I always knew that the Brazillian Grand Prix offered a lot of racing action in terms of overtakes and everything else, and I probably said the same thing last year when we saw Lewis Hamilton charge from effectively 25th place all the way up to win the race, but holy shit, Interlagos is amazing! The 2022 cars have had various opportunities to show their ability to encourage racing spectacle in the past, but I think Interlagos may be one of the best examples of this to date. So, without further fanfare, let’s go over my top three highlights for the 2022 Formula 1 Grand Prix.
George’s Maiden Win
The 2022 season was not exactly what George Russell had signed up for back when he was racing for William’s Racing. With a mediocre car and a rough development period for nearly 75% of the season, it’s clear that Mercedes was not dominant in 2022. That being said, they certainly took a turn in terms of performance over the last few races of the season. This last bit of development has really allowed Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton and of course George Russell to not only ensure podium finishes but also to secure George’s maiden win in Formula 1! While I’m sure we are going to see more of George Russell winning races in the future, watching his maiden victory sure was sweet. It was sweetened further by Lewis Hamilton securing a P2 at the end of the race as well. A sweet 1–2 for Mercedes in what is essential Lewis Hamilton’s home race!
Trouble In Paradise (PER v VER)
Max Verstappen has already secured a first-place finish in the driver's world championship, additionally, Redbull has already secured the constructors world championship. This leaves the only remaining variable in Redbull’s complete 2022 domination is securing P2 in the driver’s championship with Sergio Perez. In the closing stages Max was ahead of Sergio and even though he was given team orders to give Sergio the position in order to secure more points in the championship as he battles with Charles Leclerc for second place, Max Verstappen ultimately denied him that chance. Now, there is a rebuttal to this argument that basically says that Checo should have battled his way past Verstappen in order to achieve those points on merit. The problem with this argument is the fact that…