A Look Back at the Action-Packed 2022 Monaco F1 Grand Prix
The 2022 Monaco F1 Grand Prix was not without its fair share of incident, action and drama as Oracle Red Bull Racing’s Sergio Perez rose from third on the grid to ultimately claim top spot on the podium, with teammate Max Verstappen snatching third place for the Team.
An early sign of the chaos and heart-stopping action to come arrived even before the race began as the start was delayed by over an hour due to intense downpours of rain. When the race got underway it was behind a safety car as a power failure with the start signalling systems needed to be repaired, but even still the decision was made to get underway with a rolling start.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc – on pole – led early on – but thanks to some shrewd race management, the two Oracle Red Bull Racing cars of Perez and Verstappen pitted on lap 17 to switch from wet tyres to intermediate as conditions gradually began to improve.
A pit lane delay for Ferrari meant both their drivers lost ground leaving Perez in first and Verstappen behind Sainz Jr in third place
Leclerc quickly followed Verstappen and Perez into the pits leaving teammate Carlos Sainz Jr in the lead. Shortly afterwards, a pit lane delay for Ferrari meant both their drivers lost ground leaving Perez in first and Verstappen behind Sainz Jr in third place.
A Mick Schumacher crash on lap 24 ultimately led to a red flag and the suspension of the race. Oracle Red Bull Racing made the quick decision to switch their cars to medium tyres – and holding their current positions due to the red flag regulations – while the Ferrari drivers stayed out on their current tyres.
After a rolling restart behind the safety car, Perez would hold fast for the remainder of the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix and despite suffering graining on his tyres towards the final few laps, the Oracle Red Bull Racing driver claimed first place, leading home Sainz Jr in second and his teammate Verstappen in third to complete the podium line up.