George Russell takes his maiden Grand Prix victory in type at Sao Paulo

Sao Paulo (Brazil), Nov 14 (IANS): Mercedes Formulation One driver George Russell took his maiden Grand Prix victory in type at Sao Paulo, with the British racer additionally serving to his staff take its first win and one-two of the season with Lewis Hamilton ending second over Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

Courtesy of their ‘Dash’ outcome and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz’s five-place grid penalty, Russell led Hamilton away initially, with the Security Automotive rapidly deployed for a collision between McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo and Haas’s Kevin Magnussen that despatched each vehicles out at Flip 8, bringing out the Security Automotive.

The Lap 7 resumption noticed Purple Bull driver and 2022 world champion Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collide at Flip 2 earlier than Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was despatched into the Flip 7 boundaries by McLaren’s Lando Norris. Neither of the 4 vehicles retired however Verstappen and Norris each took five-second penalties for his or her incidents.

Hamilton recovered quickly after his scrap with Verstappen and the seven-time champion ran second behind Russell when a stoppage for Norris, on Lap 52, introduced out a VSC-turned Security Automotive, based on

Beneath immense stress, Russell retained his lead over Hamilton on the Lap 60 restart and delivered his first win by a margin of 1.5 seconds over the seven-time champion.

Carlos Sainz was made to work for the ultimate podium spot as, regardless of being on medium compounds, Perez defended his podium spot for various laps after the Security Automotive restart. Charles Leclerc requested his staff to swap positions with P2 within the championship on the fore of his pondering, however Leclerc was advised to accept fourth.

Perez’s last stint on medium tyres not solely price him a podium, however noticed him drop to seventh because the staff allowed Verstappen forward in P6. Regardless of that, Verstappen couldn’t catch P5 finisher Alpine’s Fernando Alonso — although he additionally declined at hand the place again to his staff mate.

Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, who was advised to not combat team-mate Alonso on the last Security Automotive restart, ended up eighth having handed Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas (P9) late on. Lance Stroll in his Aston Martin rounded out the top-10 forward of his medium-shod staff mate Sebastian Vettel by the chequered flag.



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