Did Max Verstappen Win Sergio Perez’s Race? 2022 Spanish GP Review – Inside Line F1 Podcast


The 2022 Spanish GP was a very un-Spanish GP-like! The race had it all in the mix – strategy, reliability & on-track battles. It was a highly-entertaining race, wasn’t it?

Max Verstappen won at the Circuit de Catalunya-Barcelona, registering a hat-trick of race wins in 2022. But did he win a race that Sergio Perez should’ve won? 

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Would Carlos Sainz be ruing yet another missed opportunity? We reckon he could’ve won his maiden Formula 1 race at home! Was Lewis Hamilton’s heroic charge to 5th dampened by his early-race message asking the team to retire his Mercedes? And what about George Russell? He’s finished 100% of all the laps in 2022 & the only driver to have scored top-5 finishes in all races.

In this 2022 Spanish GP review on the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal also discuss if the pecking order has changed thanks to the multiple upgrades brought by the teams (barring Haas). 

Above all else, the Verstappen-Russell duel made a strong case against the DRS and also one strongly in favour of the 2022 regulations – if they can follow each other in Barcelona, they should be able to follow at most circuits on the calendar.

There’s a stats review segment by Sundaram aka @f1statsguru & then a mid-field round-up. Norris’ tonsilitis , Aston Martin’s ‘green Red Bull’ & more. 

Tune in!

(Season 2022, Episode 28)

Follow our hosts on Twitter: Sundaram Ramaswami, Soumil Arora and Kunal Shah

Image courtesy: Red Bull Content Pool


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Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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