Ferrari entered Le Castellet as firm favourites but exited the venue seeing their arch rivals Red Bull as victorious. What’s worst? Only one of their cars finished in points and that’s all thanks to Carlos Sainz Jr.
In what turned out to be a forgettable race for Leclerc and not such a bad one for Verstappen, which other moments stood out and made it to SportsTiger’s list of the top moments that defined the 2022 French GP?
1. Lewis Hamilton contests a memorable drive
You’re a fine driver if you score a podium upon your F1 debut. You’re an outstanding driver if you can keep up with that consistency even in your 300th race, where you collect yet another top-three finish.
And, you’re a certain Sir Lewis Hamilton, to be precise, when you do exactly the above.
The biggest talking point of the French Grand Prix of 2022, besides Verstappen’s important race win, was Hamilton’s brilliant podium.
This was his fourth on the trot and to have landed on second step of podium in his 300th race would certainly have been such a highlight for the seven time world champion.
In a season where not too many things have gone his way, where his car isn’t the fastest but is certainly, bouncing too much for his liking, the 37-year-old Hamilton is finding that lost groove.
With brilliant results starting Canada, proceeding into Silverstone, Spielberg and as seen recently, the Provence-based Grand Prix, Hamilton is no longer struggling.
He’s decided to make a match out of the overwhelming challenge that is the ongoing 2022 world championship fight.
And Lewis leading Mercedes’ charge, further exemplified by Russell’s third, is a fitting example of that.