Charles Leclerc won the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix on a dramatic day, as the Ferrari driver returned to winning ways in his bid to win his first World Drivers’ Championship this season.
Despite struggling with technical issues late in the race due to a faulty throttle, Leclerc held just enough pace to keep Red Bull’s Max Verstappen at bay, finishing P2 in his team’s home race. Verstappen did earn an extra point for the fastest lap.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finished third, while championship contenders Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz failed to finish the race at the Red Bull Ring.
Perez collided with George Russell on the first lap of the race, causing terminal damage to his Red Bull car and resulting in a five-second penalty for the British driver, while Sainz’s Ferrari caught fire as he chased down Verstappen for P2 near the end of the race.
Russell finished fourth, with Esteban Ocon, Mick Schumacher, Lando Norris, Kevin Magnussen, Daniel Ricciardo, and Fernando Alonso rounding out the top ten.
2022 Austrian Grand Prix results
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull||Red Bull||1.532|
|11||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo||Ferrari|
|13||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||Mercedes|
|14||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo||Ferrari|
|15||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri||Red Bull|
|16||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri||Red Bull|
|17||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||Mercedes|
|Sergio Perez||Red Bull||Red Bull|
Leclerc holds nerve to end winless run in the Austrian Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc of Ferrari returned to winning ways by taking the checkered flag at the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix, moving up to second in the World Drivers’ Championship standings.
The title contender dominated the race at the Red Bull Ring, passing Max Verstappen twice on track and winning for the first time since the Australian Grand Prix in early April.
Late throttle issues made for a difficult final few laps, but Leclerc handled the difficulties expertly to bring his Ferrari home in first place.
Sainz and Perez both retire
However, Leclerc’s teammate, Carlos Sainz, saw his Ferrari engulfed by flames during the closing stages of the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix.
The Spaniard, who had just won his first F1 race in Silverstone, was chasing down Verstappen for P2 when his Ferrari’s power unit failed and caught fire on the straight down to corner four at the Red Bull Ring.
As race officials struggled to keep the flames under control, Sainz was forced to flee.
Sergio Perez of Red Bull was also forced to retire from the race after colliding with Mercedes’ George Russell on the first lap, causing significant damage to his car.
Russell was given a five-second penalty for the crash, which caused Perez to spin into the gravel. That will be of no comfort to Perez, who has dropped to third in the World Drivers’ Championship standings as a result of Leclerc’s victory.
Another double points finish for Haas.
With their raw pace, American team Haas continues to close the gap to the elite, as drivers Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen both took points at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Finishing in P6 and P8, the midfield team looked dangerous all weekend, particularly with their raw straight-line speed, which proved problematic for rival drivers around the Red Bull Ring.
Schumacher’s P6 finish was also his highest-ever in a Formula 1 race, as his promising career in the sport continues to flourish.