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today is Dec 07, 2022

A scorching hot race in Barcelona for the sixth round of the 2022 Formula 1 championship saw some on the grid rise to the occasion and other wilt under the heat.

Misfortune struck Charles Leclerc for the first time in 2022, while Max Verstappen was lucky that an early race mistake did not prevent him from being able to take advantage of Leclerc’s failure and claim his third successive victory and the championship lead.

Here are the RaceFans driver ratings for a memorable Spanish Grand Prix weekend…

Lewis Hamilton – 7

Qualified: 6th (-2 places behind team mate) +0.119s slower than team mate in Q3 Finished: 5th (-2 places behind team mate)

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 2022 Hamilton recovered from 19th to finish fifth
  • Took sixth on the grid, lowest of the top three teams after
  • Contact with Magnussen on the opening lap left him crawling to the pits with a puncture
  • Rejoined in 19th, falling a minute behind the leader
  • Moved up to 16th by first scheduled stop, then gained ten more places on his long middle stint on mediums
  • Passed Ocon, Bottas and Sainz to move up to fourth position
  • Forced to back off severely in closing laps due to a water leak, costing him fourth place to Sainz

George Russell – 8

Qualified: 4th (+2 places ahead of team mate) -0.119s quicker than team mate in Q3 Finished: 3rd (+2 places ahead of team mate)

  • Consistently in the top four every practice and qualifying session
  • Secured best grid position of the year in fourth
  • Passed poor-starting Sainz off the line to take third
  • Held off Perez, then Verstappen before pitting
  • Absorbed pressure from Verstappen for 14 laps, helped by the Red Bull’s DRS malfunctioning
  • Lost lead of the race to Perez before second stop
  • Ran third through final two stints, passing two-stopping Bottas on way to final podium place
  • Ahead of team mate in every session

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Max Verstappen – 7

Verstappen won after Perez let him by twice Qualified: 2nd (+3 places ahead of team mate) -0.347s quicker than team mate in Q3 Finished: 1st (+1 place ahead of team mate)

  • Showed strong long run pace in practice
  • Had to settle for second on grid after DRS failed to deploy on final Q3 lap
  • Held second place at start
  • Ran off at turn four, dropping him to fourth, but was allowed through to third by team mate
  • Struggled to pass Russell with intermittent DRS problems, eventually undercutting him in the pits
  • Rejoined second after final pit stop but rapidly caught team mate out front with fresh tyres
  • Gifted the lead of the race through team orders, cruised to comfortable win

Sergio Perez – 6

Qualified: 5th (-3 places behind team mate) +0.347s slower than team mate in Q3 Finished: 2nd (-1 place behind team mate)

  • Sat out first practice as Juri Vips took his seat
  • Qualified fifth behind Russell’s Mercedes after admitting Q3 lap was “not great”
  • Gained a place from Sainz at the start to run fourth, which became third after Verstappen’s off
  • Allowed team mate by to attack Russell under orders
  • Pitted later than Russell and Verstappen, allowing him to catch the pair, but was denied request to switch
  • Passed Russell for lead of the race before pitting, regaining the lead after Verstappen stopped
  • Could not match Verstappen’s fresh tyre pace and surrendered the lead to his team mate under orders
  • Took fastest lap after third stop for softs, finishing second comfortably ahead of Russell

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Carlos Sainz Jnr – 4

Qualified: 3rd (2 places behind team mate) +0.416s slower than team mate in Q3 Finished: 4th

  • Secured third on the grid but was four-tenths slower than team mate
  • Almost jumped the start, falling into anti-stall momentarily, which cost him two positions
  • Spun off at turn four and dropped to 11th, later claiming to have damaged his car
  • Passed Norris and Ocon to move back up to sixth before Leclerc’s retirement moved him to fifth
  • Ran behind Bottas for over half of the race until eventually passing him in the final stint
  • Lost fourth to Hamilton, before gaining it back in final laps after Hamilton’s water leak problem
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 2022 Leclerc had led every lap until his retirement

Charles Leclerc – 8

Qualified: Pole (+2 places ahead of team mate) -0.416s quicker than team mate in Q3 Finished: Retired (Power unit, L27)

