Event: Spanish F1 Grand Prix
Track: Catalunya Circuit

Race Results 2022 Spanish Formula One Grand Prix

Race winner Max Verstappen  and Second placed Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the  Red Bull Racing RB18 on the slow down lap during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 22, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Weather: dry  37.0°C
Tarmac: wet  49.7°C
Humidity: 6%
Wind: 4.4 m/s SW
Pressure: 996.2 bar

Max Verstappen scored his 24th F1 race win today. The Dutch driver won the Spanish F1 GP for the second time. It was his fourth race win of the 2022 season. The Red Bull driver started from second place. It was the 79th race win for Red Bull Racing.

2022 Spanish F1 GP Race Report

At the start of the race Carlos Sainz who started from P3 had a slow start, while Sergio Pérez had a great start from P5 and passed the Ferrari. Mercedes driver George Russell also had a good start and was just able to keep in front of Pérez before turn 1. Both got so close that they touched going into turn 2.

Sainz had his hands full to get up to speed in the first tree corners and was battling it out with Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes.who was the only one that started on the medium tyres. Hamilton could not get passed and now was attacked by Kevin Magnussen in turn 4. Both made contact mid corner and Magnussen went off. Hamilton could drive on, but his left front tyre got a punctured. Magnussen and Hamilton were able to the pits for repairs and returned on the back of the grid.

Race Results 2022 Spanish Formula One Grand Prix

Start of the 2022 Spanish F1 GP

When Hamilton returned to the track he told his team in lap five to save the engine driving on P19. Two laps later Sainz spun off the track in lap 7 at turn 4 and lost a lot of places. The Spanish driver was able to escape from the gravel pit and return on the track on P11.

Verstappen did almost the same move in lap 9. He didn't spun, but did hit the gravel pit. The problem seemed to be a cross wind at turn 4. P4. The Dutchman now was behind his teammate Perez and Russell. Verstappen again seemed to have problem with his DRS in lap 12.

In lap 14 Russell and Verstappen did the first pitstops and switched from soft to medium tyres in 2.6 sec. Verstappen still had the DRS problem as it didn't work Lap 17 it did work. One lap later Perez pitted

In lap 22 Leclerc made a 2.2 pitstop to switch to medium tyres. The Ferrari driver was able to stay ahead of Russell and Verstappen.

The first time Verstappen was able to attack Bottas was in lap 24. He got alongside Russell in turn 1, but the Mercedes driver defended wit a great move and got back in front of the Red Bull. Then in lap 27 Leclerc lost power in the Ferrari as his turbo seemed to have broken down and the Ferrari driver drove back to the garage to retire.

Race Results 2022 Spanish Formula One Grand Prix

Sergio Perez of Mexico driving the (11) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 leads George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team W13 during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 22, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Verstappen made his second pitstop in lap 29 that took the team 2.5 sec. Red Bull gave him a set of soft tyres to undercut Russell for the lead. The Red Bull driver returned to the track on P4 just in front of Sainz.

Perez who now was driving on P2 had closed the gap towards Russel and in lap 31 the Mexican driver overtook Russell for the lead. At that moment Zhou Guanyu retired the Alfa Romeo with engine problem in lap 31.

Verstappen was flying on the soft tyres and in lap 36 the Dutch driver was only two seconds behind Russell. At that moment home country drivers Sainz was on P5 and Alonso had passed 10 cars and drove on P10.

In lap 37 Russell pitted just as Verstappen was on his tail. The Mercedes driver got a new set of medium tyres and returned to the track as third. In lap 38 Pérez also pitted for brand new set of mediums and gave the lead to his teammate.

Valtteri Bottas had a very strong race in with the Alfa Romeo and was driving on P4 halfway the race.

At lap 44 Verstappen was leading his teammate by 16 seconds. And he was 21 sec. in front of Russell, so he could get a new set of mediums without losing his position to Russell. In lap 46 Sainz pitted for a new set of softs to try and get further up the grid and get as much points as possible for the Ferrari team.

Race Results 2022 Spanish Formula One Grand Prix

Race winner Max Verstappen driving the Red Bull Racing RB18 takes the chequered flag during the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 22, 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

In lap 49 Verstappen overtook P'érez for the lead. At the same time Hamilton pttied for new set of softs and dropped back to P7. Sainz now climbed up to P5 and was 14 sec. behind Bottas, who was driving a great race for Alfa Romeo.

Hamilton was going much better this race than before and overtook Ocon for P6. His teammate Russell pitted at that moment in lap 52 for a fresh set of softs to try and get the extra point for fastest lap. He did lost his P3 against to Bottas, but could get passed the Finnish driver one lap later.

In lap 54 Perez also pitted again to get new set of soft tyres to try and get back the fastest lap back from Hamilton. In lap 59 Bottas lost his P4 to Sainz and Hamilton who got by and dropped him to P6.

