2022 Monaco Grand Prix

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2022 Monaco Grand Prix
Race 7 of 22 in the 2022 Formula One World Championship
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Layout of the Circuit de Monte Carlo, Monaco
Layout of the Circuit de Monte Carlo, Monaco
Race details[1]
Date 29 May 2022
Official name Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2022
Location Circuit de Monaco
La Condamine and Monte Carlo, Monaco
Course Street circuit
Course length 3.337 km (2.074 miles)
Distance 64 laps, 213.568 km (132.705 miles)
Scheduled distance 78 laps, 260.286 km (161.734 miles)
Weather Rain and partly cloudy in wet-and-drying track conditions
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:11.376
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:14.693 on lap 55
Podium
First Red Bull Racing-RBPT
Second Ferrari
Third Red Bull Racing-RBPT
Lap leaders

The 2022 Monaco Grand Prix (officially known as the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2022) was a Formula One motor race held on 29 May 2022 at the Circuit de Monaco in the Principality of Monaco. It was round 7 of 22 in the 2022 Formula One World Championship.[1]

Charles Leclerc took pole in front of Carlos Sainz Jr. and Sergio Pérez. The race started with a rolling start after a 65-minute delay. Leclerc lost the race lead to strategy error and dropped down to fourth place behind Max Verstappen and Sainz, as Pérez won the race.[2]

Background

Championship standings before the race

Max Verstappen was the Drivers' Championship leader after the sixth round, the Spanish Grand Prix, with 110 points, 6 ahead of Charles Leclerc in second, with Sergio Pérez in third, 25 points behind Verstappen. In the Constructors' Championship, Red Bull Racing led Ferrari by 26 points and Mercedes by 75.[3]

Entrants

The drivers and teams were the same as the season entry list with no additional stand-in drivers for the race.[4]

Tyre choices

Tyre supplier Pirelli brought the C3, C4, and C5 tyre compounds (designated hard, medium, and soft, respectively) for teams to use at the event.[5]

Practice

Three free practice sessions are scheduled per the sport's regulations. In defiance of Monaco tradition, for the first time the first two sessions were not held on Thursday but on Friday, in balance with the other Grand Prix weekends during the season.[6] The first two practice sessions took place at 14:00 and 17:00 local time (UTC+02:00), respectively, on 27 May.[7] Charles Leclerc led both sessions, ahead of Sergio Pérez and Carlos Sainz Jr. in the first session,[8] and ahead of Sainz and Pérez in the second session.[9] Both sessions also had one red flag each; in the first session, it was after Mick Schumacher stopped by the pit lane with a gearbox issue,[10] while Daniel Ricciardo had a crash in the second session.[11] The final session took place on 28 May, 13:00 local time, ahead of the qualifying practice session.[7] Pèrez was the fastest ahead of Leclerc and Sainz.[12]

Qualifying

Qualifying took place at 16:00 local time (UTC+02:00) on 28 May.[7]

Qualifying report

In the first segment of qualifying, there was a red flag after Yuki Tsunoda clipped the barrier, and Alexander Albon, Pierre Gasly, Lance Stroll, Nicholas Latifi, and Zhou Guanyu were eliminated from the session; some drivers, such as Valtteri Bottas, Gasly,[13] Lewis Hamilton, and Zhou, were not able to have a final lap due to traffic and crossed the line on the checkered flag.[14] In the second segment, Tsunoda, Bottas, Kevin Magnussen, Daniel Ricciardo, and Schumacher were eliminated.[15]

In the third and final segment, Sergio Pérez spun and crashed before the tunnel section, and was then hit by Carlos Sainz Jr., who saw the yellow flags too late.[16][17] The red flag was thrown,[18] and the session ended was not resumed, with the 30-seconds left on the clock not sufficient for anyone to start another lap. Charles Leclerc, who led all three qualifying sessions,[19] took the pole position ahead of Sainz and Pérez.[20] Championship leader Max Verstappen finished fourth, with Lando Norris, George Russell, Fernando Alonso, who crashed on his own at Mirabeau in his last flying lap,[14] Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, and Esteban Ocon completing the top ten.[21]

