2022 Brazilian Grand Prix Takeaways
Both championships were locked in earlier than expected, but the 2022 Formula 1 season is the gift that keeps on giving following last weekend’s action in Brazil. The controversies keep coming late into the season, including disregarded team orders, plenty of contact between the 2021 title rivals, and more. With all of the action that happened this weekend, let’s relive the top 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix Storylines brought to you by Nitrobetting.
Key Takeaways from the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix
George Russell grabs first GP victory, Mercedes with double-podium finish
Both Silver Arrows crossed the line first at Autódromo José Carlos Pace, with Russell leading the duo and winning his first career Grand Prix. It was a more straightforward race for the former Williams driver, while Hamilton had a bit of a tussle with Verstappen during the race. Nevertheless, Russell kept his teammate out of DRS range and set the pace well despite immense pressure from the seven-time world champ.
Russell looked comfortable in the lead as he dominated the weekend. There were no unexpected incidents for him this time. The results pulled Mercedes out of the 2022 pit, including the double Q2 exit at Imola and the subsequent races endured by Hamilton. The German constructor finally managed to deliver a competitive car capable of keeping the Red Bulls and Ferraris within striking distance.
Friction at Red Bull
Perez was helpless to prevent dropping from P3 to P7 in the final stages of the race as his old mediums struggled to keep up with his rivals’ soft compounds. To make matters worse, Verstappen refused to let Perez through to get the sixth place he handed to the Dutchman earlier in the race. The results bring Perez level with Charles Leclerc in the fight for second place in the Drivers’ Championship heading into the final Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi.
Multi 21 Seb flashbacks sparked after Verstappen ignored direct and explicit team orders. It was a radio call that dredged up a message that we’d once heard over the Red Bull Racing frequency. The 2022 Monaco Grand Prix winner was in shock as issues surfaced between Checo and teammate Max Verstappen at the same time. Suggestions tell us that something happened in the past that led him to gloss over team orders.
It’s never too late to catch up. Sainz started to take some of the load off his shoulders when he finished P3 on Sunday. It’s fair to say that he did encounter a greater share of unfortunate incidents this season. But, this time around, he was lucky to get past the first safety car restart chaos and the timing of the second safety car was in his favor. He looked like the better Ferrari driver all weekend despite two strong Mercedes’ in front of him.
On the other hand, Charles Leclerc copped enough points for a second-place finish this season. He bagged P4 at Interlagos for 12 points and is tied with Red Bull’s Sergio Perez. It’s going to be a fight down to the wire next week with the Monegasque driver trying to find the silver lining to his downfall in the 2022 season.
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