In the penultimate lap of the race Hamilton had to heal because of some DNF problems and Sainz was able to get back to P4.

Classification 2022 Spanish GP

PNoDriverTeamTimeLapsGridPts
11Netherlands Max Verstappen
Austria Red Bull01:37:20.47566
2
25
211Mexico Sergio Pérez
Austria Red Bull01:37:33.54766
5
19
363United Kingdom George Russell
Germany Mercedes01:37:53.40266
4
15
455Spain Carlos Sainz
Italy Ferrari01:38:05.68366
3
12
544United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Germany Mercedes01:38:15.00966
6
10
677Finland Valtteri Bottas
Switzerland Alfa Romeo01:38:20.45166
7
8
731France Esteban Ocon
France Alpine01:38:35.87266
12
6
84United Kingdom Lando Norris
United Kingdom McLaren01:38:43.71066
11
4
914Spain Fernando Alonso
France Alpine01:37:27.32265
20
2
1022Japan Yuki Tsunoda
Italy AlphaTauri01:37:31.12065
13
1
115Germany Sebastian Vettel
United Kingdom Aston Martin01:37:47.09865
16
0
123Australia Daniel Ricciardo
United Kingdom McLaren01:38:00.15265
9
0
1310France Pierre Gasly
Italy AlphaTauri01:38:01.42265
14
0
1447Germany Mick Schumacher
United States Haas01:38:03.91865
10
0
1518Canada Lance Stroll
United Kingdom Aston Martin01:38:22.80665
17
0
166Canada Nicholas Latifi
United Kingdom Williams01:37:24.93164
19
0
1720Denmark Kevin Magnussen
United States Haas01:37:33.13164
8
0
1823Thailand Alexander Albon
United Kingdom Williams01:38:15.80364
18
0
DNF24China Zhou Guanyu
Switzerland Alfa RomeoEngine28
15
0
DNF16Monaco Charles Leclerc
Italy FerrariTurbo27
1
0

Fastest lap: 1:24.108 min by Sergio Pérez, Red Bull (no.1)

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61 F1 Fan comments on “Race Results 2022 Spanish Formula One Grand Prix

  1. Andy

    Red Bull are making a farce of F1. Accepting fines for team orders and ruining a good race for their own gains. Also DRS should be banned with this generation of car.

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    • f1award

      Unfortunatley that's the way it is with some RB and Ferrari, Perez knows he's nr 2 from day 1, that's why MV favour him as a team mate.

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    • Ancient Fan

      Team orders have been around as long as I have. I recall a much faster Ronnie Peterson being told to follow Mario Andretti in their Lotus all season long. Ronnie did just that, sitting on Andretti's tailpipes to prove he was faster than Mario. That was over 40 years ago. Nothing has changed.

      Horner and Toto are in a titanic battle each year for the WDC and WCC. No room for sentiment.

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    • Susan

      For their own gains? Isn’t that why they are there spending enormous amounts of money to WIN races? How are ruining races? Is there some detail about this race that I’m missing? I watch all the races, team orders seem to be alive and well with all the teams.

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  2. Jax

    I feel for Leclerc. Poor kid did eveyrthing right then his car of the top two most reliable teams on the grid chose to have a damn engine failure during a superb CLEAN AIR run! Terrible. Smh.
    Exciting race otherwise.

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    • Jax

      Alright let's cut the nonsense being spewed about lucky Max being the "best on the grid".
      First off, Leclerc outclassing Sainz again shows that he can match Max. So 0075 would've been driver of the day had badluck not interfered. Second, Sir Lewis outpaced boy George in average lap times today, while running in more traffic at that, which meant he got more out of an improved car via race pace. No surprises here! And no Merc ran off into the gravel today either....hehehe 😈
      Had Lewis not mucked up his tyre choice at the start, the story would've been different. And he still got voted driver of the day apparently.
      I'll say it again, lucky Champ will not retain his title.

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      • Susan

        If only, doesn’t cut it. He did and it was a mistake. Lewis’s fan base is quite impressive. No matter what the great one does, they find some excuse or explanation for his not winning.

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        • Jax

          According to your simple mindedness, Ross Brawn is just making excuses too.

          Article: "Ross Brawn believes Lewis Hamilton has been trying to get to the bottom of Mercedes' demise.

          Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn is adamant that Lewis Hamilton is sacrificing himself for the greater good of Mercedes and as a result, it's making George Russell look good. The seven-time world champion has had to show a new level of defiance this season, after enduring the most difficult campaign of his career to date

          The 37-year-old has just one podium finish this season and has already conceded his title hopes are over.

          Meanwhile, George Russell is 28 points ahead in fourth position in the driver standings, having performed slightly better than his fellow Silver Arrows team-mate.

