George Russell gave Mercedes their first win of the 2022 F1 season this afternoon on the Brazilian Grand Prix, the place the Briton completely dominated the race after having began from pole.
Russell received Saturday’s dash and totally capitalized on Mercedes’ dominant tempo at Interlagos, the place the Silver Arrows arguably appeared the strongest. Lewis Hamilton had a somewhat rollercoaster of a race however managed to complete proper behind his teammate, giving the group an excellent 1-2 outcome.
In a post-race media interplay, the seven-time world champion was completely ecstatic and even hinted at the potential for a possible win on the F1 season finale in Abu Dhabi subsequent weekend. He stated:
“We’ve labored so onerous this yr. To be the place we’re, to be preventing for entrance row, to be preventing for podiums and to get a one-two, truthfully I’m elated for the entire group. Who is aware of [if Mercedes can win in Abu Dhabi]? We didn’t count on to be as fast as we’ve been this weekend. It’s simply unbelievable, the turnaround.”
Whereas Max Verstappen stays on the high of the record because the 2022 F1 world champion, the double podium for Mercedes has strengthened the driving force positions within the standings drastically. Whereas George Russell and Lewis Hamilton stay fourth and fifth respectively, Hamilton appears on target to keep up the place towards Carlos Sainz.
The Spaniard made a powerful restoration from P7 ending the race in third, taking his ninth podium end of the 2022 season. His teammate Charles Leclerc didn’t have a race as easy, on condition that Lando Norris made contact together with his Ferrari early on. This despatched the Monegasque to the again of the grid, though he managed to drive a robust race again to the entrance and safe P4 behind his team-mate. Having completed forward of Sergio Perez, Leclerc now finds himself in second within the drivers’ standings, with factors equal to that of the Mexican.
Perez, whose Pink Bull merely didn’t have the tempo to compete with the Silver Arrows in São Paulo, was preventing for second within the F1 standings. In the direction of the closing levels of the race, the group requested Verstappen to surrender his sixth-place place to his team-mate since he had nothing to lose, however the Dutchman refused to take action. The double world champion completed in sixth, forward of Perez. The Mexican was understandably furious and was left somewhat speechless ultimately.
In a post-race media interplay, Perez shared his disappointment. He stated:
“I used to be informed to let him by and that I used to be going to get again the place. I do not know what the problems have been on his aspect. No concept, possibly it is best to ask him about it. Nothing to say actually. In spite of everything I’ve executed for him, it’s a bit disappointing to be trustworthy. I’m actually stunned. We have been undoubtedly down on tempo this weekend, so I hope we’re again on our normal type in Abu Dhabi.”
Listed below are the 2022 F1 Driver Standings after the Brazilian GP