The 5-Way Race for the Podium as Halo Saves the Day - 2022 British Grand Prix

The British Grand Prix is always one of the highlights of the F1 calendar. 2022 delivered a race that will go down in history as one of the most memorable F1 Grand Prix races of the modern era. A dramatic first corner crash, a 5-way fight for the podium, and an energic crowd created a race that left us on the end of our seats till the final turn.

Amongst a sea of purple Lewis Hamilton caps and McLaren team polo shirts, Carlos Sainz took his maiden pole at his 150th Grand Prix. Perez made an almighty recovery from damage in the opening laps to take second place, while Hamilton gave the home crowd something to cheer for by taking 3rd place.

The Halo Saves the Day

The story of the 2022 British Grand Prix will be the role of the halo in saving Zhou Guanyu. The rookie driver was involved in an incident off the starting line with Russell and Gasly that sent the Alpha Romeo car spiralling upside down across the gravel before flying over the top of the tyre barrier.

Footage from the grandstands shows just how dramatic the accident was. The halo undoubtedly protected Zhou after the car’s roll hoop appeared to have been destroyed during the initial role. Zhou was removed from the car on a stretcher and praised the halo while thanking the marshals and medical team at Silverstone. 

After jumping out of his car to check on Zhou Gyanyu, Russell was unable to start the race after having his Mercedes loaded onto a flat bed. Alex Albon was also involved in a crash in the first corner. He was taken by helicopter to Coventry Hospital for checks before being discharged. The Williams driver is expected to still race in Austria this weekend.

Carlos Sainz Wins the 5-Way Fight for 1st

Some Grand Prix wins are sweeter than others. The British Grand Prix saw five drivers from five different teams fighting for the podium’s top step. After a wet qualifying, Sainz capitalised on Verstappen’s damaged car to convert his first pole position into a maiden win. It made his 150th race start even more memorable. 

Sainz fought against Perez, Hamilton, Alonso, and Norris for the lead. Perez fought from the back of the grid after an early pit stop due to damage and narrowly missed out on the top step of the podium. Hamilton led his first laps of the 2022 F1 season before finishing 3rd.

While Ferrari is flying the Carlos Sainz flag with his maiden win, all is not happy in the Ferrari camp. Leclerc missed a podium finish after Ferrari failed to pit the championship contender during the safety car.

Verstappen Minimises Damage

Verstappen took the initial lead in the race before the first corner before restarting the race in 2nd place after Zhou’s crash. During the restart, he overtook Sainz on lap 11 before his Red Bull sustained damage from the debris from an Alpha Tauri. The reigning World Champion nursed the car throughout the race to finish in 7th place with substantial floor damage.

Schumacher’s First F1 Points

While Silverstone delivered high drama, it also provided a long-awaited moment for Mick Schumacher.

The Haas driver finished 8th to take his first points in Formula One. He fought against Max Verstappen into the final corners with his mentor, Sebastian Vettel cheering him on from 9th place. Kevin Magnussen finished in 10th to make it Haas’ first double points finish since the 2019 German GP.

All eyes now turn to the Red Bull Ring in Austria for this weekend’s race. Will Verstappen once again reign supreme? Whether you’ll be cheering in a Max Verstappen polo shirt or a George Russell special edition cap, Austria is guaranteed to give us another nail-biting race for the 2022 Championship.