Max Ferstappen of Red Bull Racing won Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix in Formula 1 in 2022 after Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was forced to step down from powertrain problems after comfortably leading for most of the race.

Red Bull co-driver Sergio Perez finished second about 13 seconds ago, helping Red Bull finish his second finish one or two of the season, while George Russell of Mercedes-Benz AMG finished third, almost 33 seconds behind the winner.

Leclerc started the pole race and was never threatened until the 26th lap when his power unit failed. Part of the reason for Leclerc’s good start in the early stages was trouble for Ferstappen. The Red Bull driver was second at the start, but soon suffered a spin that dropped him to fourth, followed by a faulty DRS that kept him behind Russell for most of the first half of the race. Next behind was Perez and then Walter Botas of Alfa Romeo.

Around the 24th round of the Ferstappen DRS he started working again, and thus he was able to challenge Russell. The two drivers swapped places in a tense battle, and then Ferstappen’s DRS stopped working again while Russell was ahead. After Leclerc retired on the 27th lap, Ferstappen made a pit stop and recovered to fourth place after Botas, while Perez and Russell overtook further. Perez by DRS bypassed Russell to take the lead on lap 31, while Ferstappen bypassed Botas and finished third at about the same time.

Spanish Grand Prix in Formula 1 2022

Then Russell on the old tires went into boxing, losing second place to Ferstappen. Then it was Perez’s turn to go into boxing, causing Ferstappen to take the lead. Ferstappen once again stopped at the 44th lap, regaining the advantage of Perez. However, after he returned to the race in second place, Ferstappen was given the opportunity to become the leader of Perez, and the riders continued to finish one or two.

Behind them was Russell in third place and then Carlos Sainz of Ferrari, who dropped early to 11th place after spinning on the seventh lap. Mercedes Lewis Hamilton seemed ready to take fourth place, although the seven-time world champion was forced to slow down on suspicion of a water leak in his power unit, which allowed Sainz to climb to fourth. Despite the slowdown, Hamilton was able to hold on to fifth place, ahead of Botas.

After a weekend game, Ferstappen has now moved to the top of the 2022 championship, scoring 110 points. Leclerc is second with 104 points, Perez is third with 85 points. In the Designers Championship, Red Bull is now leading with 195 points against 169 in Ferrari and 120 in Mercedes.

The next race on the calendar is the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.

Spanish Grand Prix in Formula 1 2022

Spanish Grand Prix in Formula 1 2022

Below are the full results of the Spanish Grand Prix in Formula 1 2022:

1) Max Ferstappen, Red Bull Racing
2) Sergio Perez, Red Bull Racing +13.072 seconds
3) George Russell, Mercedes-Benz AMG +32.927 seconds
4) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari +45,208 seconds
5) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz AMG +54.534 seconds
6) Walter Botas, Alfa Romeo +59.976 seconds
7) Esteban Ocon, Alpine +75,397 seconds
8) Landa Norris, McLaren +83.235 seconds
9) Fernando Alonso, Alpine +1 circle
10) Yuki Tsunoda, AlfaTauri +1 circle
11) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin +1 circle
12) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren +1 circle
13) Pierre Gasley, Alpha Taurus +1 circle
14) Mick Schumacher, Haas +1 circle
15) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin +1 circle
16) Nicholas Latifi, Williams +2 circles
17) Kevin Magnussen, Haas +2 circles
18) Alexander Albon, Williams +2 laps
NC) Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo – DNF
NC) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari – DNF

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