Verstappen is the seventh driver to record multiple Catalunya wins, Bottas records his team’s best result in Spain since 2012 and Schumacher reaches Q3 for the first time. Here’s a statistic from every driver’s 2022 Spanish Grand Prix weekend!
🇳🇱 Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen continued his record of winning every race he has finished so far in 2022 with his fourth victory of the season at the Spanish Grand Prix. Becoming the seventh driver to record multiple wins at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Verstappen now leads the championship for the first time this year. This was Verstappen’s third successive victory. It’s the second time that he has achieved a hat trick of victories, having last done so at the 2021 Styrian, Austrian and French Grands Prix.
🇲🇽 Sergio Perez
Sergio Perez finished as runner-up in the Spanish Grand Prix, recording his best result at the circuit to date. His previous best result here was fourth, recorded in 2017. Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is the 14th track at which he has recorded a podium finish.
🇬🇧 Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton set a new outright record for most Q3 appearances at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya but with sixth place, he recorded his worst Spanish Grand Prix qualifying result since 2009. For the first time since 2016, Hamilton failed to win the Spanish Grand Prix. He finished in fifth place. Following Charles Leclerc’s retirement, Hamilton now has the longest active finishing streak. He has finished every race since the 2021 Russian Grand Prix.
🇬🇧 George Russell
After recording his best qualifying result of the year to date with fourth place, George Russell recorded his second podium finish of the 2022 season, finishing third. This was the first time Russell has scored points at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Russell led four laps of the race, marking the first time he has led a race since deputising for Lewis Hamilton at the 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix. With Charles Leclerc retiring from the Spanish Grand Prix, George Russell is now the only driver to have completed every racing lap in 2022.
🇲🇨 Charles Leclerc
Charles Leclerc took pole position for the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix, becoming the 17th different driver to take pole at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Leclerc secured Ferrari’s eighth pole position at the circuit. It was the team’s first pole at the track since 2008. In the race, Leclerc retired with a power unit issue. He recorded his first retirement since the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix. This was Leclerc’s second DNF at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya , having also retired in 2020. Leclerc became the first Spanish Grand Prix polesitter to fail to finish since Lewis Hamilton in 2016.
🇪🇸 Carlos Sainz
Qualifying in third place, Carlos Sainz qualified in the top four for the first time at his home event. Sainz went on to finish in fourth place, recording his best home result to date. He retains his record of scoring points on every home race appearance.
🇦🇺 Daniel Ricciardo
At the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo became the Australian driver to have made the most starts in Formula 1, overtaking Mark Webber’s former record. Ricciardo out-qualified his McLaren team-mate for the first time in 2022 but finished the race behind his team-mate, in 12th place. This was the third time he has failed to score in the last four Spanish Grands Prix.
🇬🇧 Lando Norris
Battling with tonsillitis throughout the Spanish Grand Prix weekend, Lando Norris recorded his first Q2 exit since the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Nevertheless, he made up positions in the race to finish eighth, equalling his best result at hte circuit.
🇪🇸 Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso made his 19th Spanish Grand Prix start, equalling Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen as the driver to have made the most starts at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. On Saturday, Alonso recorded his first Q1 exit since last year’s Mexico City Grand Prix. This was the first time that Alonso was eliminated in Q1 at his home event, as well as his worst Spanish Grand Prix qualifying result since qualifying 18th in 2001. After starting 20th, Alonso finished the Spanish Grand Prix in ninth place . In doing so, the Spaniard equalled Raikkonen as the driver to have scored in the third most F1 races. This was the first time Alonso has scored at his home event since 2018.
Alonso is the first driver to score points from 20th on the grid at Catalunya. However, ninth is not the best result from that position. Christian Fittipaldi (1993) and Eric Bernard (1994) both finished eighth, before the position awarded points.
🇫🇷 Esteban Ocon
With Esteban Ocon eighth and Fernando Alonso ninth, Alpine scored with both cars. It was the first time the Enstone-based team have scored with both cars at the Spanish Grand Prix since 2012, when they were under their Lotus guise.
🇫🇷 Pierre Gasly
Pierre Gasly finished 13th, failing to score at the Spanish Grand Prix for the first time since 2018.
🇯🇵 Yuki Tsunoda
Yuki Tsunoda’s tenth place finish made 2022 the fourth consecutive season in which the Red Bull junior team has scored at the Spanish Grand Prix.
🇩🇪 Sebastian Vettel
Sebastian Vettel recorded his first Q1 exit at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya since 2008.
🇨🇦 Lance Stroll
For the fourth time in his six Spanish Grand Prix appearances, Lance Stroll was eliminated in Q1. He equalled Adrian Sutil as the driver with the second-most Q1 eliminations at the venue. Only Marcus Ericsson has more Q1 exits at the track.
🇹🇭 Alex Albon
For the first time since the 2019 Mexican Grand Prix, Alex Albon finished the race in the same position as he started.
🇨🇦 Nicholas Latifi
Nicholas Latifi qualified on the back row for the fifth time in this year’s six race weekends. This was the first time Latifi qualified last at the Spanish Grand Prix.
🇫🇮 Valtteri Bottas
Qualifying in seventh place for Alfa Romeo, Valtteri Bottas became the first driver for the former Sauber team to qualify in the top ten at the Spanish Grand Prix since both drivers reached Q3 in 2012. With sixth place in the race, Bottas recorded the former Sauber team’s best Spanish Grand Prix result since Kamui Kobayashi finished fifth in 2012.
🇨🇳 Zhou Guanyu
Zhou Guanyu recorded the second and final retirement from the race. Zhou has now retired from both of the last two races. Zhou became the first driver to retire having started 15th at the Spanish Grand Prix since Heikki Kovalainen in 2011.
🇩🇪 Mick Schumacher
Qualifying in tenth place, Mick Schumacher reached Q3 for the first time in his career. With team-mate Kevin Magnussen also in the top ten, this was the first time since the 2019 Brazilian Grand Prix that both Haas drivers reached Q3.
🇩🇰 Kevin Magnussen
Following first lap contact with Lewis Hamilton, Kevin Magnussen finished only 17th in the Spanish Grand Prix. That’s his worst result to date at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.