Hello everybody and welcome to race day here on the Marca in English live blog for Formula 1‘s 2022 British GP.
The start time for today’s race at Silverstone is 16:00 CEST, making it 15:00 BST. If you’re joining us in the United States, the start time is 10:00 ET / 06:00 PT.
Carlos Sainz took pole position in qualifying and will thus start the British Grand Prix first, ahead of Max Verstappen (P2) and Charles Leclerc (P3).
Sainz opens up about his first win in Formula 1 to Jenson Button during the post-race interview.
“I don’t know what to say, it’s amazing,” Sainz told Button.
“First race win, 150 races later, with Ferrari in Silverstone. I cannot ask for more. It’s a very special day and a day that I will never forget.
“Thank you everyone for the cheers. Lewis was on it today, one of his days but we managed to hold on.”
1. Max Verstappen – 181 points
2. Sergio Perez – 147 points
3. Charles Leclerc – 138 points
4. Carlos Sainz – 127 points
5. George Russell – 111 points
6. Lewis Hamilton – 94 points
7. Lando Norris – 56 points
8. Valtteri Bottas – 44 points
9. Esteban Ocon – 39 points
10. Fernando Alonso – 32 points
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)
A fantastic race from Sainz sees the Spainiard take his first win in Formula 1, he is followed by Perez and Hamilton with Leclerc and Alonso rounding out the top 5.
Behind them Schumacher comes in eighth to score his first points in Formula 1.
Hamilton meanwhile sets the fastest lap of the race to close out what was a siginificant improvement this weeknd!
The Mercedes and Ferrari drivers battle each other side by side for several corners as Hamilton eventually finds his way past. With three laps to go anything can happen.
But it’s Sainz who’s comfortably in the lead with the Spanish driver set to take his first win of the year!
The restart sees Sainz take the lead from Leclerc as Perez finds a way past Hamilton.
Perez, Hamilton and Leclerc battling for second! It’s all kicking off at Silverstone!
The Safety Car is set to come in this lap leaving the drivers with a straight fight to the finish.
Leclerc looks particularly vulnerable having stayed out on the hard tyres. With Hamilton the quickest driver on the circuit both Ferraris could be in serious trouble!
Ocon comes to a halt on the back straight bringing out the Safety Car.
Sainz and Hamilton pit for soft tyres while Leclerc stays out. The race has been turned on its head once more.
Ocon is the latest driver to find a way past the struggling Verstappen.
At the front of Leclerc pulls away from Sainz but Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race with the seven-time world champion sensing an opportunity as Sainz is told to manage his fuel consumption
Hamilton finally comes into the pits. Leclerc now leads by 1.5 seconds with Hamilton 4.5 seconds behind Sainz.
Ferrari have instructed Sainz to give up his place to Leclerc with the latter moving into second.
The onus in now on Mercedes to respond with Hamilton still staying out in front.
Hamilton continues to lead the race stretching the life of his medium compound tyres.
Ferrari have informed Leclerc that is he free to fight Sainz for second.
Verstappen comes into the pits once again for what should be his final stop of the race. The Dutchman is still not fully satisfied with his car.
At the front the gap between Leclerc and Hamilton has reduced to under one second as Leclerc comes into the pits.
Sainz makes his first pit stop on lap 21 while Leclerc and Hamilton continue to set the pace at the front with Hamilton closing in on the Monegasque driver.
Meanwhile Bottas retires from the race ending a dismal afternoon for the Alfa Romeo team.
Mercedes’ Hamilton sets another fast lap as Ferrari continue to debate reversing Sainz and Leclerc.
Sainz has been told to get a move on but on current evidence it doesn’t seem like he has the pace. Leclerc is clearly unhappy.
Verstappen has sent a series of radio messages to his engineer saying that his car is undriveable.
Meanwhile Hamilton is closing in on the Ferrari pair as Sainz and Leclerc continue to battle for the lead
The Dutchman suffers a puncture after running over a piece of debris!
Sainz retakes the lead with Leclerc now in second and Hamilton in third! What a race this has been so far!
An error from Sainz, which saw the Ferrari briefly go off the circuit sees Verstappen take the lead of the British GP.
Sainz is now coming under pressure from his teammate Leclerc as Hamilton sets the fastest lap of the race
After a chaotic opening few laps the race seems to have settled down. Verstappen has closed the gap to Sainz to under one second meaning the Dutchman will be able to attack the Spainiard with the help of DRS.
Meanwhile Hamilton has found a way past Norris with the Mercedes driver now fourth.
DRS now enablaed. Leclerc relays that his car is okay after a very aggressive restart, Perez is still suffering from a damaged front wing which has compromised his speed and he eventually goes into the pits
Great start by Sainz this time as he squeezes Verstappen, Leclerc overtakes Perez before making contact with Verstappen.
The running order on the restart is Sainz, Verstappen, Leclerc, Perez and Norris in the top five positions!
The cars now make their way to the grid for the second start of the race after almost an hour. Let’s hope it’s smooth running from here
We will get underway in a little under seven minutes. The running order has been returned to the qualifying order and the race will will restart on lap 2 after the drivers completed a solitary lap behind the Safety Car
The race order will revert back to the qualifying order for the restart. Sainz will start first with Verstappen second.
It’s been confimed that Alfa Romeo’s Zhou and William’s Albon are all okay and are currently in the medical center
Great news, Zhou has been removed from his car and is conscious. The Chinese driver is now being stretchered away for further checks.
The incident saw Zhou’s Alfa Romeo turned upside down with the car sliding across the run off area. Russell and Albon appear to be okay but we’re still waiting on confirmation about what happened to Zhou
Verstappen gets away well with the Dutchman taking the lead however a huge crash between Tsunoda, Russell, Albon, Ocon and
That looked really, really worrying for Zhou. Let’s hope he’s okay.
This is how the drivers will line up for the start of the British GP
1. Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
2. Max Verstappen, Red Bull
3. Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
4. Sergio Perez, Red Bull
5. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
6. Lando Norris, McLaren
7. Fernando Alonso, Alpine
8. George Russell, Mercedes
9. Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo
10. Nicholas Latifi, Williams
11. Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
12. Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
13. Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
14. Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
15. Esteban Ocon, Alpine
16. Alexander Albon, Williams
17. Kevin Magnussen, Haas
18. Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
19. Mick Schumacher, Haas
20. Lance Stroll, Aston Martin
There seems to be a problem with Leclerc’s Ferrari! His mechanics are furiously trying to change an electronic component under the supervision of FIA’s Technical Delegate Joe Bauer.
Spanish driver Carlos Sainz will start the race from pole, and the Ferrari driver has his strategy mapped out for the start.
“I’m going to send it, I think we’re all going to send it,” Sainz commented.
“Lap one is always tricky here, there are a lot of fights going on until turn nine like many people know. I hope that this year we’re going to get a clean one and go from there.”
The Red Bull garage seems the place to be at the moment with the likes of Sam Ryder, Virgil van Dijk and Damien Lewis all appearing there.
Former world champion Jenson Button is excited about the British GP, irrespective of the weather conditions.
“I can’t wait for the start here, whether it’s wet or dry,” Button said on SkySports. “I think it’s going to be action-packed all the way around the first lap.”
As predicted by multiple sources, the drivers will start the race in wet conditions. While the showers aren’t as intense as they were for qualifying there’s an added bit of drama for what looks like a very exciting race ahead.
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