Round six of the 2022 Formula 1 season was supposed to have been, given how the practice sessions and the qualifying results unfolded , a dream race for Ferrari. Instead, it were Red Bull who jumped atop the Spanish caravan to drive a sensational weekend.
With Verstappen sealing the top spot and Perez, often the underrated- if not the star-driver making it to second, Christian Horner’s team demonstrated dominant form at Catalunya, Barcelona.
In some ways, you could say the agony for Ferrari, given Leclerc’s sudden retirement siding power unit issues, turned into ecstasy for Max Verstappen.
But as Red Bull reigned supreme and Sainz, the only other Ferrari functioning in the Grand Prix, collected a seemingly banal P4, there was a lot that happened on Sunday that made news and excited fans.
SportsTiger presents you the key talking points from the Spanish Grand Prix of 2022!
Heartbreak for Leclerc
Before setting foot in Spain, it was being said that the driver who’d have loved to collect a race win, was none other than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.
This was no fanspeak, but a statement that carried a hint of urgency.
Having not won a single Grand Prix since his dominant win at Australia, Leclerc found himself undone somewhat by Verstappen at both Emilia Romagna as well as the Miami race, the latter a first for F1.
Therefore, the onus was on Leclerc to respond strongly at Spain and he did pretty much everything right (and in his might) to correct the recent low-key form by setting great pace in the practice sessions before finally clinching the pole on Saturday.
But, just when it seemed that a fifth win from pole was around the corner, since Leclerc had been driving so beautifully from the start, in came the sudden and heartbreaking run in with ill-luck.
On Lap 28, Leclerc, comfortably ahead out in the front, encountered a sudden power unit issue in his Ferrari, which slowed him down. He’d retire seconds thereafter, thus finding his hopes to convert what was his maiden pole at Spain into a race win dashed to the ground.