Misfortune for Opponents Hands Vettel Second Victory of 2022


157Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes1:17.8021:17.843
294Pascal WehrleinPrecision-Mercedes1:18.1111:18.096+0.294
31Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota1:20.8461:19.880+2.044
439Sho TsuboiBR Mansell-Toyota1:20.7571:20.175+2.373
529Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1:20.3031:20.302+2.500
633Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1:20.5321:20.348+2.546
737Victoria DesaiFerrari1:20.3871:20.521+2.585
870Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari1:20.6491:20.419+2.617
923Alexander AlbonFerrari1:20.5141:20.425+2.623
1077Valtteri BottasToyota1:20.7081:20.508+2.706
1120Kevin MagnussenToyota1:20.5141:20.636+2.712
1218Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:20.5991:20.801+2.797
134Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes1:20.7141:20.688+2.886
1447Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:20.9191:20.717+2.915
1555Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1:20.8491:20.746+3.039
1626Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1:20.8821:21.174+3.080
1731Esteban OconFAST-BMW1:22.5011:21.971+4.169
1811Terry HawkinFAST-BMW1:22.5081:22.380+4.578
1923Jules BianchiMRT-BMW1:22.7451:22.514+4.712
2095Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1:23.3941:22.559+4.757
2156Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW1:22.6831:22.766+4.881
2246Alessandro CicognaniLoonmotor-Judd1:23.7911:23.218+5.416
237Charles LeclercSauber-Judd1:25.9311:24.342+6.540
2484Jack AitkenSauber-Judd1:25.1291:24.754+6.952


While Toyota's technical failure were perhaps the most embarrassing ones, they were not the only team struggling.
The new generation of hydrogen fuel cells have turned an old adage very relevant: to finish first, first you have to finish. This year’s French Grand Prix demonstrated that situation very much, as a few drivers could tell.

After he jumped the Precisions at the start, Artem Markelov managed to build a healthy lead and was looking good for the first victory of his title defense. Regrettably, his car abandoned him and his suspension broke.

Pastor Maldonado joined him in the club of drivers that retired from the race. Much to the chagrin of team manager Jacques Villeneuve, the Ferrari-supplied universal transmission of the car failed after the halfway point.

Sebastian Vettel was able to inherit the Grand Prix victory, finishing just over five seconds ahead of championship rival Victoria Desai. The two drivers are now the equivalent of a win ahead of third-placed Norris.


118Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd60:57.63715
237Victoria DesaiFerrari+5.21412
329Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari+10.04710
433Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari+24.5498
547Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd+35.1996
639Sho TsuboiMansell-Mercedes+48.2225
714Esteban OconFAST-BMW+69.0544
811Terry HawkinFAST-BMW+86.9193
957Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes+87.9952
1095Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap1
1123Jules BianchiMRT-BMW1 Lap
127Charles LeclercSauber-Judd1 Lap
134Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes2 Laps
1446Alessandro CicognaniLoonmotor-Judd2 Laps
1585Jack AitkenSauber-Judd2 Laps
1655Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes2 Laps
DNF77Valtteri BottasToyotaWater Leak
DNF20Kevin MagnussenToyotaWater Leak
DNF70Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-FerrariTransmission
DNF94Pascal WehrleinPrecision-MercedesMotor
DNF1Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-ToyotaSuspension
DNF26Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-FerrariTransmission
DNF56Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMWMotor
DNF23Alexander AlbonFerrariSuspension

Fastest Lap:

Roger Ibe – 1:24.896

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Beitske Visser – very good driving allowed her to pick up a point.

Reject Of The Race:

Toyota – having both cars drop out within seconds is poor marketing for any manufacturer.