Formula 1 French Grand Prix Race Recap July 2022

Formula 1 French Grand Prix Race Recap July 2022

Round 12 in France at the Circuit Paul Ricard was an incredible race for the 2022 Season! Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) drove brilliantly after starting from the back due to component penalties, Mercedes continues to climb upwards, and Red Bull increase their lead. Let’s go over the details:


Here was our starting grid for Round 12 in France, as based off Qualifying the day before:

*Starting Grid*

  1. Charles LeClerc (Ferrari)
  2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  3. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)


Starting out the race immediately into Lap 1, Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine) had an incident of collision. Ocon’s front right tire collided with Tsunoda’s rear left tire and mid body, causing heft damage for Tsunoda and dropping him to 20th. Both drivers continued on with the race and Ocon had received a 5-second time penalty for causing the accident.


Laps 9-12 presented early pit stops, opting for Hard tires, for Kevin Magnussen (HAAS), Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo), Mick Schumacher (HAAS), and Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri). By Lap 12, Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) had climbed all the way up to 12th place after starting from the back to due taking on new component penalties, an impressive drive and a true display of skill!


Laps 13-16 showed Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) defending hard from Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Charles gaining in the corners but losing distance from Max on the straights, ultimately leading Max to coming into the pits for Hard tires. This pit stop and its’ extended pit lane cause Max to drop from 2nd to 7th place.


On Lap 18, tragedy struck once again for Ferrari. Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) had a driver mistake of oversteer and lost the rear end, causing him to spin into the gravel and crash his front end into the wall. This caused a safety car and almost the entire grid came into the pits for new tires. 11 drivers opted for Hard tires, while 3 drivers opted for Medium tires. During this time of pit stops and safety car, Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) had to retire alongside Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) due to excessive body damage from his Lap 1 incident with Esteban Ocon (Alpine). By Lap 18, here’s out updated 1/2/3 – Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Sergio Perez (Red Bull).


By Lap 22, Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) continued to demonstrate his skill by climbing to 5th place, after starting from the back! Mick Schumacher (HAAS) had a spinout after experiencing an incident with Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo), but recovered. In an overtake attempt, Zhou’s front left tire collided with Mick’s rear right tire, causing a spinout for Mick and damage to Zhou’s front wing. Zhou came into the pits on Lap 23 for a new front wing a fresh set of tires.


Lap 24, Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) was given a 5-second time penalty for an unsafe release during the Lap 18 pit stop frenzy, followed by Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) also receiving a 5-second time penalty on Lap 26 for his Lap 22 incident with Mick Schumacher (HAAS).


Lap 29 showed some bravery from Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) as he attempted to overtake Alex Albon (Williams) through late braking, though he slightly went off the track and recovered. As drivers, sometimes a risky move can be rewarding!


On Lap 30, Sainz continued his climb from last and is now up to 4th!


Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) came into the pits on Lap 34 for a fresh set of Medium tires, as this race was proving difficult for him and the team.


Nicholas Latifi (Williams) spun off the track on Lap 38 as he was battling with Kevin Magnussen (HAAS), the two were squeezing one another to again the advantage on the outline line of Turn 2, causing both to come into the pits. While Magnussen was forced to retire and DNF, Latifi put on a fresh set of Medium tires and continued the race.


Lap 41 showed an epic battle between Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Sergio Perez (Red Bull), with Sainz taking the lead and now climbed to 3rd place! To keep in mind, Sainz still has to serve his 5-second time penalty, which he came into the pits for new tires and to serve that penalty on Lap 43.


Lap 42 gave us a small incident between George Russell (Mercedes) and Sergio Perez (Red Bull), as George made contact with Perez by forcing him wide. Perez went off into the recovery lane and got his place back ahead of George.


Nicholas Latifi (Williams) came into the pits on Lap 43 and had to retire his car for a DNF due to mechanical difficulties. Following him on Lap 49, Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) also had to retire due to mechanical difficulties, though Zhou pulled off onto the side of the track. This called for a VSC (Virtual Safety Car), which ended on the end of Lap 50.


George Russell (Mercedes) was able to finally pass Sergio Perez (Red Bull) on Lap 51, just as the VSC was called off, giving him 3rd place! In the end, it was Max Verstappen (Red Bull) who took the victory being miles ahead.


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

  1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
  3. George Russell (Mercedes)
  4. (Fastest Lap) – Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 1:35:781

Here are the Current Standings for Formula 1 Drivers Points:

  1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 233
  2. Charles LeClerc (Ferrari) – 170
  3. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) – 163
  4. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) – 144
  5. George Russell (Mercedes) – 143
  6. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 127
  7. Lando Norris (McLaren) – 70
  8. Esteban Ocon (Alpine) – 56
  9. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) – 46
  10. Fernando Alonso (Alpine) – 37
  11. Kevin Magnussen (HAAS) – 22
  12. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) – 19
  13. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) – 16
  14. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) – 15
  15. Mick Schumacher (HAAS) – 12
  16. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) – 11
  17. Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) – 5
  18. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) – 4
  19. Alexander Albon (Williams) – 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 – 396
  2. Ferrari – 314
  3. Mercedes – 270
  4. Alpine – 93
  5. Mercedes – 89
  6. Alfa Romeo – 51
  7. HAAS – 34
  8. AlphaTauri – 27
  9. Aston Martin – 19
  10. Williams – 3


The Formula 1 season takes us next to Hungary for Round 13 at the Hungaroring! The Hungarian Grand Prix will take place from July 29th – July 31st. The Hungaroring is a 70-lap race consisting of 14 turns and spans 4.381km (2.722 miles) per lap. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) currently holds the fastest lap time of 1:16:627 from the 2020 season!


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