Sao Paulo Grand Prix: George Russell and Lewis Hamilton to work collectively to earn victory for Mercedes

Russell overtook Max Verstappen’s Purple Bull to complete first in Saturday’s Dash, as Hamilton drove by way of the sector to hitch him on the entrance row; Watch the Sao Paulo Grand Prix reside on Sky Sports activities with protection from 4.30pm and lights out at 6pm on Sunday

Final Up to date: 13/11/22 7:30am

‘That is how we roll’: George Russell crossed the road first in Saturday’s Dash

George Russell and Lewis Hamilton plan to work collectively to remain forward of Max Verstappen and safe a primary win of the season in Sao Paulo.

The Mercedes duo earned their first front-row lockout as team-mates after Russell overtook world champion Verstappen to take victory in Saturday’s Dash, whereas Hamilton battled from eighth on the grid to complete third.

Carlos Sainz’ five-place grid penalty sees Hamilton promoted to second on the grid for Sunday’s race and Russell expects Mercedes to make use of completely different methods to neutralise the Purple Bull risk behind.

“It’s loopy to suppose we’re each beginning on the entrance row and Lewis did a terrific job coming from P8 so it’s thrilling,” he mentioned after claiming the primary “win” of his F1 profession.

Russell overtook Max Verstappen after a thrilling battle

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Russell overtook Max Verstappen after an exciting battle

Russell overtook Max Verstappen after an exciting battle

“I’m positive Max goes to be flying on Sunday coming by way of the pack, however we’re in a luxurious place and may possibly cut up the technique and go for the win.”

Each Mercedes accomplished the 24-lap Dash on mushy tyres and clearly benefitted from Purple Bull’s resolution to start out on mediums, passing Verstappen on laps 15 and 19 respectively.

Nevertheless, Russell believes the upgrades the crew has delivered in current races was additionally an element of their success in Brazil.

“We weren’t anticipating to have that a lot tempo, but it surely goes to indicate all of the exhausting work we’re placing in and the progress we as a crew have made.

“These final three races since Austin, the automotive has been feeling nice and it’s troublesome to know the way Max would have gotten on if he had been on the mushy tyres.”

Russell and Verstappen were involved in an epic battle for the lead

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Russell and Verstappen have been concerned in an epic battle for the lead

Russell and Verstappen have been concerned in an epic battle for the lead

He added on Sky Sports activities F1: “I’m so happy with the work [the team] are placing in and it’s such a morale booster going into the winter, whatever the final result on Sunday. It’s a enormous end result for us.

“We’re undoubtedly making steps ahead and we’re undoubtedly stunned as a crew at how aggressive now we have been.”

Hamilton has eyes on a Mercedes one-two

Hamilton also overtook Verstappen towards the end of the Sprint

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Hamilton additionally overtook Verstappen in direction of the tip of the Dash

Hamilton additionally overtook Verstappen in direction of the tip of the Dash

Hamilton has solely two races left in 2022 to protect his proud document of profitable a Grand Prix in each season of his F1 profession.

He additionally believes he and Russell can crew as much as stand up to the specter of Verstappen in third and ship a victory in Brazil, a rustic the place he turned an honorary citizen earlier this week.

“I’m so, so blissful to be right here, it has been an unimaginable week,” Hamilton mentioned.

“This simply goes again to everybody again on the manufacturing facility, everybody working right here on the bottom who’ve been working so exhausting this 12 months. That is a tremendous end result. To be on the entrance row is unimaginable.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton praises his team-mate George Russell in winning the Sprint at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix

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Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton praises his team-mate George Russell in profitable the Dash on the Sao Paulo Grand Prix

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton praises his team-mate George Russell in profitable the Dash on the Sao Paulo Grand Prix

“From there, we should always be capable to work as a crew and hopefully maintain off the blokes behind. We’re going to attempt as exhausting as we will.

“If we will get some good degradation and a few good climate, we might have combat on our fingers.

“A win right here for Brazil could be unimaginable.”

He added on Sky Sports activities F1 that Mercedes have been hoping not solely to win the race, however to complete within the prime two positions on the rostrum.

“It is a dream end result,” he mentioned.

“That is what everybody on the manufacturing facility has been working so exhausting for therefore an enormous, huge thanks to all people for simply persevering.

“We are going to work the toughest we will tomorrow to present them that one-two that they really deserve.”

Sao Paulo Grand Prix: Provisional beginning prime 10:

1) George Russell, Mercedes

2) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes

3) Max Verstappen, Purple Bull

4) Sergio Perez, Purple Bull

5) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari

6) Lando Norris, McLaren

7) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari

8) Kevin Magnussen, Haas

9) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin

10) Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri

Watch the Sao Paulo Grand Prix reside on Sky Sports activities with protection from 4.30pm and lights out at 6pm on Sunday

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