Top five moments from the 2022 British Grand Prix08 June 2023
With everything from dramatic crashes and maiden wins, to last lap passes and the 'big three' going wheel-to-wheel, the 2022 British Grand Prix was one of the greatest races in Silverstone's esteemed history. With such a rich mix of highlights, whittling down the golden moments is no easy task but here are our top five take aways from the 2022 British Grand Prix.
The marshals and medical response to Guanyu's crash
Just seconds after the race started, Alfa Romeo's Zhou Guanyu was sent spinning into the barriers at Turn 1 after a tap on the rear, right tyre by George Russell's Mercedes. Guanyu's car flipped, crushing the roll hoop above his head before the car continued upside down across the gravel trap and into the barriers. While it's a situation no driver wishes to find themselves in, luckily Guanyu wasn't there for long thanks to the excellent team of marshals and medics who reached the scene within moments of it happening. Both Albon - who was also sent spinning - and Zhou were rushed to the medical centre for further tests before being dismissed with a clean bill of health, permitting them to be back on the grid the following weekend.
Checo's rise from last to P2
Zero to hero is a phrase used too frequently in the world of motorsport but if anyone's worthy of such a description, it was Red Bull Racing's Sergio Perez on that sunny day at Silverstone. After the restart of the race following the Turn 1 crash, Checo collided with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, causing damaging to the Mexican’s front wing. Pulling into the pits on lap five to have a new wing installed, he re-joined the track dead last. Fortunately, it wasn't long before drivers ahead of him started to pit and by lap 22, he was up to P8 and still on the rise. Advancing to P4 by lap 35, Checo was hot on the heels of Hamilton when a Saftey Car was called, giving Checo a chance to pit for fresh tyres. With racing back underway, the Mexican wrestled with Leclerc and Hamilton for second - a battle that he won, finding himself on the penultimate step of the podium after a remarkable race.
Ferrari, Red Bull & Mercedes battle it out
After the race restarted with ten laps to go, we were treated to the big three battling it out at the front. Leading the pack was Ferrari's Charles Lecerc in front of teammate Carlos Sainz, while Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton held onto third as Red Bull's Sergio Perez hunted the Brit in forth. As the race neared its conclusion, Sainz sprinted ahead leaving Leclerc defending advances from Perez and Hamilton. Going wheel-to-wheel until the very end, it was Perez who pipped Hamilton to second, resulting in Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes all on the podium.
Home race hero Hamilton's fight for the podium
With eight British Grand Prix wins to his name, Lewis Hamilton's track record at Silverstone is nothing short of legendary. Despite Mercedes' fall from top form, the British driver and home race hero gave the crowds exactly what they came to see as he clinched a podium finish in the final moments of the race. Following the restart, which left just ten laps until the chequered flag, Hamilton found himself fighting to hold onto third place in the running. With just four laps to go, the Brit burst past Ferrari's Charles Leclerc to rapturous applause from the adoring crowd. Crossing the line with Leclerc in his mirrors, 2022 marked another podium finish at Silverstone for the great British driver.
Sainz first win
For Ferrari's Carlos Sainz, Silverstone might just be the Spaniard's favourite place on earth. Before the 2022 British Grand Prix, Sainz had fought his way through 149 races but victory had proved elusive. After managing to pull off Pole in Qualifying, Sainz sat on the front row alongside Red Bull's formidable frontman and reigning champion Max Verstappen. Despite the first lap crash, Sainz started strong, defending advances from Verstappen and his teammate Leclerc. After 43 laps, Sainz managed to put some distance between him and his teammate, extending his lead until the checkered flag nine laps later, where he confidently strode to victory. "First race win, 150 races later, with Ferrari in Silverstone. I cannot ask for more," said the Spaniard. "It's a very special day, a day that I will never forget, a very special weekend in general."
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