Brazil GP – Russell debuts with Safety Car win at Interlagos – Sport


George Russell ahead of Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes celebrate their resurrection at Interlagos, landing a one-two.


  • 1. George Russell (GBR, Mercedes)
  • 2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Mercedes)
  • 3. Carlos Sainz (ESP, Ferrari)

In the 21st and penultimate race of the season, the time has finally come again: The once-dominant Mercedes racing team can look forward to a GP victory – and thanks to George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, double the success of earlier times.

17 Mercedes podium finishes

For the 24-year-old Russell, who has been driving for Mercedes since this year (in 2020 he stood in for Hamilton, who was suffering from Corona), this is the first GP victory of his career after already finishing on the podium. seven times this year. He already won the sprint race on Saturday and took pole position. Hamilton, heavily battered in 2022, missed out on his first win of the season by 1.529 seconds but still secured his ninth podium.

Behind him, Carlos Sainz for Ferrari took third place ahead of teammate Charles Leclerc. The Red Bull team had to settle for 6th (Max Verstappen) and 7th (Sergio Perez). Valtteri Bottas scored two valuable constructors’ championship points for the Alfa team in 9th place. Zhou Guanyu in the second Alfa Romeo was thirteenth.

Unsuccessful attempts to overtake

The race was characterized by a number of safety car stages. Immediately after the start, Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen caused a yellow flag due to contact. After breaking free, Verstappen and Hamilton as well as Lando Norris and Leclerc touched while trying to overtake. Verstappen then had to pit.

20 laps before the end, Norris went out with an engine failure – again there was a virtual safety phase. After that, the Mercedes leader was no longer in danger, while Perez was losing places due to diminishing tires and was finally pushed out by Fernando Alonso (Alpine/5th).

This is how it goes

Perez had to let Leclerc catch up in the World Cup standings. Second place will be decided next weekend at the Dernière in Abu Dhabi.

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