Qualifying classification

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:12.569 1:11.864 1:11.376 1
2 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1:12.616 1:12.074 1:11.601 2
3 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Red Bull Racing-RBPT 1:13.004 1:11.954 1:11.629 3
4 1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-RBPT 1:12.993 1:12.117 1:11.666 4
5 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.927 1:12.266 1:11.849 5
6 63 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes 1:12.787 1:12.617 1:12.112 6
7 14 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 1:13.394 1:12.688 1:12.247 7
8 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.444 1:12.595 1:12.560 8
9 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Aramco-Mercedes 1:13.313 1:12.613 1:12.732 9
10 31 France Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 1:12.848 1:12.528 1:13.047 10
11 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-RBPT 1:13.110 1:12.797 N/A 11
12 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1:13.541 1:12.909 N/A 12
13 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:13.069 1:12.921 N/A 13
14 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.338 1:12.964 N/A 14
15 47 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 1:13.469 1:13.081 N/A 15
16 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Williams-Mercedes 1:13.611 N/A N/A 16
17 10 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-RBPT 1:13.660 N/A N/A 17
18 18 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco-Mercedes 1:13.678 N/A N/A 18
19 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 1:14.403 N/A N/A 19
20 24 China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 1:15.606 N/A N/A 20
107% time: 1:17.648
Source:[22][23]

Race

The race was due to start at 15:00 local time on 29 May and was scheduled to last for 78 laps.[7][24][25] The race start was first delayed to 15:09, as heavy rain was identified approaching the circuit. The delay was to give teams time to switch to wet tyres before the start.[26] Two formation laps were run at 15:16, before the decision was made to suspend the start procedure due to the rain intensity, and all cars were directed to the pit lane.[24][25] In the interval between 15:16 and 16:05, a power failure to the start signalling systems, including the starting gantry and signal light panels, caused further delay. This failure, even after repaired, cast doubt on the ability to perform a standing start at all, and rolling starts were used for the rest of the race session.[27] The two formation laps reduced the scheduled distance of the race by one lap, to 77.[24][25]

Race report

The race began as the safety car led the field out of the pit lane at 16:05, with all drivers on wet tyres and a rolling start planned.[24][25][28] Nicholas Latifi went long at the hairpin and Lance Stroll hit the barriers at Massenet while still behind the safety car; both went to the pit lane to fix their cars.[24][25] On the lap 3 rolling start, pole-sitter Charles Leclerc led the race ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr., Sergio Pérez, Max Verstappen, and Lando Norris.[24][25] The rain had stopped, and Pierre Gasly opted for intermediate tyres on lap 4, which was followed by other drivers at the back of the grid;[24][25] he overtook Zhou Guanyu and Daniel Ricciardo on laps 12 and 15, respectively.[24][25] By lap 14, Leclerc had build a lead of 4.7 seconds over Sainz, who was ahead of Pérez by 2.6 seconds, and Verstappen a few seconds further behind.[24][25]

On lap 17, Pérez pitted for intermediate tyres, followed by Verstappen and Leclerc on lap 19. This left Sainz in the lead, the only driver in the top four still on wet tyres.[24][25] Further back in the field, Esteban Ocon and Lewis Hamilton collided without damage on lap 18, and Ocon was given a five-second time penalty for the contact; on lap 20, Hamilton attempted to pass Ocon but did not succeed.[29][30] On lap 21, race leader Sainz was instructed to pit, to swap from wet tyres directly to slick tyres. Leclerc, his teammate behind him in third, was first told via team radio to pit, and then not after he had already committed to the pit lane;[31][32] both Ferrari cars pitted, with Sainz and Leclerc switching to the hard tyre.[24][25] Due to Leclerc pitting immediately after Sainz (causing a delay to his servicing) and the lapped cars of Alexander Albon and Latifi on their out lap,[33][34] Leclerc fell back to fourth behind Verstappen, while Sainz re-joined the track in second, behind Pérez and ahead of Verstappen, with Red Bull's overcut succeeding.[24][25]

