand Prix Race Strategy

There are four strategic options tomorrow. The first two, which are very close, each consist of a two-stopper. One is to start on the soft tyre before two medium stints to the end. An alternative is to start on soft before going onto medium and then finishing the race on soft again. Track temperatures and conditions will be the decisive factor, with the race starting at 15:00 local time (as opposed to 16:30 today).


For those looking to a one-stopper, the choice is to start on medium or soft before switching to the hard for a longer final stint. Those two options are also very close but starting on the soft is perhaps better in order to take advantage of its performance in the early stages of the race. As always in F1, it’s the details that make the difference, with the risk of traffic and safety cars also a factor on the fast and compact Interlagos circuit.

F1 Starting Grid 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix

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