Sao Paulo GP: George Russell wins first F1 race as Lewis Hamilton seals Mercedes one-two

George Russell managed a one-two from Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo GP to take the first Grand Prix win of his Formula 1 career; The win is also Mercedes’ first of the season; Max Verstappen finishes sixth after colliding with Hamilton in the early stages

Last updated: 13/11/22 20:35

George Russell claimed his first Formula One victory by holding off Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton for victory in Sao Paulo.

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George Russell claimed his first Formula One victory by holding off Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton for victory in Sao Paulo.

George Russell claimed his first Formula One victory by holding off Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton for victory in Sao Paulo.

George Russell led a Mercedes one-two from Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo GP to take the first Grand Prix win of his Formula 1 career and his team’s first win of the season.

Russell started from first after taking his first career sprint win on Saturday and never relinquished control during a dramatic race at Interlagos on Sunday, which included two Safety Car interruptions.

At the restart after the first safety car on lap seven, Hamilton and world champion Max Verstappen collided and the Red Bull driver suffered damage that forced him to pit and receive a five-second time penalty, before eventually fighting back to finish sixth .

Hamilton dropped to eighth but recovered brilliantly to second, before a safety car following the retirement of Lando Norris put him within striking distance when the race resumed with 11 laps to go.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at turn two after the race restarted after the first safety car.

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Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at turn two after the race restarted after the first safety car.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at turn two after the race restarted after the first safety car.

Russell kept his cool though to keep Hamilton out of DRS range in the closing stages and cap a superb debut season with the team as the 24-year-old leads the seven-time world champion by 23 points heading into next weekend’s season finale in Abu. Dubai.

The victory also offers significant consolation for Mercedes in a season in which Red Bull ended their eight-year streak of constructors’ titles and moves them to within 23 points of second-placed Ferrari heading into the final race.

Moments after the Hamilton-Verstappen incident, Norris and Charles Leclerc also collided, with the Ferrari driver rejoining the field to finish fourth, behind team-mate Carlos Sainz, who completed the podium.

Max Verstappen refuses to let teammate Sergio Perez back through and is furious with Red Bull on team radio.

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Max Verstappen refuses to let teammate Sergio Perez back through and is furious with Red Bull on team radio.

Max Verstappen refuses to let teammate Sergio Perez back through and is furious with Red Bull on team radio.

Verstappen, who sealed his second successive title in Japan last month with four races to spare, ignored the team’s order on the final lap to allow Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez to come through to help the Mexican in his battle with Leclerc for second place driver. ‘ championship.

Perez had let Verstappen through earlier and had been promised his team-mate would return if he failed to gain more places, but finishing seventh moves him level with Leclerc on 290 points in the season finale.

Norris’ car failure, which followed teammate Daniel Ricciardo’s first-lap retirement after a collision with Haas’ Kevin Magnussen, capped a hugely disappointing day for McLaren, with Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon finishing fifth and eighth to move Alpine. 19 points advantage in the fight for fourth place in the constructors’ championship.

George Russell maintains his lead from the grid before Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen hit the safety car on the opening lap of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

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George Russell maintains his lead from the grid before Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen hit the safety car on the opening lap of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

George Russell maintains his lead from the grid before Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen hit the safety car on the opening lap of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas finished ninth for Alfa Romeo to seal a second successive point, while Sebastian Vettel took the final point for Aston Martin in the penultimate race of his career, before retiring at the end of the season.

More to come…

Sao Paulo Grand Prix: Results of the race
1) George Russell, Mercedes
2) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
3) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
4) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
5) Fernando Alonso, Alpine
6) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
7) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
8) Esteban Ocon, Alpine
9) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
10) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin

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