Event: French F1 Grand Prix
Track: Paul Ricard Circuit

Classification 2022 French F1 GP

Race winner Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of France at Circuit Paul Ricard on July 24, 2022 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Weather: dry  30.4-29.1°C
Tarmac: dry  51.1-56.8°C
Humidity : 43-54%
Wind : 2.0 m/s SE
Pressure: 968.0 bar

Max Verstappen won his 27th F1 race at the 2022 French F1 GP today. The Red Bull driver started from P2 and won on the Paul Ricard circuit for the second time in a row. It was his 7th win of the season. The Red Bull Racing team scored their 83rd race win.

2022 French F1 GP Race Report

The 62nd French Formula 1 Grand Prix started under very warm weather like usual. Almost all cars were fitted with medium tyres. Under a clear blue sunny sky all cars got away clean when the red lights went out.

Red Bull driver Sergio Pérez, who was having a tough weekend in terms of speed and started from P3, had a slower getaway than Lewis Hamilton who had a perfect start in the Mercedes beside him on P4. Hamilton took the opportunity right away to snatch  P3 from the Mexican driver before turn 1.

Charles Leclerc who started from pole position in the Ferrari #16 for the 16th time, could keep his main rival Max Verstappen in the Red Bull #1 behind him. Leclerc seemed to have the race win in the bag up till then. He had been under huge pressure the whole time and fended off a few attacks from Verstappen and had it all under control.

Haas driver Kevin Magnussen who started from the very last place, due to several power unit related grid penalties had an amazing start and overtook 7 cars to end up on P13 just after 1 lap! The other Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz, who also had to start from the back of the grid, because of several grid penalties started on hard tires. The Spanish driver had to get up to speed to get to the front. He still was 19th after the first lap.

2022 French Grand Prix Results: F1 Race Winner & Report

Start of the 2022 French F1 Grand Prix (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

In lap 9 Magnussen was the first driver who made a pitstop. Sainz was getting up to speed now and was already 11th in lap 13.

The Dutchman was pushing Leclerc all the way he was closer than 1 sec. and could use his DRS to try and get the lead, but he couldn't and was overheating his tyres. The Red Bull Racing team then choose to pit Verstappen in lap 16 to try and undercut Leclerc. That strategy put even more pressure on race leader Leclerc and caused him to push too much in the middle of turn 11 and lost the rear and spun off and ended up head on in to the barrier.

A safety car was deployed to recover the Ferrari of  Leclerc and both Mercedes drivers took a “free” pitstop to switch hard tyres. Sainz also pitted to get a fresh set of medium tyres, but the Ferrari team delivered a poor pistop that took way to long and also caused an unsafe release, that got Sainz a five second penalty.

Then in lap 27 Sainz who was already behind George Russell and had a great fight with the Mercedes driver for P4. The Spanish driver choose for a bold move around the outside of turn 10 and now was closing down the gap to Pérez for P3.

Magnussen and Williams driver Nicholas Latifi collided in turn 2 of lap 38. Both went off the track and were able to continue.

Sainz had closed the gap towards Pérez in lap 41 and again had a great fight for P3. Sainz overtook him one lap later on track and was going very strong on his medium tyres. One lap later the Ferrari team decided to still pit Sainz for new medium tyres while there were only 10 laps to go.

Race Results 2022 French F1 Grand Prix

The 2022 French F1 GP podium 1. Verstappen, 2. Hamilton & 3. Russell (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Russell had also closed down the gap towards Pérez in lap 43 and wanted to get on the podium. He did several attempts to get passed the Red Bull driver but couldn’t make it stick. Russell then launched a very good planned attack at the end of a virtual safety car period. The VSC was used to recover the stranded Alfa Romeo of Zhou Guangyu. At the end of the VSC Russell had more momentum and passed Pérez in the last part of the sector 3.

In front Verstappen was leading Hamilton by more than 10 seconds. The Dutchman was able to benefit from the DNF of Leclerc and won the French F1 GP for the second time in a row. Verstappen scored his 27th race win and is now level with Jacky Stewart. Behind him Hamilton finished second for the first time this season and Russell made it a double podium by finishing on P3 for the Mercedes the first time this year.

