Maldonado Takes Home Victory in Changing Weather


157Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes1:02.2891:02.490
294Pascal WehrleinPrecision-Mercedes1:02.7041:02.806+0.415
31Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota1:04.0801:03.966+1.677
437Victoria DesaiFerrari1:04.2641:04.164+1.875
570Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari1:04.5881:04.285+1.996
629Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1:04.6501:04.312+2.023
726Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1:04.6181:04.483+2.194
847Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:04.5591:04.739+2.270
955Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1:04.8411:04.713+2.424
1077Valtteri BottasToyota1:04.7181:04.937+2.429
1133Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1:05.0061:04.760+2.471
1218Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:04.8321:04.795+2.506
134Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes1:05.1841:04.832+2.543
1439Sho TsuboiBR Mansell-Toyota1:04.8791:04.920+2.590
1523Alexander AlbonFerrari1:05.1111:05.957+2.668
1620Kevin MagnussenToyota1:05.8351:05.317+3.026
1711Terry HawkinFAST-BMW1:05.9041:05.828+3.539
1823Jules BianchiMRT-BMW1:06.4241:07.008+4.135
1931Esteban OconFAST-BMW1:06.9041:06.512+4.223
2095Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1:06.7711:06.660+4.371
2156Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW1:06.9421:06.838+4.459
2246Alessandro CicognaniLoonmotor-Judd1:07.4171:07.386+5.097
237Charles LeclercSauber-Judd1:08.1001:08.017+5.728
2484Jack AitkenSauber-Judd1:08.1801:08.113+5.844


Pastor Maldonado took advantage of the worsening conditions and took a legendary victory in his home country.
There are very few things more beautiful to a brash star of sports like seeing your trash talk backed up immediately. Williams team boss Jacques Villeneuve was gifted this joy by his driver Pastor Maldonado taking victory in the inaugural Venezuelan Grand Prix.

His world champion-level experience and talent was on full display. Rain started to fall early in the Grand Prix, forcing teams into multiple pitstops as it worsened. A number of drivers even had to pit three or four times because they damaged their cars.

Beyond the glory of Maldonado’s win, there were other happy drivers. Victoria Desai crept within six points of the championship lead with a third place, Artem Markelov returned from exile with a fourth place and Dean Stoneman turned pole into the best finish of 2022.

Caterham will not be happy with finishing 6-12, even if they still lead the constructor’s championship. Red Bull’s failure to score throws them well behind Williams Racing; BR Mansell overtakes Toyota to make the fight for fifth in the championship very close.


170Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari58:48.21315
226Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari+8.08212
337Victoria DesaiFerrari+8.50910
41Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota+16.3328
557Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes+24.6966
647Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd+39.0925
777Valtteri BottasToyota+55.5754
823Alexander AlbonFerrari+58.1403
911Terry HawkinFAST-BMW+68.5552
1039Sho TsuboiMansell-Mercedes+73.1751
1133Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari+74.686
1218Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+74.802
1320Kevin MagnussenToyota1 Lap
1423Jules BianchiMRT-BMW1 Lap
1514Esteban OconFAST-BMW1 Lap
1646Alessandro CicognaniLoonmotor-Judd2 Laps
1795Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd2 Laps
1855Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes2 Laps
197Charles LeclercSauber-Judd2 Laps
2085Jack AitkenSauber-Judd2 Laps
DNF29Roger IbeRed Bull-FerrariTransmission
DNF56Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMWTransmission
DNF4Robin FrijnsDawson-MercedesLoose Wheel
DNF94Pascal WehrleinPrecision-MercedesSuspension

Fastest Lap:

Victoria Desai – 1:06.229

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Pastor Maldonado – an impressive comeback became the stuff of Formula One legend.

Reject Of The Race:

Kevin Magnussen – back-to-back races of low IQ driving.