The 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix was dramatic – but it didn’t offer the kind of drama we normally associate with the Baku City Circuit. High speed battles, overtakes and so on.
The highlight of the race was Ferrari’s double DNF (their first since 2020) followed by most retirements by Ferrari-powered teams. After starting the season strongly, the Scuderia now trail Red Bull Racing by 80 points in the Constructors’ Championship.
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In this episode of the Inside Line F1 Podcast, Soumil and Kunal review the 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix; a race that wasn’t as Baku-esque as we would’ve hoped. Red Bull was in such control over the race that Max Verstappen and his race engineer were discussing how slow they could drive to the finish line.
@F1StatsGuru aka Sundaram does his thing too – mind-boggling stats that defined the 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
“The Monegasque has taken pole in each of the last four races but has failed to win any of them. The last driver to do so was Juan Pablo Montoya for Williams in 2002”
But how did Sergio Perez lose the lead after snatching it at the start from Charles Leclerc? It was a race of tyre strategy – Ferrari opting to pit under VSC (courtesy: Caros Sainz) while Red Bull opting to stay out.
Also, Mclaren’s team orders, Mercedes’ porpoising, AlphaTauri’s recovery, Sebastian Vettel’s rallying ways to his season’s best finish & more.
(Season 2022, Episode 34)
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