On lap 24, Mick Schumacher lost control of his car through the swimming pool section, crashing into the barriers.[35] Although the car lost the rear and split in half,[36] Schumacher came out of the accident unscathed.[37] This led to a virtual safety car, then a full safety car, before the race was suspended with a red flag, given the need to repair the barriers. In red flag conditions, teams are permitted to change tyres as they choose. Both Ferrari cars kept the hard tyres they had been running on, while the Red Bull cars switched to new medium tyres.[24][25] The race resumed at 17:15 under the safety car with a second rolling start. At the restart, Pérez led Sainz, ahead of Verstappen, Leclerc, George Russell, Lando Norris, and Fernando Alonso, who was able to maintain track position despite having a slower pace of several seconds.[24][25][38] On lap 51, Norris went to the pits for medium tyres, while Zhou tried to overtake Yuki Tsunoda at the exit of the tunnel but almost lost control of the car.[24][25] In the final laps, Pérez suffered graining on the tyres but was able keep the lead and win the race,[39] ahead of Sainz, Verstappen, Leclerc, and Russell completing the top five.[40] Norris, Alonso, Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, and Sebastian Vettel completed the top ten, with Ocon falling to 12th.[24][25] Due to the numerous delays, the two-hour time limit for the race was reached, and only 64 laps were completed.[24][25]

After the race, Leclerc described the race "a freaking disaster",[41] and Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto said they would investigate the strategical error.[42] At the same time, Ferrari lodged a protest against Red Bull, alleging that both cars went over the line at the pit exit, asking for a five-second penalty, in reference to the 2020 Turkish Grand Prix,[43] and a clarification of the rules.[44] The stewards dismissed both protests after Ferrari conceded that the Red Bull cars tyres' did not go over the white line.[45] The race director's notes had been wrongly copied and pasted from 2021, and the rule had been changed from 2021 from "any part of the car" to "any tyre of the car" may not cross the line; had the rules not changed, Verstappen would have broken the rule.[46][47] The FIA, underwent further criticism, including by Formula One owners and Hamilton,[48] for delaying the start.[49]

Race classification

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Red Bull Racing-RBPT 64 1:56:30.265 3 25
2 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 64 +1.154 2 18
3 1 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-RBPT 64 +1.491 4 15
4 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 64 +2.922 1 12
5 63 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes 64 +11.968 6 10
6 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes 64 +12.231 5 91
7 14 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine-Renault 64 +46.358 7 6
8 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 64 +50.388 8 4
9 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 64 +52.525 12 2
10 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Aramco-Mercedes 64 +53.536 9 1
11 10 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri-RBPT 64 +54.289 17
12 31 France Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault 64 +55.6442 10
13 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren-Mercedes 64 +57.635 14
14 18 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin Aramco-Mercedes 64 +1:00.802 18
15 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams-Mercedes 63 +1 lap 19
16 24 China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 63 +1 lap 20
17 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri-RBPT 63 +1 lap 11
Ret 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Williams-Mercedes 48 Mechanical3 16
Ret 47 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas-Ferrari 24 Accident 15
Ret 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 19 Water pressure 13
Fastest lap: United Kingdom Lando Norris (McLaren-Mercedes) – 1:14.693 (lap 55)
Source:[23][50][51]

Notes

  • ^1 – Includes one point for fastest lap.[51]
  • ^2Esteban Ocon finished 9th, but he received a five-second time penalty for causing a collision with Lewis Hamilton.[50]
  • ^3Alexander Albon received a five-second time penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage. His final position was not affected by the penalty as he retired.[50]

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

See also

References

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