On the face of it, Scuderia Ferrari Spanish driver Carlos Sainz went ahead and parlayed his first pole into his first Formula 1 victory, but of course that barely touches the essence of the 2022 British Grand Prix at the Silverstone circuit. Alfa Romeo’s Guanyu Zhou, who had qualified an excellent P9, escaped from an enormous first-corner accident triggered by cars around him.
Then, just when Max Verstappen seemed to be heading for an easy win, his Red Bull slowed with suspected rear diffuser damage. The Ferrari F1-75 car of Charles Leclerc was also battle-scarred from early on but, even so, the Monegasque drove brilliantly to take the lead from his team-mate, Carlos Sainz. Also right up there, pushing the Scuderia Ferrari drivers was Silverstone’s favourite son, Lewis Hamilton; his revised Mercedes was imperfect but, with the latest updates, was still massively better than it had been only a few races before.
Then, with ten laps to go, everything changed. Ferrari used a Safety Car deployment to fit Carlos Sainz’s F1-75 car with new soft Pirelli tyres; Charles Leclerc was left out there on old hard tyres and, despite fierce defence was quickly devoured by both Red Bull’s Sergio Perez and Lewis. That left the Spaniard a 3-sec winner of his first Grand Prix – the British, at Silverstone, in a Ferrari – from Perez and Hamilton. Charles Leclerc eventually finished a frustrated P4.
In this video, award-winning F1 journalist, broadcaster and manager Peter Windsor reflects on the key moments of Scuderia Ferrari’s 2022 British GP race win:
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