F1 Grand Prix race results: Sainz wins wild British GP

Carlos Sainz won a thrilling British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday, overcoming his Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc to score his first Formula 1 win.

F1 Grand Prix race results: Sainz wins wild British GP

The race required a restart after a huge first corner crash for Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo, which flipped over and hit the catch fencing, as well as climate change protesters having invaded the track.

Sainz led until Red Bull’s Max Verstappen past him after the opening laps, but Verstappen then suffered bodywork damage and dropped back down the order.

The Spaniard gave up his position to team-mate Leclerc, who was leading when a safety car was required to retrieve the stranded Alpine of Esteban Ocon.

In a wild restart, Sainz passed Leclerc for the win, with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez surging up to second, ahead of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes after some amazingly close racing. Leclerc fell to fourth due to a tyre disadvantage to those around him.

2022 British Grand Prix race results

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Interval Points
1 Spain Carlos Sainz Ferrari 52 1:21'20.440   25
2 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 52 1:21'24.219 3.779 18
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 52 1:21'26.665 2.446 16
4 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 52 1:21'28.986 2.321 12
5 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 52 1:21'30.011 1.025 10
6 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 52 1:21'32.383 2.372 8
7 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 52 1:21'39.217 6.834 6
8 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 52 1:21'39.435 0.218 4
9 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 52 1:21'42.796 3.361 2
10 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas 52 1:21'45.030 2.234 1
11 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 52 1:21'46.587 1.557  
12 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 52 1:21'52.951 6.364  
13 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 52 1:21'53.257 0.306  
14 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 52 1:22'01.350 8.093  
  France Esteban Ocon Alpine 37      
  France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 26      
  Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 20      
  United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes 0      
  China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 0      
  Thailand Alex Albon Williams 0      

How the British Grand Prix unfolded

Verstappen started on softs and launched ahead of polesitter Sainz, with Hamilton surging up to third from fifth, shoving Leclerc wide at Turn 3, but a red flag was required almost immediately.

Zhou’s Alfa Romeo was flipped over on the approach to Turn 1 and crashed hard into the barriers and catch fencing after a long, inverted slide across the gravel trap.

The shunt was triggered when Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri was pinched between Zhou and George Russell (Mercedes), the latter spinning into Zhou’s right-rear tyre and sending him flying. Russell got out of his car and rushed to help Zhou, whose car was wedged between the Armco and the debris fence.

Also involved were Alex Albon (Williams) who was clipped from behind by Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin and slammed into the pit wall before his spinning car was collected by Ocon (Alpine) and Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri). They both crawled back to the pits with damage, while Albon joined Zhou in the medical centre for checks.

As well as the crash, a group of climate change protesters had invaded the track on the Wellington Straight.

The race restarted in its original order, as the first attempt had been halted so quickly. This time, Verstappen was on mediums like Sainz.

Sainz just held on to his lead through the opening corners, while Verstappen came under a huge attack from Leclerc and Perez, the latter sustaining front wing damage against Sainz as the leaders briefly ran four wide at The Loop. Leclerc also suffered wing damage as he lunged inside Perez.

Sainz initially got out of Verstappen’s DRS range out front, with Leclerc in third ahead of Perez, Lando Norris and Hamilton. Perez decided to pit for a new nose, while Hamilton passed Norris for fourth at Brooklands on lap 6.

Verstappen got into DRS range of Sainz by lap 9, and Sainz gave up the lead when he ran wide on to the grass at Becketts a lap later. Meantime, Tsunoda spun into his team-mate Gasly at Village, relegating both AlphaTauris from the points and getting himself a penalty.

Verstappen then slowed and believed he’d picked up a puncture, allowing Sainz back in front for a Ferrari 1-2 on lap 12, and the world champion rejoined in sixth, behind Norris and Alonso. Verstappen reported his car was still “100% broken” – but was told it was broken bodywork, caused by debris he’d run over, rather than a suspension issue that was costing him rear downforce.

Leclerc was imploring Ferrari to switch positions with Sainz, as Hamilton was catching them both. Fearing an undercut attempt from Hamilton, Sainz pitted for hards on lap 21, rejoining in third.

Hamilton then got within Leclerc’s DRS range, prompting Ferrari to pit Leclerc on lap 26 and he rejoined 2s behind Sainz in third.

Hamilton led to his home crowd’s delight, as Leclerc was told he was allowed to fight Sainz for second. Ferrari swapped its cars over on lap 31, with minimal protest from Sainz as he couldn’t hit the target laptime being asked of him.

Hamilton pitted on lap 34, rejoining in third – 3s down on Sainz after a slow stop. Meanwhile Perez worked his way back up to fourth, ahead of Norris and Alonso.

Ocon passed the hamstrung Verstappen on lap 37 but was forced out three laps later, causing a safety car. Sainz, Hamilton and Perez pitted for softs but Leclerc stayed out on his hards.

The race was decided with a frantic 10-lap dash to the finish. Sainz grabbed the lead from Leclerc at Aintree, as Perez passed Hamilton for third at the same spot moments later.

With Sainz checking out up front, taking a 4s lead, Hamilton re-attacked Perez as he got bottled up behind Leclerc.

Hamilton passed Leclerc and Perez in one move at Club, but Perez passed him back at The Loop, taking Leclerc with him.

Hamilton passed Leclerc around the outside of Luffield on lap 48 but Leclerc repassed him at Copse with a stunningly brave move. Hamilton finally made the move for third stick into Stowe using DRS.

Sainz won the race ahead of Perez, Hamilton (who took the extra point for fastest lap), Leclerc, Alonso and Norris.

Verstappen battled hard with Mick Schumacher’s Haas in the closing stages but clung to seventh.

2022 Formula 1 British Grand Prix pitstops

Cla Driver Chassis 1 2 3 4 5
1 Spain Carlos Sainz Ferrari M 1 M 19 H 19 S 13    
2 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull M 1 M 4 M 35 S 13    
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes M 1 M 32 H 6 S 13    
4 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari M 1 M 24 H 27        
5 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine M 1 M 32 H 6 S 13    
6 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren M 1 M 34 H 6 S 12    
7 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull S 1 M 11 M 11 H 16 S 13
8 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas M 3 M 18 H 20 S 13    
9 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin S 1 S 5 M 35 M 15    
10 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas S 1 M 23 M 30        
11 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin M 3 M 16 H 26 M 15    
12 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams S 1 S 18 M 20 S 14    
13 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren M 1 M 20 H 12 S 6 S 14
14 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri M 1 S 17 H 21 S 14    
  France Esteban Ocon Alpine M 1 S 21 H 15        
  France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri M 1 S 15 H 11        
  Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo M 1 M 19            
  United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes H 0                
  China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo M 0                
  Thailand Alex Albon Williams S 0                
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