Charles Leclerc of Ferrari crashed out of the race on lap 18 but was unharmed, and Max Verstappen of Red Bull took first place at Paul Ricard. Lewis Hamilton and George Russell of Mercedes finished third and fourth, respectively. At Le Castellet, where the track temperature was high, tyre management was essential. After Verstappen pitted on Lap 17, it was up to Leclerc to step up. His race was finished in a harsh snap of oversteer at Turn 11, which also caused him to shout in rage and brought out the Safety Car. Hamilton and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez pitted and started chasing Verstappen after the restart. Verstappen continued to run and took over the lead.
- Verstappen, who is currently leading the championship, had a comfortable lead when the race restarted on lap 22.
- By lap 30 of 53, he had opened a four-second gap over Hamilton and had gone on to win by more than ten seconds.
- At the start of the race, Perez dropped to P3 behind Hamilton and was unable to keep up with him.
- Verstappen stretched his championship legs at Paul Ricard as Mercedes claimed their first double podium of the year, but the news will be focused on Leclerc and Ferrari’s struggles in France.
- The 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix concludes this doubleheader the following weekend, July 29–31, with Leclerc facing a 63-point disadvantage to Verstappen and Ferrari aiming to cut Red Bull’s 82-point advantage.