Formula 1: GP Brazil live overview

A grandiose sprint show in Interlagos

Russell gives Mercedes first victory – Alfa-Sauber with luck

Three to one: Mercedes driver George Russell wins the final sprint of the year ahead of Carlos Sainz. The two Alfa-Saubers will start from the seventh row on Sunday.

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Fists clenched: George Russell wins sprint race in Brazil.

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Roger BenoitFormula 1 expert

Mercedes eventually won the race in 2022 thanks to George Russell (26). But the 100km sprint in São Paulo does not count towards Grand Prix statistics. Only the first eight drivers received championship points.

A deserved winner after a brilliant, breath-taking show in front of 80,000 fans, he is on pole on Sunday – along with team-mate Hamilton, as Sainz (2nd) collected five penalties for an engine change.

Russell, who pushed past leader Verstappen after several attacks on lap 15: “Why can’t we also win the penultimate race on Sunday? With Lewis, we are very well represented at the front.” Because in the 19th lap, the seven-time world champion also caught Verstappen and actually finished third.

Verstappen: contact with Sainz

The Dutchman avoided any risk here, even if he lost a piece of the end plate in a duel with Sainz. The Red Bull champion only caught poleman Magnussen in the Haas Ferrari on the third lap. The Dane then passed backwards. At the finish, he scored the final championship point in eighth place – 1.4 seconds ahead of Vettel in the Aston Martin-Mercedes.

The German was rightfully angry. In the tenth lap, he had a mad fight with teammate Stroll and had to swerve onto the grass – and for that the Canadian received a ten-second penalty.

A team fight in Alpine

Alfa-Sauber also benefited from this, which again got off to a bad start. They were way behind after the first round. Well, they started from the penultimate row. Tomorrow they will stand together in the seventh row. He owes it to the team’s renewed crash at Alpine: Alonso was the only one who had to pit, Ocon’s car no longer running.

After the sprint race, Alpine burns in Parc Fermé

The Marshalls come to the rescue: After the sprint race, Alpine burns in Parc Fermé(00:30)

And at the back, Latifi again had no chance and teammate Albon spun.

It was another happy day in the worst misery for Alfa-Sauber. Aston Martin-Mercedes (9th Vettel) missed a point and is still 49:53 behind in the fight for sixth place.

Basic assembly

1st row: Russell–Hamilton
2nd row: Verstappen – Perez
3rd line: Leclerc-Norris
4th row: Sainz-Magnussen
5th row: Vettel – Gasly
6th line: Ricciardo – Schumacher
7th row: Zhou – Bottas
8th row: Alonso – Tsunoda
9th row: Walk – Ocon
10th line: Latifi-Albon

World Championship Stand

Driver rating
1. Max Verstappen 421
2.

Sergio Perez

284
3.

Charles Leclerc

278
4. George Russell 239
5.

Lewis Hamilton

222
6. Carlos Sainz 219
7.

Lando Norris

113
8. Stephen Ocon 82
9.

Fernando Alonso

71
10.

Valtteri Bottas

47
11. Sebastian Vettel 36
12.

Daniel Ricciardo

35
13.

Kevin Magnussen

25
14.

Pierre Gasly

23
15.

Lance Stroll

13
16. Mick Schumacher 12
17.

Yuki Tsunoda

12
18.

Guanyu Zhou

6
19.

Alexander Albon

4
20. Nicholas Latifi 2
21.

Nyck de Vries

2
22. Nico Hulkenberg 0
team assessment
1. Red Bull-Honda 705

2

Ferrari

497
3. Mercedes 461
4. Alpine-F1-Renault 153
5.

McLaren-Mercedes

148
6.

Alfa-Sauber-Ferrari

53
7.

Aston Martin-Mercedes

49
8.

Haas-Ferrari

37
9.

Alfa-Tauri-Honda

35
10. Williams-Mercedes 8

Here’s how to proceed

The GP at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace (71 laps of 4.309 km) starts on Sunday at 19:00.

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