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.
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
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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