The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has come to an end and it has not been the craziest race we have had throughout the 2022 Formula 1 season. Problems in the power units were a key factor, which played in favour of many teams (like Red Bull and Mercedes) but very badly for others (like Ferrari and Haas). Carlos Sainz had to retire due to a hydraulic problem with his engine, while drivers' title contender, Charles Leclerc also had to retire his F1-75 due to another power unit problem. Likewise, the Ferraris were not the only ones to retire due to this type of problem, but also Zhou's Alfa Romeo, Kevin Magnussen's Haas and Lance Stroll's Aston Martin. This means that of 5 retirements due to problems in the power unit, 4 of them have a Ferrari engine. This was put to good use by Red Bull, who made it 1-2 with championship leader and one-time world champion, Max Verstappen on top of the podium, with Sergio Pérez second. Another team that had a very good performance was Mercedes. The German team stepped on the podium with car number 63 of George Russell, while the seven-time world champion finished the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in fourth place.
George Russell started the race in fifth position behind both Ferraris and both Red Bulls. Taking advantage of the retirements of the Italians, Russell always stayed in third position. His Mercedes didn't have the pace to fight for higher positions against the Red Bulls, but he also didn't have poor pace for the drivers coming from behind to give him a fight. These were some of the statements made by the driver of the Mercedes number 63:
Another podium and plenty of points in the bag. Great job, team! 👊🏆🇦🇿 pic.twitter.com/lnHrrbx7RM— George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) June 12, 2022
“I was pretty please [for] the race come to a close, we are just smashing the ground every single corner, every lap for an hour and a half is pretty brutal, So I will sleep well tonight. Especially on a circuit that is not normally that physical.” George Russell commented as reported by Sky Sports F1.
“I’m please to be standing on the podium, as a team we have got to be there to pick up the pieces at the end, and that is what we are doing. We have just got to deal with it [bouncing] and as drivers accept there is not going to be any short-term changes.” The British driver stated. “But there are conversations going on about the long-term future of these regulations. Let’s see. We have got intelligent people in this sport, so I’m sure we will find a solution.”