Verstappen wins the first sprint race of the season

The Formula 1 paddock came to Ferrari, Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari Track, for the 4th race of the 2022 season. Thus, the European season opened.

This weekend, the sprint format is used for the first time in the 2022 season. If you want to know what has changed in the sprint format for this season, you can take a look at our news.

F1 Sprint Guide:

Yesterday, the 1st training sessions and qualifying heats took place. Max Verstappen took pole position in the qualifying laps contested in dry and wet conditions and the Dutch driver was allowed to start the sprint race from first place.

Before today’s race, the track was dry. Teams are free to choose their tires in sprint races and there is no pit stop requirement. Haas and Nicholas Latifi riders started the race with average dough. Other riders preferred the soft tire.

The 21-lap race started and Charles Leclerc took the lead with a strong start before even rounding the first corner. After a bad start, Verstappen manages to retain Lando Norris and retains second place.

Kevin Magnussen, Sergio Pérez and Daniel Ricciardo; They engage side by side in the first chicane. There was minor contact between these three, but the 3 pilots were able to continue on their way.

Fernando Alonso was the loser from the start. The double champion was transferred to Perez and Ricciardo and regressed to 7th place. Lewis Hamilton also lost 2 places and regressed to 15th place.

Before the end of the first lap, there is contact between Guanyu Zhou and Pierre Gasly at turn 9. Zhou flew towards the barriers and said goodbye to the race. Gasly punctured his right front tire and damaged his front wing. The French driver continued the race after visiting the pit lane.

Due to this accident, the safety car exited after only half an action lap. Behind the safety car, Leclerc, Verstappen, Norris, Magnussen, Perez, Ricciardo, Alonso, Carlos Sainz, Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas formed the top 10.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, the peloton far away at the start

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When we reached the 5th lap of the 21 lap race, the race started again. Leclerc immediately starts the race at the exit of the last corner and holds his position. There was no change in the top 10 at the first corner.

On lap 7, Sainz left Alonso behind and moved up to 7th place. Meanwhile, Leclerc had increased the gap to Verstappen to 1.2 seconds and was out of DRS range.

A lap later, on lap 8, Perez comfortably passed Magnussen on the main straight and moved up to 4th place. After this passage, the Mexican pilot set off in pursuit of the 3rd Norris. Norris, who was in 3rd place, broke away from the Verstappen-Leclerc duo and is 4 seconds behind this duo.

After a 3-round chase, Perez passed Norris on lap 11 and moved up to 3rd place. Further behind, Ricciardo took 5th place by overtaking Magnussen.

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After Ricciardo, Sainz passes Magnussen. Sainz then caught Ricciardo and passed him. The Spaniard thus climbs to 5th place.

When we got to lap 17 things started to heat up at the front. Verstappen had closed the gap to leader Leclerc and was within range of the Monegasque driver’s DRS. Leclerc was suffering from chipping on his right front tire and Verstappen started to closely follow the Monegasque driver.

After chasing Leclerc 3 laps, the Dutchman left Leclerc behind on lap 20 and regained the lead.

The defending champion made no mistake about it after taking the lead on lap 20 and winning the first sprint race of the 2022 season at home to Ferrari. Thus, Verstappen scored 8 points and earned the right to start tomorrow’s Grand Prix from first place.

Leclerc finished second behind Verstappen and got 7 points. Sergio Perez completes the top 3 and gets 6 points. Carlos Sainz started the race from 10th and moved up to 4th and reduced the damage.

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18

Photo: Andy Hone/Motorsport Images

Lando Norris took 5th place ahead of his teammate Ricciardo. Valtteri Bottas made a good drive in the qualifying race and saw the checkered flag in 7th place.

Magnussen was slow in race pace and fell 4 places to take 8th place. The Danish driver obtained the last point of the day.

Alonso finished 9th ahead of Mick Schumacher. Mercedes didn’t have the pace they wanted in the race either. George Russell finished 11th and Lewis Hamilton 14th.

Yuki Tsunoda, who was knocked out in Q1 in yesterday’s qualifying rounds, left behind a better day today and finished the race in 12th place.

Sebasitan Vettel, starting from 9th place, finished 13th. Vettel’s teammate Lance Stroll crossed the finish line in 15th place.

Esteban Ocon was 16th ahead of Pierre Gasly; The Williams drivers share the last 2 places.

The Emilia-Romagna GP will start tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.

Race result:

Sparks fly with Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Sparks fly with Kevin Magnussen, Haas VF-22, Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing RB18

Photo: Steven Tee/Motorsport Images

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