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

P No Driver Team Time
1 63 George Russell Mercedes 30:11.307
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +4.492s
3 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull +10.494s
4 11 Sergio Pérez Red Bull +11.855s
5 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari +13.133s
6 4 Lando Norris McLaren +25.624s
7 55 Carlos Sainz* Ferrari +3.995s
8 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas +28.768s
9 5 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +30.218s
10 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +34.170s
11 3 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren +39.395s
12 47 Mick Schumacher Haas +41.159s
13 24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo +41.763s
14 77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +42.338s
15 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin +50.700s
16 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine +51.756s
17 14 Fernando Alonso Alpine +48.985s
18 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams +76.850s
19 23 Alex Albon Williams DNF
PL 22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri +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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