          But in the view of Brawn, Hamilton has prioritised tackling the problems Mercedes have faced with their car, while Russell has been more focused on his own performance and finishing as strongly as he can.

          “These first few races he’s been looking for the solutions and, in doing so, he’s been ping-ponging around with different set-ups on the car, trying to reach the solutions,” Brawn told the Evening Standard.

          “He’s probably sacrificing the races in a way to try to get the information and data that the team can use to solve the problem.

          “That’s the feedback I get from the team while George is following a more conventional path… and Lewis is trying to set out to solve the problem.

          "That’s why I think people saying George has out-qualified and outraced him in the last few races can’t see the bigger picture.”

          Lewis Hamilton’s ‘alarming’ moment in Spanish GP amid Mercedes woes
          Hamilton was close to retiring in Barcelona as his struggles on the track continued but he was persuaded to fight on by his Mercedes team, eventually picking up 10 points with a fifth-place finish.

          The Brit was relieved his perseverance got its rewards as he defended his consideration to preserving the engine.

          “It’s not that I was defeated,” he said. “It was just that I was literally 30 seconds behind, so why would I use an engine to finish last or outside the top 15 if that can lead to a penalty later?

          “I don’t know if reliability is an issue, we’ve already seen today that there was something in the end. I thought we might as well save the engine so we can fight another day.”

          Hamilton later added: “A race like this feels better than victory. Of course, I’m glad that we did not do it [retire the car]. It shows once again that you should never give up.

          “I was only concerned with not using up the engine. You have to understand, I was 30 seconds behind the field.

          “In Jeddah, for example, I started 15th and had problems making it into the top 10. So I thought it would be impossible to catch up.”

          His superior race pace compared to boy George in Spain proves Brawn's comment.

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          • Susan

            I may be simple-minded, but the results speak for themselves. Lewis, mentally and emotionally is done. George has inherent talent and is quite capable to holding his own. Time will prove this simple mind right. Who was on the podium Sunday, let me guess, not LH! Who has out paced LH since the beginning of the season, GR? Who, btw, endured as much proposing as you know who.

  3. Jere Jyrälä

    Mercedes has indeed improved, but one can only wonder what Hamilton might’ve been able to do without K-Mag’s over-optimistic attempt. Russell did what he could, considering car limitations.
    I’m surprised about Albon’s slowness since he got passed by Latifi.
    I thought he’d retire every time he entered the pit lane, although he may still have had an issue.
    Unless he had an issue, he was among the disappointments with Ricciardo, Haas duo, & Gasly.
    Decent showing by Alpine's, Tsunoda, & again Bottas, though.
    Yet another unforced error for Sainz.

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    • Jax

      Had Sir Lewis not made another foolish tyre choice he wouldn't have fell back so far and ended up tussling with a Haas. You only start on slower tyres when you're outside the top ten so he gave himself unnecessary work...again, as I bet it was his choice to start on mediums. So ended up having to push the engine harder working his way up the grid running in hotter air from more cars to pass, then having to cut speed due to overheating issues in the end and lose grid position. Smh. Good thing he's talented as his decision making ability is going to shit.

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  4. Andy

    Red Bull are again making a farce of F1. Willing to accept a fine for team orders. Why is Perez even racing. Also with the new generation of car why is DRS still allowed.

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  5. Nobodysperfect

    Good race for Red Bull Racing. Verstappen will be untouchable in no time if the other teams don't improve.

    Very pathetic radio comments from Toto Wolff to Hamilton after the finish. I was thinking what's he talking about! Is this guy a toddler? His a f*cking 7 times champ with over 100 race wins!

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  6. golly

    post spanish gp some things are apparent.max/red bull the guys to beat.maxx no 1 driver at red bull.charles no1 driver at ferrari.george the no1 driver at mercedes,lando at mclaren.lou fkin who

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  7. Shroppyfly

    Breakdowns are, ummm what's the word Karma? haha Max has his share this yr

    As I said King George will muller Hamster and so it goes on.... VB did ok again but the rest a bit of a dissapointment SP did a good race but he is No 2 there

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  8. Shroppyfly

    I thought I'd heard it right..

    The man who never gives up ( lala) said we'd better give up?

    Excellent just what the team, sponsors and fans want to hear...
    If I heard that right, that's disgusting imo

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  9. ReallyOldRacer

    First, VER has matured into the best driver on the grid. Period.

    Checo should be really pissed but he has proven at his previous teams and RB that he is a gentleman. Told to let the kid pass not once but twice. Horny's explanation was absolute bullshit. I'd be telling RB to take their car and stuff it. Team orders are, and always have been, part of racing. This early in the season? I don't know.

    BOT drove another solid race buggered by tire strategy and Haas strategy cost MSC his first points.