Classification 2022 French F1 GP

PNoDriverTeamTimeLapsGridPts
11Netherlands Max Verstappen
Austria Red Bull01:30:02.11253
2
25
244United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes01:30:12.69953
4
18
363United Kingdom George Russell
Germany Mercedes01:30:18.60753
6
15
411Mexico Sergio Pérez
Austria Red Bull01:30:19.42253
3
12
555Spain Carlos Sainz
Italy Ferrari01:30:30.98453
19
11
614Spain Fernando Alonso
France Alpine01:30:44.99153
7
8
74United Kingdom Lando Norris
United Kingdom McLaren01:30:54.13853
5
6
831France Esteban Ocon
France Alpine01:30:59.07153
10
4
93Australia Daniel Ricciardo
United Kingdom McLaren01:31:02.48453
9
2
1018Canada Lance Stroll
United Kingdom Aston Martin01:31:04.66153
15
1
115Germany Sebastian Vettel
United Kingdom Aston Martin01:31:06.60653
12
0
1210France Pierre Gasly
Italy AlphaTauri01:31:07.56053
14
0
1323Thailand Alexander Albon
United Kingdom Williams01:31:10.67753
13
0
1477Finland Valtteri Bottas
Switzerland Alfa Romeo01:31:18.77853
11
0
1547Germany Mick Schumacher
United States Haas01:31:22.50653
17
0
DNF24China Zhou Guanyu
Switzerland Alfa RomeoCollision damage47
16
0
DNF6Canada Nicholas Latifi
United Kingdom WilliamsCollision damage40
18
0
DNF20Denmark Kevin Magnussen
United States HaasCollision damage37
20
0
DNF22Japan Yuki Tsunoda
Italy AlphaTauriCollision damage17
8
0
DNF16Monaco Charles Leclerc
Italy FerrariSpun off17
1
0

Fastest lap: 1:35.781 min by Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75 #55 in lap 51

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28 F1 Fan comments on “Race Results 2022 French F1 Grand Prix

  1. Jere Jyrälä

    Perez should’ve got a 5-second penalty for gaining a lasting advantage, but fortunately, Russell got past eventually.
    The championship is effectively over.
    Moving on, the only way Leclerc could properly provide a championship challenge is pure luck.

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    • Twisty Knicker

      Russell is the one who hit Perez. Its the second race in a row where Russell has run him off the road. Then he whines. Russell is a really weak driver.

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  2. David Gladwin

    Mercedes can, and might well, win the Constructors side. Perez can overtake Leclerc in the next outing, but the good news is that Fernando has his tail up......and Mick S kept his Haas intact!

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      • ReallyOldRacer

        Correct. Word is that VER is starting his summer break tomorrow and extending it through end of August to prepare for his home race.. Deal is done and he is bored.

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  3. Shroppyfly

    The flights have been booked, cases packed Curly and his boss are off to Sakura to try and persuade the Honda management to give them Honda engines .

    As for the Dame thanking his team for giving him the car to get P3 load of shite.. Ferrari engine penalty and Crash Le Clerc did that .Merci beaucou jeezzzz

    So what's Max now a million points ahead...!

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        • f1award

          As you like name calling so much and seem incapable of spelling LH why don't just go back into your racist closet.
          He go a 2nd, get over it.

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          • CanadianEh

            Yeah, well Dame Lucille didn't deserve 3rd. Brilliant start though, and good consistent driving. Problem is though, is idiot's like f1award that starts throwing around the "R"-word because someone DARES to slag his Succubus. I just loathe left-wing dolt's like you.

  4. ReallyOldRacer

    I was hoping for a JaxReport, but perhaps he has left the building (finally), so, in his absence, here are a couple of biased observations.

    1. Curly and his strategist are completely incompetent.

    2. Totster is the best driver psychologist in the business.

    3. Nico Rosberg is the best commentator on the SKY platform.

    4. The WDC and WCC are now complete. Fold up the tents.

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  5. Donalf

    Good news for the sir Lulu fans, tonto is extending his contract for another 3 years apparently toto impressed with the way sir Lulu through himself onto the cool room floor after suffering dehydration knowing that sir Lulu gave his all..

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  6. CanadianEh

    Just because I think Dame Lucille is gay doesn't make me a racist, or homophobe. He's an "OK", run-of-the-mill, predictable, consistent driver. That he believes his own BS and dramatizes even the most basic post-race functions - as he does in all aspects of his on-line life - confirms to me that he is a rube. Almost, almost retarded, much like his sycophant, f4award.

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