Lewis Hamilton behind Russell as Leclerc leads Drivers’ Championship – full standings

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RED BULL star and reigning world champion Max Verstappen received his first race of the season in Saudi Arabia, however Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc leads the Drivers’ Championship.

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Max Verstappen put in a shocking efficiency to safe his first win of the 2022 Method 1 season at Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The reigning world champion accomplished a spectacular overtake on Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to shut the hole on his rival on the high of the Drivers’ Championship standings.

The Dutchman confirmed off his crafty racecraft by intelligently ready to keep away from passing Leclerc previous to the DRS zone, which proved to be the very best time to make an overtake stick. It was the right response from Verstappen and Pink Bull after he failed to complete in Bahrain final weekend. 

Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez took a superb pole place however his race progress was cruelly undone by an ill-timed security automotive quickly after he pitted. It mainly gifted Leclerc, Verstappen and Carlos Sainz a free pit cease, they usually all handed the Mexican. 

Sainz went on to complete in third and full a double podium for Ferrari after the Italian motorsport giants received the Bahrain Grand Prix with a one-two. Perez – who additionally broke down previous to ending the race the week earlier than – earned the primary factors of his season with a fourth-place end, whereas George Russell rounded out the highest 5. 

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Lewis Hamilton behind Russell as Leclerc leads Drivers' Championship - full standings

Charles Leclerc leads the Drivers’ Championship by means of the primary two races of the season (Picture: GETTY)

The Mercedes newcomer loved a strong outing, nevertheless it was a weekend to neglect for Lewis Hamilton. The seven-time world champion struggled along with his automotive all the weekend and solely managed to safe a single level. 

Right here is how the Drivers’ Championship stands after the primary two races of a file 23-race season:

1. Charles Leclerc – Ferrari: 45

2. Carlos Sainz – Ferrari: 33

3. Max Verstappen – Pink Bull: 25

4. George Russell – Mercedes: 22

5.Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes: 16

6. Esteban Ocon – Alpine: 14

=7. Sergio Perez – Pink Bull: 12

=7. Kevin Magnussen – Haas: 12

9. Valtteri Bottas – Alfa Romeo: 8

10. Lando Norris – McLaren: 6

=11. Yuki Tsunoda – AlphaTauri: 4

=11Pierre Gasly – AlphaTauri: 4

13. Fernando Alonso – Alpine: 2

14.Guanyu Zhou – Alfa Romeo: 1

=15. Mick Schumacher – Haas: 0

=15. Sebastian Vettel – Aston Martin: 0

=15. Daniel Ricciardo – McLaren: 0

=15. Nico Hulkenberg – Aston Martin: 0

=15. Lance Stroll – Aston Martin: 0

=15. Alex Albon – Williams: 0

=15. Nicholas Latifi – Williams: 0

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Listed here are the Constructors’ Championship standings after the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix:

1. Ferrari: 78

2. Mercedes: 38

3. Pink Bull: 37

4. Alpine: 16

5. Haas: 12

6. Alfa Romeo: 9

7. AlphaTauri: 8

8. McLaren: 6

=9. Aston Martin: 0

=9. Williams: 0

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