Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix Race Recap July 2022

Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix Race Recap July 2022

Round 11 in Austria at the Red Bull Ring was another fantastic race of the 2022 Season! We got to witness several racing battles, DNF incidents, and drivers giving it everything they’ve got to win. Let’s go over the details:

 

Here was our starting grid for Round 11 in Austria, as based off Qualifying the day before:

*Starting Grid*

  1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  2. Charles LeClerc (Ferrari)
  3. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

 

Lap 1 gave the world instantaneous drama on the track, and an unfortunate result for Sergio Perez (Red Bull). At Turn 3, whilst the beginning crowdedness is still going on from the start, George Russel (Mercedes) made contact with Sergio Perez (Red Bull). Russell’s front left tire collided with Perez’s rear right tire as Perez went for the outside line. Since Russell did not leave Perez room for the outside line, Russell was given a 5-second time penalty.

 

By Lap 10, we have already begun to witness driving battles! Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) went back and forth with a 0.2 – 0.5 second gap, with LeClerc lunging at every corner. For now, Max was able to stay ahead.

 

On Lap 12, George Russell (Mercedes) came into the pits to serve his 5-second time penalty from his Lap 1 incident, as Alex Albon (Williams) also did. Additionally, Russell also got a fresh set of “Hard” tires and a new Front Wing. During this Pit Stop action, Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) battled it out again with Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and overtook him taking the inside line on the straight!

 

Laps 13-17 presented pit stop strategy opportunities for Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), Nicholas Latifi (Williams), Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Lando Norris (McLaren), and Esteban Ocon (Alpine). All opted for “Hard” tires.

 

Lap 18 gave us a racing battle between Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) as Max re-entered the track from the pits, Max was able to overtake Lewis via the straights utilizing DRS.

 

Lap 24 gifted fans with another racing battle between 5 drivers! Lando Norris (McLaren), Kevin Magnussen (HAAS), Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Mick Schumacher (HAAS), and Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) battled it out 5-cars wide through the corners, attempting to take the 9th place position. Lando Norris (McLaren) took the victory from this 5-car battle and claimed the 9th position.

Laps 25-30 gave pit stop opportunities for Zhou Gunayu (Alfa Romeo), Charles LeClerc (Ferrari), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), and Lance Stroll (Aston Martin). “Hard” Tires were the majority choice. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) also came into the pits, though it was to retire and unfortunately settle for a DNF due to his earlier Lap 1 accident.

 

Lap 33 presented yet another battle between Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Charles LeClerc (Ferrari)! As the two went back and forth, Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) was able to overtake Max for the 1st place position. By this time in the race, here’s our 1/2/3 Positions – Charles LeClerc (Ferrari), Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Carlos Sainz (Ferrari).

 

After the battle, Max Verstappen came into the pits on Lap 36 for a new set of “Hard” tires.

 

Lap 40 showed a racing incident between Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri). As Vettel was taking the lead over Gasly via the outside line, Gasly tried to squeeze Vettel but ended up causing an accident. Gasly’s squeeze caused his front left tire to collide with Vettel’s rear right tire, sending Vettel off the track. This incident caused Gasly to receive a 5-second time penalty.

 

Laps 41-52 gave pit stop opportunities for almost the entire grid, with tire choices ranging from Medium to Hard. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) also came in the pits to retire due to mechanical difficulties and settle for a DNF.

 

Lap 53 – 57 also gave us another battle involving Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Charles LeClerc (Ferrari), and Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)! As the 3 went back and forth, Charles took the 1st place position with Carlos also passing Max for 2nd! On Lap 57, Carlos Sainz was once again struck with tragedy, as his car caught flames and forced him to pull off to the side off the track. As Sainz’s car continued to catch fire and burn, Sainz wasn’t able to get the car to stay and continued to roll backwards. Thankfully, he was able to make it out and the track-side marshals were able to help him out and put the fire out. This called for a Virtual Safety Car, and the race resumed on Lap 60.

 

By the end of the race, it was Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) who claimed 1st place!

 

The results of the Round 11 Austrian Grand Prix resulted in the following:

  1. Charles LeClerc (Ferrari)
  2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  4. (Fastest Lap) – Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 1:07:275

Here are the Current Standings for Formula 1 Drivers Points:

  1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 208
  2. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) – 170
  3. Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) – 151
  4. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 133
  5. George Russell (Mercedes) – 128
  6. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 109
  7. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 64
  8. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) – 52
  9. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) – 46
  10. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) – 29
  11. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) – 22
  12. Kevin Magnussen (HAAS) – 17
  13. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) – 16
  14. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) – 15
  15. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) – 12
  16. Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) – 11
  17. Mick Schumacher (HAAS) – 5
  18. Alexander Albon (Williams) – 3
  19. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) – 3
  20. Nicholas Latifi (Williams) – 0
  21. Nico Hulkenberg (Aston Martin) – 0

Here are the Current Standings for Formula 1 Constructors Points:

  1. Red Bull – 359
  2. Ferrari – 303
  3. Mercedes – 237
  4. McLaren – 81
  5. Alpine – 81
  6. Alfa Romeo – 51
  7. HAAS – 34
  8. AlphaTauri – 27
  9. Aston Martin – 18
  10. Williams – 3

 

The Formula 1 season takes us next to France for Round 12 at the Circuit Paul Ricard! The French Grand Prix will take place from July 22nd – July 24th. The Circuit Paul Ricard is a 53-lap race consisting of 15 turns and spans 5.842km (3.630 miles) per lap. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) currently holds the fastest lap time of 1:32:740 from the 2019 season!

 

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