Carlos Sainz Jr. won his first career Formula One race on Sunday, winning Britain’s Grand Prix, the most drama-filled contest of this season so far. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz claimed his maiden Formula One win on Sunday at the thrilling British Grand Prix, which was marred by a crash in the opening lap and added chaos from the first-lap invasion of environmental demonstrators. Carlos Sainz has finally done it, with the Ferrari driver winning his first Grand Prix in a late-race sprint to the front at Silverstone, ending a 150-race wait.
His maiden F1 win ends a run of six consecutive victories by Red Bull, making Ferraris Carlos Sainz the second Spaniard to win a Grand Prix, following two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso, who took fifth for Alpine. Two-time champion Fernando Alonso, who has 32 victories and is the only other Spanish driver to have won F1 apart from Sainz, took fifth for Alpine on Sunday, in his best season finish.
Red Bull’s Mexican Sergio Perez was runner-up, 3.79 seconds behind Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. Seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton was third for Mercedes at his home race, taking the fastest lap to claim a bonus point. Carlos Sainz won pole position in qualifying, which was also a first for him in his career, and survived a spirited battle on Sunday at Silverstone circuit in England to claim first. Carlos Sainz celebrated after an exciting race at Silverstone that saw him claim his first victory, beating Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton on the way to the podium.
Charles Leclerc was left on the older, harder tyres, while Carlos Sainz quickly out-qualified his teammate, took the lead, and pulled off his maiden victory in his 150th F1 start. From there, a win looked possible for teammate Charles Leclerc, but the race leader was left out on harder-to-return tires with the safety car deployed.
Carlos Sainz was leading, and Charles Leclerc was just behind. Although Ferrari initially said he was accessible to battle, the Italian team then asked Sainz to allow Leclerc to pass him to avoid losing time to Lewis Hamilton. It was a finish Ferrari needed, but not one that Charles Leclerc had possibly imagined, as it was pole-sitter Carlos Sainz who powered through the field and overtaken the field leader, winning the 2022 Formula One British Grand Prix. At the end of the last season, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won his first championship, passing Mercedes’ Sir Lewis Hamilton in the closing laps of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix following a controversial interpretation of existing Safety Car rules within the Sporting Regulations by the Federation Internationale de automobile.