Russell gives Mercedes first victory – Alfa-Sauber with luck

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.

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