By James Broughton, November 13, 2022
George Russell might have gained Saturday’s thrilling Dash Qualifying race, nevertheless it isn’t the identical as successful a correct Grand Prix on Sunday. Mercedes completed 1-2 and due to this fact began on the entrance row of the grid for Sunday. Max Verstappen was anticipated to scoop up the dash race after passing shock pole-sitter Kevin Magnussen. Nonetheless, Verstappen’s Pink Bull appeared underneath the climate and he might solely end dash qualifying in a lowly 4th. With the entrance row locked out, it seemed as if the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix correct on Sunday was a race solely Mercedes might lose.
The opening lap of the race correct was marked by a collision between Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen which introduced out the security automobile. On the restart, Russell darted away mid-way down the start-finish straight leaving Hamilton and Verstappen in his wake. Verstappen bought a run on Hamilton within the run-up to turn-1 and noticed his alternative to take 2nd away from Hamilton. However the two touched.
Hamilton was pressured huge off the observe and dropped down the order, Verstappen sustained broken and was pressured to pit. Later, race stewards apportioned blame on Verstappen handing him a 5-second penalty. Because the race settled right into a sample Hamilton put in a feisty restoration drive. In the meantime, on the entrance George Russell seemed safe and assured with Sergio Perez within the Pink Bull holding a 2-second watching temporary.
A late security automobile with 16 laps to go triggered disruption and stress, by now Mercedes 1st (Russell) and 2nd (Hamilton). On the re-start, Russell held his nerve and saved sufficient of a distance to take care of a cushty hole. Ultimately, Russell held his nerve to take a deserved first victory for himself and the primary win of the season for Mercedes.
Document-breaking winner of most races in a single season Verstappen ultimately extracted himself from sixteenth to complete sixth after struggling battle harm in his combat with Hamilton earlier within the race. However the day belonged to George Russell. Russell’s victory is, in some ways, the start of a brand new period for Method One.
For Mercedes, it marks the primary victory of a really lengthy and irritating season spent catching as much as the main pack.
2022 Brazilian Grand Prix: Race Outcomes
1 George RUSSELL Mercedes
2 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +1.529
3 Carlos SAINZ Ferrari +4.051
4 Charles LECLERC Ferrari +8.441
5 Fernando ALONSO Alpine+9.561
6 Max VERSTAPPEN Pink Bull Racing +10.056
7 Sergio PEREZ Pink Bull Racing +14.080
8 Esteban OCON Alpine +18.690
9 Valtteri BOTTAS Alfa Romeo+22.552
10 Lance STROLL Aston Martin+23.552
11 Sebastian VETTEL Aston Martin+26.183
12 ZHOU Guanyu Alfa Romeo+29.325
13 Mick SCHUMACHER Haas F1 Staff+29.899
14 Pierre GASLY AlphaTauri+31.867
15 Alexander ALBON Williams+36.016
16 Nicholas LATIFI Williams+37.038
17 Yuki TSUNODA AlphaTauri +1 lap
18 Lando NORRIS McLaren DNF
19 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Haas F1 Staff DNF
20 Daniel RICCIARDO McLaren DNF