The 2022 British Grand Prix took place on Sunday, July 3, from the legendary Silverstone Circuit. It’s a race where the broadcasters say, “Maggots and Becketts” so much, you start to think it’s a home decor store in your town, and not the names of sections of a race track.
It was an eventful race. This is what happened.
1. Carlos Sainz – Ferrari
2. Sergio Perez – Red Bull
3. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
4. Charles Leclerc – Ferrari
5. Fernando Alonso – Alpine
6. Lando Norris – McLaren
7. Max Verstappen – Red Bull
8. Mick Schumacher – Haas
9. Sebastian Vettel – Aston Martin
10. Kevin Magnussen – Haas
11. Lance Stroll – Aston Martin
12. Nicholas Latifi – Williams
13. Daniel Ricciardo – McLaren
14. Yuki Tsunoda – AlphaTauri
15. Esteban Ocon – Alpine (DNF)
16. Pierre Gasly – AlphaTauri (DNF)
17. Valtteri Bottas – Alfa Romeo (DNF)
18. George Russell – Mercedes (DNF)
19. Zhou Guanyu – Alfa Romeo (DNF)
20. Alex Albon – Williams (DNF)
1. First Corner Crash
After the last race in Canada, I mentioned how there seemed to be a lack of collisions nowadays. I wasn’t saying I wanted collisions, I was just pointing out that there weren’t many.
Well, I jinxed it.
At the first corner of this race, we witnessed one of the most frightening crashes in F1 history.
There was some jostling amongst the cars as they left the grid. Before we knew it, cars were going sideways and Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was upside down, travelling at high speed into the gravel track, where it eventually flipped over the tire barricade, and caught itself on the protective fencing just a few feet in front of spectators.
Zhou Guanyu was okay. The halo on the car protected him as the car was upside down.
It was a horrific sight. You can look up the video if you want. There are multiple angles, including ones from the bleachers where the car almost ended up.
George Russell was one of the cars affected by the crash. As soon as his Mercedes came to a stop, he jumped out and ran over to Guanyu’s car to see if he was okay. Had Russell stayed in his car, he could’ve probably limped back to the pits and gotten repairs during the Red Flag, but because he got out of the car, he wasn’t allowed to continue.
Life is more important than a race. I have so much respect for Russell for doing that.
I’m glad everyone walked away from it unharmed. Although the number of collisions seems to be lower lately, this was a reminder that when cars are travelling that fast, anything can happen.
This was one of the best F1 races I’ve ever seen. That’s not an exaggeration. It had everything, from start to finish. Cars were passing each other! The podium positions were in doubt, up until the very end. It was wonderful.
I’m not going to try and put all the highlights of the race into nicely organized paragraphs, so here are my raw notes that I made during the race.
- First corner crash, Zhou flips, red flag.
- Synchronized spinning – Gasly and Tsunoda. 5 second penalty for Yuki.
- Lap 12 – Max has puncture. Ran over a curb. Both Ferraris go past for 1-2. Was in picture-in-picture commercial.
- Max comes back out but says “the car is 100% broken”. Something is wrong with the rear. Not critical, but car performance lost.
- Leclerc is faster than Sainz, but Sainz is leading. Hamilton catching both of them. Charles frustrated.
- Max came out on Hard tyres, but not happy he’s on the slow tyre with car damage. Floor damage from Lap 20.
- Lewis leads Grand Prix, Lap 26.
- Ferrari finally swap cars on Lap 31. Charles into P2.
- Ocon pulls over on lap 39. Safety car coming out!
- Sainz, Hamilton and Perez stop for softs in 2-3-4.
- Restart on Lap 43. Sainz goes into P1. Perez goes into P3.
- Lap 45: Leclerc and Perez fight for second, Leclerc goes wide, Hamilton passes both of them! Crowd goes wild. Start of Lap 46, they both pass Hamilton. Hamilton goes into P3, Lap 48.
- 5 cars within 20 metres. Haven’t seen racing like this in years.
- Sainz gets his first win in 150 races.
- Schumacher finished 8th but almost gets 7th from Max.
What a race!
The next race was Sunday, July 10, in Austria. I will have takeaways from that up soon.