  • Fastest in every session bar Q2, where he opted to run on used softs
  • Took pole on final lap in Q3 after spinning at first attempt
  • Held off Verstappen at the start to lead
  • Built a comfortable lead after Verstappen’s off until sudden power until failure ended his race
Norris suffered from tonsillitis all weekend

Lando Norris – 8

Qualified: 11th (-2 places behind team mate) +0.184s slower than team mate in Q2 Finished: 8th (+4 places ahead of team mate)

  • Suffered from physical effects of tonsillitis all weekend, missing team briefings over the weekend
  • Missed most of second practice after damaging floor running over kerb
  • Reached Q3 but then had best Q2 time deleted for track limits at turn 12, eliminating him in 11th
  • Lost a place to Ocon at the start
  • Passed Ricciardo and Schumacher before pitting, then ran behind Ocon and ahead of Tsunoda
  • Overtook Vettel on a different strategy to run eighth over final two stints
  • Claimed eighth place after “one of the hardest races I’ve ever done”

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Daniel Ricciardo – 4

Qualified: 9th (+2 places ahead of team mate) -0.184s quicker than team mate in Q2 Finished: 12th (-4 places behind team mate)

  • Felt he had hit qualifying target by taking ninth on the grid
  • Lost a position to Schumacher at the start, then passed by Ocon and team mate Norris in early laps
  • Passed by Schumacher in second stint to drop to 12th
  • Ran 13th over final two stints, lacking the pace to catch cars ahead
  • Eventually caught Schumacher in final laps as the Haas’ tyres fell off, taking 12th place
Fernando Alonso, Alpine, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 2022 Alonso scored points from the back of the grid

Fernando Alonso – 7

Qualified: 17th (-5 places behind team mate) +0.163s slower than team mate in Q1 Finished: 9th (-2 places behind team mate)

  • Frustrated by Q1 traffic mix-up that compromised his final run, eliminating him in 17th
  • Started from back of the grid after taking engine penalty
  • Gained five places on lap one, including passing Albon on outside of turn 12
  • Passed Stroll, Vettel and Gasly during first stint
  • Overtook Tsunoda after second stop to gain tenth, which became ninth when Vettel pitted
  • Slow final stop did not cost him any positions, finishing ninth ahead of Tsunoda

Esteban Ocon – 7

Qualified: 12th (+5 places ahead of team mate) -0.163s quicker than team mate in Q1 Finished: 7th (+2 places ahead of team mate)

  • Reached Q2 but eliminated in 12th
  • Gained one position on track at the start, then passed Ricciardo and Schumacher on consecutive laps
  • Ran behind Bottas in sixth before being passed by recovering Sainz
  • Lacked the pace in seventh to catch cars ahead in second half of race but kept a gap to Norris behind
  • Finished comfortably in seventh

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Pierre Gasly – 4

Qualified: 14th (-1 place behind team mate) +0.222s slower than team mate in Q2 Finished: 13th (-3 places behind team mate)

  • Missed the entirety of third practice with car problem
  • Gambled on set up in qualifying but eliminated slower than team mate in Q2
  • Held position at the start but contact with Ocon at turn one damaged front wing
  • Collided with Stroll at turn 1 and handed a five second time penalty
  • Spent the second half of the race in 14th, unable to pass Ricciardo, finishing behind the McLaren
Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 2022 Tsunoda claimed the final point in tenth

Yuki Tsunoda – 7

Qualified: 13th (+1 place ahead of team mate) -0.222s quicker than team mate in Q2 Finished: 10th (+3 places ahead of team mate)

  • Secured 13th on the grid but felt he’d extracted the “maximum” from the car after minimal upgrades
  • Held position at the start
  • Committed to three stop strategy with early first stop
  • Ran behind Norris through second stint, then behind Alonso in third stint
  • Passed Schumacher in final stint and claimed final point in tenth

Sebastian Vettel – 6

Qualified: 16th (+2 places ahead of team mate) -0.464s quicker than team mate in Q1 Finished: 11th (+4 places ahead of team mate)

