34% of respondents to a poll conducted by F1 identified the battle at Silverstone as their favorite race of the season, which featured memorable moments throughout.
As three drivers were forced to retire prior to the first corner, the race got off to a frantic start. As the Halo device once more proved itself worthy of introduction, Zhou Guanyu collided with George Russell and sent him skidding across the asphalt on his roof.
After Sebastian Vettel misjudged the braking zone and crashed into the back of the Williams, Alex Albon, who was positioned lower down the grid, was forced to call it a day as well.
Albon lost control of his car and crashed head-on into the wall. He then bounced back onto the track and narrowly avoided Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren. He did, however, hit Vettel and Esteban Ocon, but after the red flag restart, both drivers were able to continue.
A four-way battle for the lead between Ferraris and Red Bulls broke out after the second start, thankfully with fewer collisions.
Max Verstappen was left to chase Carlos Sainz after Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez made contact. The Dutchman eventually took the lead, but he was sabotaged by debris on the track and had to pit for a puncture.
Following the Safety Car brought out by Esteban Ocon’s stoppage, Ferrari chose not to bring race leader Leclerc in for a set of new tires as the race entered its final stages. This was another disaster class from Ferrari in terms of strategy.
However, they did bring Sainz in and replaced his old hards with new softs, allowing the Spaniard to pass his teammate on the first lap under green flag conditions.
David Croft of Sky Sports yelled, “through goes Hamilton!” as Sainz sped off into the distance in the second race of the season. as he won P2 by passing both Perez and Leclerc.
After that, Perez regained the position, and after a fierce battle for the final podium spot between Leclerc and Hamilton, the seven-time World Champion delighted the British audience with P3.
The race was a worthy winner and one that will be remembered for a long time due to the drama of the final stages.
The Sao Paulo Grand Prix was next, with 21% of votes cast for the race that saw George Russell win for the first time in Formula One.
The Hungarian Grand Prix received 4%, the Belgian Grand Prix received 5%, and the Bahrain Grand Prix received 8%.
In 2022, Haas finished eighth in the constructor’s championship. One of the highlights of the season was Kevin Magnussen’s victory in the Saturday sprint race at the Brazilian Grand Prix, which earned him his first pole position in his career.
Steiner provided an explanation when he appeared on the Beyond The Grid podcast:
“I believe we are in a better position. We had a very good year in 2018, but our vehicle was not up to our expectations in 2019. After that, I’d say that the year 20 brought quite a few backward hits in a very short time.
After that, we were forced to come up with “21” with two rookie drivers. However, in the year 22 we have made a significant advancement. Therefore, I believe our objective is to continue in the same direction as in 2018.”
The team has been able to take advantage of the new cost cap regulations by hiring Ferrari employees who were at risk of losing their jobs. This includes Simone Resta, Ferrari’s former chief designer, who is now Haas’ technical director.
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