Race Results 2022 Brazilian F1 Grand Prix
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George Russel won his maiden F1 race during the 2022 Brazilian F1 Grand Prix today. The Mercedes driver started from pole position and won on Autodromo José Carlos Pace for the very first time. It was of course also his first win of the season. For his Mercedes F1 team it was their 125th race win today.
2022 Sao Paulo F1 GP Race Report
The start of the race was clean and McLaren driver Lando Norris had a great start on his Soft compound tyres and overtook the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc for P5 before turn 1, who was on Medium tyres. all cars got through the Senna-SS's without damage. Sergio Pérez did had a light touch with his front wing on the back of the rear right tyre of his Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen.
Then in that first lap the other McLaren driver, Daniel Ricciardo hit the Haas of Kevin Magnussen at the rear at turn 8. The hit caused Magnussen to spin round and the Dane couldn't prevent crashing into the McLaren of Ricciardo backwards. Both drivers were not able to continue because of the damage on their cars. A safety car was deployed to clear up the track of debris and recover the damaged cars.
In lap seven the race got restarted and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was right behind the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen attacked Hamilton for P2 and drove alongside him in turn 1. Next corner he was on the inside of Hamilton, but not fully alongside. Hamilton decided to not leave enough room and both rivals collided.
Both could continue, but Hamilton had to use the escape road while Verstappen had to pit to replace his damaged front wing. The Red Bull crew replaced the front wing in only 10 sec. Both drivers lost a lot of places. Hamilton dropped back to P8 and had lost his right front wheel cover, while Verstappen after his pitstop returned on the track at P17 on a new set of Mediums.
Verstappen later on even received a 5 second time penalty and 2 penalty points on his licence. The official FIA statement said: "The Stewards determined that Verstappen attempted to pass Hamilton on the outside of turn 1 by braking very late. He did not complete the pass in Turn 1 and his excess speed compromised his entry into turn 2, at which point he made contact with Hamilton. While the Stewards recognize that Hamilton could possibly have given a little more room at the apex of turn 2, the Stewards determined that Verstappen was predominantly at fault."
A few corners later in lap 7 Norris and Leclerc also collided, Norris was on the inside of Leclerc at turn 6, but not yet fully alongside. Both cars collided and Leclerc spun off and crash head on into the barrier. Miraculously the Ferrari wasn't badly damaged and Leclerc was able to drive back to the pits for a new front wing to return to the track on P18. Norris received the same penalty as Verstappen.
After 8 laps Hamilton had already passed 5 cars and was back at P3. In lap 45 Hamilton overtook Red Bull driver Sergio Pérez for P2.
Norris had to retire the McLaren in lap 52 when his car broke down. Pérez and Sainz had a great battle for P3 for several laps and in lap 64 Leclerc overtook the Mexican driver on the main straight. Pérez who pitted in lap 48 for his current Medium compound tyres, could not hold off the drivers who switched to Soft compound tyres and even fell back to P7. He was the only driver on medium tyres in the top 10.
Classification 2022 Sao Paulo F1 GP
|1||63|| George Russell||Mercedes||01:38:34.044||71||1||34|
|2||44|| Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes||01:38:35.573||71||2||24|
|3||55|| Carlos Sainz||Ferrari||01:38:38.095||71||7||22|
|4||16|| Charles Leclerc||Ferrari||01:38:42.485||71||5||15|
|5||14|| Fernando Alonso||Alpine||01:38:43.605||71||17||10|
|6||1|| Max Verstappen||Red Bull||01:38:44.100||71||4||13|
|7||11|| Sergio Pérez||Red Bull||01:38:48.124||71||4||10|
|8||31|| Esteban Ocon||Alpine||01:38:52.734||71||16||4|
|9||77|| Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||01:38:56.596||71||14||2|
|10||18|| Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||01:38:57.596||71||15||1|
|11||5|| Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||01:39:00.227||71||9||0|
|12||24|| Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo||01:39:03.369||71||13||0|
|13||47|| Mick Schumacher||Haas||01:39:03.943||71||12||0|
|14||10|| Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri||01:39:05.911||71||10||0|
|15||23|| Alexander Albon||Williams||01:39:10.060||71||19||0|
|16||6|| Nicholas Latifi||Williams||01:39:11.082||71||18||0|
|17||22|| Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri||01:39:06.345||70||20||0|
|DNF||4|| Lando Norris||McLaren||Power unit||50||6||2|
|DNF||20|| Kevin Magnussen||Haas||Collision||0||8||1|
|DNF||3|| Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren||Collision||0||11||0|
- Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri #22: Five-second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
Fastest lap 1:13.785 min by George Russell, Mercedes W13 #63 lap 61
|2022 Sao Paulo F1 GP Results|
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