Verstappen, Leclerc to carry their rivalry to Monaco Grand Prix, catch all the action on Dstv SuperSport

Viewers on DStv can look forward to the seventh round of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship, the Monaco Grand Prix, live from the iconic Circuit de Monaco on the afternoon of Sunday 29 May 2022.

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The previous round in Spain saw Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen claim a somewhat fortuitous victory, capitalising on a retirement from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc – who was leading comfortably before suffering a power unit failure – to take the chequered flag, with teammate Sergio Perez in second place and Mercedes’ George Russell in third.

The result in Barcelona means Verstappen has risen to the top of the Drivers’ Championship standings with 110 points, opening a six-point advantage over former leader Leclerc. Perez is in third with 85 points, Russel has 74 and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz rounds out the top five with 65.

The Constructors’ Championship has Red Bull on top with 195 points, with Ferrari on 169 and Mercedes on 120.

epa09966478 Mexican Formula One driver Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez of Red Bull in action during the Formula One Grand Prix of Spain held at Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya in Montmelo, Barcelona, Spain, 22 May 2022. EPA/Alberto Estevez

Verstappen’s fourth win this season arrived despite a technical glitch with his DRS (Drag Reduction System), with the flap on his rear wing not opening consistently and greatly affecting his ability to get past Russell in a thrilling mid-race battle, as well as a temporary turn four excursion into the gravel trap.

“The first 30 laps for me were very frustrating because I really don’t know what happened in Turn 4,” the Dutchman explained. “I just brake at the same point and suddenly I just completely lost the rear and went off which really caught me by surprise.

“They told me there was a lot of tailwind suddenly because it was very gusty around the track the whole race and some laps you went in and everything’s stable, next lap suddenly it was all a bit more on the edge.

“That caught me out, I went off, which is, of course, not great. But then, you know, nothing was really lost. But then of course, my DRS started having issues and it was very frustrating. 20 laps or something and sometimes it was opening like midway of the straight and then I could just have a run but yes.

“Because you get the activation you see the lights so then you press it and it was not opening I tried to get it but it was not opening so I was like spamming the button or like the paddle we have and sometimes it would open [then] close. So yeah, it was very frustrating.”

Leclerc, meanwhile, was obviously disappointed with the retirement – his first of the season – but focused on the positive steps forward that Ferrari made which put him a position to win the race before unreliability struck. He is also hopeful that things will run smoothly for his home race in Monaco.

“That’s how it is, it can happen to us,” Leclerc said. “We haven’t had any problems since the beginning of the season… I hope I can finally finish this GP at home [Monaco] next week.”

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Monaco Grand Prix broadcast details, 28-29 May 2022

All times CAT

Saturday 28 May

15:50: Qualifying – LIVE on SuperSport Motorsport and SuperSport Maximo 1

Sunday 29 May

14:55: Race – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand, SuperSport Motorsport and SuperSport Maximo 1

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