    Lewie wanted to park it early in the race, probably cuz he missed wearing his bling. Then he is declared DOTD and he's all smiles. Lewie, Georgie Boy beat you.....again.
    Hey guys, what about ALO, last on the grid to 9th.....no mention?

    One more thing. Never doubt the red team's ability to find a way to lose. OK, on to Monte Carlo, let's go look at the pretty boats in the harbor RIC redemption?

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  10. Brian T

    I find it disappointing whenever teams issue the orders and a racer is gifted the win. An odd thing to do in a broader sporting context. What made yesterday’s gift to MV more annoying was MV not making his first move once out of the car to shake Sergio’s hand and say thanks. The leap into his RB team looked weak, and the definition of tone deaf.

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    • ReallyOldRacer

      Remember when Michael pushed Rubens up onto the first step of the podium after being gifted the race in Austria? Knowing that you are the best is one thing, appreciating why you are the best is another thing.

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      • Brian T

        Easy now…I can grasp the orders in the context of F1 as a sport. What’s poor is not manning up and doing a quiet, thankful word as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Awesome driver but he could do the right thing.

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  11. Blo

    Taking the bare times from Autosports analysis LH without the puncture could have beaten MV by around 20secs and GR by around 50secs. Just saying don’t write him off just yet haters. Then there’s the time he wasted sulking.

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      • Blo

        Same could be said of MV, coulda woulda shoulda won but didn’t, not really did he, gifted again.
        I wonder how Checo feels about holding LH up now and team orders? The team would have had the same points for the CWC if Checo had won.

        Re not thanking Checo publicly, no surprise there, he could have done a Schumaker last year with Hamilton, instead just left him standing there in total shock, again coulda, woulda shoulda.

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          • ReallyOldRacer

            Shrop', PER has proven to be magic with tire preservation in the past, something to do with smooth corner entry. VER is the faster driver, but being told...twice...to let him pass, especially this early in the season has got to demotivate Checo to do his best. "Why bother, I'm racing for second place anyway." A racer's response, "f**k you, I can beat this guy." Anyway, that's my take.

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  12. CanadianEh

    All the comments about the drivers aside - I was disappointed to hear Brundle and The Screamer talking-up Dame Lucille as he's struggling back in 16th position, begging to call it a race.

    The Dame Lucille-bias over at Sky Sports is legendary - and nauseating. It's like they're calling a different race.

    Thank God the Spanish producer didn't spend the entire race following The Dame (or Alonso) lap after lap after lap.

    The fact that Alonso went from last to P9 went unremarked, while Dame Lucille ges DOTD? What twaddle. Why he got the cupie-doll is simply beyond me - I think Susan is right - The Dame is sooo fragile, if he doesn't get attention, he crumbles.

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    • Blo

      Sad. Why do you watch it? You even pay to watch it! I suspect you would even pay to post on this site if you had to just so you could whine and winge like your hero. They say that impersonation is the greatest form of flattery.Sad sad sad sad ☹️ . Your covers blown, you’re a closet Hammi fan!!!. You can’t get enough of him, I’ll get Angie to send you a pair of his worn underpants.

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    • shroppyfly

      We know Susan has it right........, this will be Lulus legacy and his final year, better late than never doing his own version of a Nico on the 21Nov 2022

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  13. shroppyfly

    No that's fair comment , id forgotten about SP tyre management skills, and again , i must have missed the 2nd request, damn hearing aids...

    The Doc can play hardball with Checo, all he has to do is mention Albons name in his company, and Checo can either play ball or ship out for 23, hell even if he plays ball the doc might bin him, but course i agree bit early for team orders , i feel if Max hadn't have had 2 x DNFs, we wouldn't even be talking about this, Think Rb saw it as too good a gift , not to apply team orders

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  14. Blofly

    Sadly MV’s potential world championship is now devalued by being gifted a win. Something needs to change. This tactic should not be used so early in the season. Put simply it is unsporting Aa was his wdc win over Hamilton.Had Max done a Schumaker and dragged him up and offered to share the win how much better for Max and F1 would it have been and a decent team would have insisted on it.

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  15. shroppyfly

    Ross Braun is Fia, what else is he going to say about slumtownmillionaire

    “It’s not that I was defeated,” he said. “It was just that I was literally 30 seconds behind, so why would I use an engine to finish last or outside the top 15 if that can lead to a penalty later?

    No Lewis Noooo, what you thought was , those headlines are gonna look bad if i finish way out of the points......

    Ever hear Kimi or Alonso say that when they are way down the field ?

    If hes gotta defend his reasoning , then hes already lost, but you never know , he might stick it on pole in Monaco, King George I mean, not whinge whinge baby as a remake of ice ice baby , play that on your piano if you can... musician my Arse....!

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    • Jax

      Go put some rum in your milk bottle and suck on it to sleep instead of whining about Sir Lewis incessantly you Fly brat. 😄. No life and no shame. Smh

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