  • Shocked to be eliminated from Q1 in 16th
  • Gained four places on opening lap – two on the track
  • Overtaken by Alonso in early running
  • Long opening stint before pitting for second set of softs on lap 21, rejoining 17th
  • Got up to eighth before being passed by Norris
  • Caught Schumacher over final stint before passing him for 11th, where he finished

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Lance Stroll – 4

Qualified: 18th (-2 places behind team mate) +0.464s slower than team mate in Q1 Finished: 15th (-4 places behind team mate)

  • Eliminated in Q1 as the slowest non-Williams after complaining of poor balance
  • Gained two places at the start
  • Hit by Gasly at turn one, spinning him and forcing him to pit for damage
  • Finished in 15th behind Gasly, ahead of Latifi, Magnussen and Albon

Nicholas Latifi – 5

Qualified: 20th (-1 place behind team mate) +0.270s slower than team mate in Q1 Finished: 16th (+2 places ahead of team mate)

  • Slower than practice stand-in Nyck de Vries and Albon in every practice session
  • Slowest in qualifying to start 19th on the grid after Alonso penalty
  • Lost position to Alonso at start
  • Ran in 16th ahead of Magnussen and team mate Albon
  • Caught Magnussen after his final stop and overtook him to finish 16th
Alex Albon, Williams, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, 2022 Albon was well off the pace in the race

Alexander Albon – 3

Qualified: 19th (+1 place ahead of team mate) -0.270s quicker than team mate in Q1 Finished: 18th (-2 places behind team mate)

  • Handed car over to Nyck de Vries in first practice
  • Final Q1 run compromised by pit lane traffic, but still quicker than team mate
  • Gained one position from Zhou at the start but lost one to Alonso
  • Sustained floor damage after first stop, leading to visible understeer
  • Overtaken by team mate Latifi before falling to a distant last place by the chequered flag
  • Handed five second time penalty for exceeding track limits four times

Valtteri Bottas – 6

Qualified: 7th (+8 places ahead of team mate) -1.041s quicker than team mate in Q2 Finished: 6th

  • Lost power unit with failure in second practice
  • Secured ‘best of the rest’ grid position of seventh
  • Lost two places at the start but gained them back from Magnussen and Hamilton
  • Passed Schumacher, then gained fifth when Sainz spun
  • Ran ahead of Sainz in fourth for most of the second half of the race on a two-stop strategy
  • Lost tyre performance in the closing laps, passed by Sainz and Hamilton to eventually finish sixth

Zhou Guanyu – 4

Qualified: 15th (-8 places behind team mate) +1.041s slower than team mate in Q2 Finished: Retired (Cooling system, L28)

  • Sat out first practice for Robert Kubica
  • Knocked out of Q2 a second slower than team mate and over half a second slower than his best Q1 time
  • Dropped two positions at the start, but gained them back passing Albon and Stroll in early laps
  • Was among first to pit for mediums on lap 10
  • Overtook Gasly for 13th, but retired with identical problem that struck him in Miami

Mick Schumacher – 4

Qualified: 10th (-2 places behind team mate) +0.686s slower than team mate in Q3 Finished: 14th (+3 places ahead of team mate)

  • Lost almost 50 minutes of third practice due to brake fire
  • Earned first ever Q3 appearance after Norris had Q2 time deleted, taking tenth on grid
  • Investigated and warned by stewards for exceeding maximum lap time in qualifying
  • Gained two places at the start, then two more after Magnussen and Hamilton collided
  • Passed by Bottas, Ocon and Norris before pitting, then overtook Ricciardo
  • Ran a long final stint on mediums on a two-stop strategy but fell off the cliff, ending up 14th

Kevin Magnussen – 4

Qualified: 8th (+2 places ahead of team mate) -0.686s quicker than team mate in Q3 Finished: 17th (-3 places behind team mate)

  • Faster than team mate in all three qualifying phases
  • Investigated and warned by stewards for exceeding maximum lap time in qualifying
  • Passed Bottas off the line but contact with Hamilton at turn four left him with puncture
  • Gambled on a two stop in hope of a Safety Car that never came
  • Passed by Latifi in closing laps to finish 17th

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