F1 reveal top five favourite 2022 races as voted for by the fans

Fans at the United States Grand Prix. Austin, October 2021. Credit: Alamy
Fans at the United States Grand Prix. Austin, October 2021. Credit: Alamy

F1 fans have voted the British Grand Prix as their favourite race of the 2022 season ahead of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

In a poll run by F1, 34% of responders picked the battle at Silverstone as their favourite of the season with memorable moments throughout.

The race started in a chaotic fashion as three drivers were forced to retire before the first corner. Zhou Guanyu was sent skidding across the tarmac on his roof after he collided with George Russell as the Halo device once again proved a worthy introduction.

Lower down the grid, Alex Albon was also forced to call it a day after Sebastian Vettel misjudged the braking zone and crashed into the back of the Williams.

No longer in control of his car, Albon slammed into the wall nose first before bouncing back onto the track and narrowly avoiding the McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo. He did however hit Esteban Ocon and Vettel but both were able to continue following the red flag restart.

Thankfully following the second start there were a lot fewer collisions as a four-way fight for the lead between both Ferraris and Red Bulls broke out.

Charles Leclerc and Sergio Perez made contact leaving Max Verstappen to chase Carlos Sainz and the Dutchman did take the lead only for him to become undone by some debris on the track that required him to pit following a puncture.

As the race moved into its final stages, it was another disaster class from Ferrari in terms of strategy as following the Safety Car brought out by Esteban Ocon’s stoppage, they chose not to bring race leader Leclerc in for a set of new tyres.

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They did however bring Sainz in, swapping his old hards for fresh softs, and the Spaniard was able to overtake his team-mate during the first lap under green flag conditions.

With Sainz speeding off into the distance, the battle for second produced one of the commentary moments of the season with Sky Sports’ David Croft shouting “through goes Hamilton!” as he overtook both Perez and Leclerc for P2.

Perez then grabbed back the spot before an almighty battle for the final podium place between Leclerc and Hamilton resulted in the seven-time World Champion delighting the British crowd with P3.

Given the drama of the final stages, the race was a worthy winner and one that will long be remembered.

Shortly behind was the Sao Paulo Grand Prix with 21% voting for the race which saw George Russell pick up his maiden F1 win.

The Bahrain Grand Prix earned 8%, the Belgium Grand Prix 5% and the Hungarian Grand Prix 4%.

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