RUSSELL WINS IN BRAZIL TO BECOME 113TH DIFFERENT WINNER
F1 came to Brazil for the penultimate race of the season and what a race it was. As always a good race in Brazil and it was George Russell who dominated from start to finish and it all started after his win in the Sprint Race but it's the win on Sunday that will mean the most to the driver from Kings Lynn.
George Russell (Mercedes) got away well and stays first ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) with Max Verstappen (Red Bull) in third. The first real bit of drama happened just six corners in as Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) and Sprint Race pole sitter Kevin Magnussen (Haas) come together and they are both out and the Safety Car is deployed a hugely disappointing day for Magnussen after such a high on Saturday.
After the Safety Car came in it on lap seven it looked like we could have had a second one in quick succession as Verstappen and Hamilton make contact going into the Senna S's as they fight for second place on the restart and Lando Norris (McLaren) and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) make contact as Leclerc goes spinning into the wall and is somehow able to continue. Leclerc is down into 18th and last as Hamilton drops to eighth and Verstappen is 17th after a pitstop.
On lap 12 the stewards decide that it's only right that Norris and Verstappen are given a 5 second time penalty for their respective collisions.
From lap 25-30 some of the top five make a pit stop for fresh tyres but overall not much changes in terms of the oder of those on track.
On lap 45 Hamilton passes Perez for second place. Then just a few laps later on lap 49 Sainz is into second after Perez and Hamilton make a second stop - if Sainz can go to the end then he could be on for a podium but the Red Bull and Mercedes are look much quicker at this stage. Russell stops on lap 50 and keeps first place.
On lap 52 Lando Norris stops on the side of the track and is out of this race making McLaren's day as bad as it could possibly get with a double DNF.
This causes a VSC (Virtual Safety Car) which on lap 55 is changed to a full Safety Car.
After five laps the Safety Car comes in and the racing gets back underway with 11 laps left. Russell leads the restart and Hamilton is in second with Perez in third.
With not long left as the lap counter hits 63/71 Sainz is up onto the final podium position as he passes Perez for third.
The next race is the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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