Brazilian Grand Prix: Victory for Verstappen, double trouble for Ferrari
Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing) has won the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, what is his third victory this season and eighth in a career. The driver of the #33 RB15-Honda started the race from pole and converted it into victory after 71 laps at 4.3km circuit.
Verstappen shared a provisional podium with Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) but Hamilton received 5sec post-race penalty, so the third place went to Carlos Sainz Jr. (McLaren). Both for Gasly and Sainz, it’s their maiden F1 podium.
The race was pretty calm until the last few laps. On Lap 66, two Ferrari teammates sensationally collided. Vettel’s rear-left and Leclerc’s front-right tires touched, causing the retirement of both drivers.
After the restart, Alex Albon (Red Bull) was running in second place, looking for his maiden podium, but Hamilton tagged him with two laps to go. Albon dropped back to P14 while Hamilton stayed in the fight for the podium, crossing the finish line together with Pierre Gasly. However, five seconds have been added to Hamilton’s time after the race, putting him to P7 and promoting Carlos Sainz Jr. to P3.
The other point scorers are Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo Racing, 4th), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo Racing, 5th), Daniel Ricciardo (Renault, 6th), Lando Norris (McLaren, 8th), Sergio Perez (Racing Point, 9th) and Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso, 10th).
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