2022 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix highlights

Introduction

 

Max Verstappen led a Red Bull one-two in the 2022 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix after the retirements of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, giving Mercedes’ George Russell P3 at Baku.

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Pole-sitter Charles Leclerc lost the lead at the start but regained it when the leading Red Bull of Max Verstappen pitted on Lap 19. One lap later, Leclerc’s race went up in a puff of smoke and he crawled back to the pits to retire. This would be Ferrari’s second retirement of the race as Carlos Sainz stopped with a hydraulic failure on Lap 9.

Leclerc’s DNF left Verstappen ahead of Sergio Perez (who took the fastest lap) in a one-two for Red Bull, with Mercedes driver Russell promoted into the final podium place, having started fifth.

Teammate and Driver of the Day, Lewis Hamilton, started seventh and finished fourth having pitted during the VSC on Lap 10 and the following one on Lap 34, passing Pierre Gasly 10 laps later with the benefit of newer tyres. The AlphaTauri driver finished fifth having started sixth.

Sebastian Vettel took P6 for Aston Martin having begun the race on medium tyres, pitting during the first VSC and finishing the race on hards.

Alpine’s Fernando Alonso started 10th but made it up to seventh having begun on medium tyres, going long on his first stint and pitting after 18 laps to finish the race on hard tyres and beat both McLarens to P7.

Daniel Ricciardo finished eighth from 12th, starting on hards to jump Lando Norris (P9). Rounding out the top 10 was Esteban Ocon, who started from 13th on hard tyres and took the final point for Alpine.

Valtteri Bottas missed out on points in P11, the Alfa Romeo driver having begun on hard tyres and, like Ricciardo, pitted during the second VSC of the race.

Alex Albon made it up to P12 for Williams after starting 17th. He finished ahead of Yuki Tsunoda, the AlphaTauri driver dropping from sixth to 13th late on with a DRS issue.

Mick Schumacher took 14th ahead of Nicholas Latifi, 15 seconds worth of penalties leaving him 15th and last.

Alfa Romeo’s Zhou Guanyu was the third retiree of the race, the #24 pulling into the pits on Lap 24. He was joined by Kevin Magnussen, whose stoppage brought out the second VSC of the race, and Lance Stroll, a suspected engine issue stopping the Aston Martin driver three laps from the end.

Mario Isola – Motorsport Director, Pirelli:

In all likelihood, this would have been a one-stop race, but the opportunities presented by the virtual safety cars for pit stops with minimal time loss were too good for several of the teams to ignore. This influenced the timing of the pit stops and therefore the strategy. We still saw seven of the 15 finishers stopping only once, which underlines the durability as well as the performance of the tyres here. With the conditions as they were, on a hot track featuring high speeds, it was clear that the harder compounds were best suited to today’s race: a fact that many of the teams had anticipated by saving more than one set of hard tyres for the Grand Prix.

2022 Formula 1 Azerbaijan GP Race Results

Pos No Driver Country Team Time Points Overall
1. 1 Max Verstappen Netherlands Red Bull Racing Honda 1:34:05.941 25 150
2. 11 Sergio Perez Mexico Red Bull Racing Honda +20.823s 19 129
3. 63 George Russell Great Britain Mercedes-AMG Petronas +45.995s 15 99
4. 44 Lewis Hamilton Great Britain Mercedes-AMG Petronas +71.679s 12 62
5. 10 Pierre Gasly France Scuderia AlphaTauri +77.299s 10 16
6. 5 Sebastian Vettel Germany Aston Martin F1 Team +84.099s 8 13
7. 14 Fernando Alonso Spain Alpine F1 Team +88.596s 6 16
8. 3 Daniel Ricciardo Australia McLaren Racing +92.207s 4 15
9. 4 Lando Norris Great Britain Mclaren Racing +92.556s 2 50
10. 31 Esteban Ocon France Alpine F1 Team +108.184s 1 31
11. 77 Valtteri Bottas Finland Alfa Romeo F1 Team +1 lap 0 40
12. 23 Alexander Albon Thailand Williams Racing +1 lap 0 3
13. 22 Yuki Tsunoda Japan Scuderia AlphaTauri +1 lap 0 11
14. 47 Mick Schumacher Germany Haas F1 Team +1 lap 0 0
15. 6 Nicholas Latifi Canada Williams Racing +1 lap 0 0
16. 18 Lance Stroll Canada Aston Martin F1 Team DNF 0 2
17. 20 Kevin Magnussen Denmark Haas F1 Team DNF 0 15
18. 24 Zhou Guanyu China Alfa Romeo F1 Team DNF 0 1
19. 16 Charles Leclerc Monaco Scuderia Ferrari DNF 0 116
20. 55 Carlos Sainz Spain Scuderia Ferrari DNF 0 83

2022 Constructor Standings

Pos Picture Team Points
1. Red Bull Racing 279
1. Scuderia Ferrari 199
3. Mercedes-AMG F1 Team 161
4. McLaren Racing 65
5. Alpine F1 Team 47
6. Alfa Romeo Racing 41
7. Scuderia AlphaTauri 27
8. Haas F1 Team 15
9. Aston Martin F1 Team 15
10. Williams Racing 3

Here are the team-by-team highlights:

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