This Weekend in Motorsport

 

Tragedy for Red Bull at the first race of the F1 season, and rain in Indonesia made for a treacherous second MotoGP race of the year.

 

F1

Coming off a championship win in 2021, Red Bull had it sights set high for the new season but then it all started to go wrong three laps from the end, as first Max Verstappen, then Sergio Perez, retired from the race.

 

Ferrari however had the best start to the season, netting a 1-2 finish in Bahrain. Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. both drove with passion and commitment to take them and their teams to victory!

Prior to Sunday’s event, Ferrari were winless in their last 45 races – the 2nd-longest winless streak in Ferrari history.

 

Lewis Hamilton was looking on course to finish fifth in the Bahrain Grand Prix, that was until the Red Bulls suffered technical issues that led to both retiring with less than five laps to go, pushing Hamilton into what was an unlikely 183rd career podium. It is not his usual Top 2 finish but the Brit will look to take this momentum into to second race.

 

Results are as follows:

 

1              Charles Leclerc                  Ferrari

2              Carlos Sainz                        Ferrari

3              Lewis Hamilton                  Mercedes

4              George Russell                  Mercedes

5              Kevin Magnusen              Haas

6              Valtteri Bottas                   Alfa Romeo

7              Esteban Ocon                    Alpine

8              Yuki Tsunoda                     AlphaTauri

9              Fernando Alonso              Alpine

10           Guanyu Zhou                     Alfa Romeo

11           Mick Schumacher            Haas

12           Lance Stroll                         Aston Martin

13           Alexander Albon              Williams

14           Daniel Ricciardo                 McLaren

15           Lando Norris                      McLaren

16           Nicholas Latifi                    Williams

17           Nico Hulkenberg              Aston Martin

DNF       Sergio Perez                       Red Bull

DNF       Max Verstappen              Red Bull

DNF       Pierre Gasly                        AlphaTauri

 

MotoGP

 

Torrential rain delayed the start of the Indonesian GP, the riders returned to this historic track for the first time since 1997. Subsequently, the race was shortened to a 20 lap race.

 

KTM’s Miguel Oliveira put on an absolute masterclass of wet riding, as the Portuguese rider took an emphatic first place.

 

Poleman and 2021 Champion, Fabio Quartararo nailed his launch off the line to grab the holeshot on his factory Yamaha. Oliveira slotted into second, ahead of Ducati’s Jack Miller, and a fast-starting Alex Rins on his Suzuki.

 

A mirage of mistakes from Quartararo saw the Frenchman drop from P1. Miller and Oliveira pounced and broke away from the pack. A great tussle ensued which ultimately led to Oliveira taking the top spot where he stayed for the rest of the race.

 

 

 

Brad Binder qualified in P4, looking to hold his momentum coming into the second round, an unfortunate malfunction with the ride height sensor, saw the South African drop all the way back to P12.

Brad ultimately ended in P8, 2 positions in front of his brother Darryn.

Darryn had a fantastic race finishing in P10, after qualifying second last.

 

A huge crash from Marc Marquez resulted in a concussion and him not being allowed to compete.

 

Results are as follows:

 

1              Miguel Oliveira                  POR       Red Bull KTM (RC16)                       33m 27.223s

2              Fabio Quartararo              FRA        Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)          +2.205s

3              Johann Zarco                      FRA        Pramac Ducati (GP22)                    +3.158s

4              Jack Miller                           AUS       Ducati Lenovo (GP22)                    +5.663s

5              Alex Rins                              SPA        Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)                  +7.044s

6              Joan Mir                               SPA        Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)                  +7.832s

7              Franco Morbidelli             ITA         Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)          +21.115s

8              Brad Binder                        RSA        Red Bull KTM (RC16)                       +32.413s

9              Aleix Espargaro                 SPA        Aprilia Racing (RS-GP)                    +32.586s

10           Darryn Binder                    RSA        WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*  +32.901s

11           Enea Bastianini                  ITA         Gresini Ducati (GP21)                     +33.116s

12           Pol Espargaro                     SPA        Repsol Honda (RC213V)                 +33.599s

13           Alex Marquez                    SPA        LCR Honda (RC213V)                       +33.735s

14           Luca Marini                         ITA         Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)       +34.991s

15           Francesco Bagnaia           ITA         Ducati Lenovo (GP22)                    +35.763s

16           Maverick Viñales              SPA        Aprilia Racing (RS-GP)                    +37.397s

17           Raul Fernandez                 SPA        KTM Tech3 (RC16)*                         +41.975s

18           Fabio Di Giannantonio   ITA         Gresini Ducati (GP21)*                  +47.915s

19           Takaaki Nakagami            JPN        LCR Honda (RC213V)                       +49.471s

20           Marco Bezzecchi              ITA         Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*    +49.473s

21           Remy Gardner                   AUS       KTM Tech3 (RC16)*                         +55.964s

Jorge Martin                       SPA        Pramac Ducati (GP22)                    DNF

Andrea Dovizioso             ITA         WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)     DNF

Marc Marquez                  SPA        Repsol Honda (RC213V)                 DNS

 

 

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