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Brazil GP: Russell palms Mercedes first win of 2022 | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Russell led a 1-2 end for Mercedes, with Sainz finishing the rostrum.

George Russell scored his first-ever System 1 victory after heading off Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton on the Sao Paulo GP. With this, Mercedes have additionally picked up a long-awaited first win this season.

Becoming a member of the Mercedes duo on the rostrum was Carlos Sainz, as Ferrari completed third and fourth within the action-packed race.

  1. Russell wins, 1.529 secs forward of Hamilton
  2. Ricciardo handed three-place grid drop for Abu Dhabi

Russell takes maiden F1 victory

Russell began forward of the pack after profitable the dash race. He held on to that lead after a superb getaway at the beginning, however the Security Automotive was quickly introduced out as Daniel Ricciardo tapped Kevin Magnussen right into a spin, ending each drivers’ races early on. Because of this, Ricciardo has been handed a three-place grid drop for the Abu Dhabi GP, which might be his ultimate race with McLaren.

Lap 7 noticed two large incidents as Max Verstappen and Hamilton made contact, whereas Lando Norris despatched Charles Leclerc into the obstacles. Verstappen and Norris got five-second penalties for the incidents.

Whereas Verstappen needed to pit for a brand new entrance wing – Purple Bull pulled off the pit cease in a swift 10 seconds – Hamilton carried on with minimal injury and had quickly climbed as much as the third place, behind Russell and Sergio Perez. By lap 44, Hamilton had caught as much as Perez and handed him for second place.

Simply as all of the leaders had accomplished their second set of pit stops, Lando Norris stopped his McLaren on the exit of Flip 10 after reporting a lack of energy. The Digital Security Automotive was initially deployed, however the Security Automotive was introduced out quickly after as marshals cleared the McLaren.

Russell aced the restart and managed to remain out of DRS distance from Hamilton for the remaining laps. He crossed the road, 1.529 seconds clear, to take his maiden F1 win, practically two years after he was denied the possibility to take action within the 2020 Sakhir GP.

“What a tremendous feeling,” Russell stated. “A extremely powerful race. I felt in management, Lewis was tremendous quick and once I noticed the Security Automotive, I believed, ‘Oh Jesus, that is going to be a extremely troublesome finish’, and he put me below a lot strain – however [I’m] so joyful to return away with the victory.”

Drama within the Purple Bull camp

Perez dropped down within the order as he struggled on medium tyres and shortly discovered himself simply forward of teammate Verstappen, who had labored his approach up from P17. Whereas Verstappen has already wrapped up the championship, Perez is at present battling Leclerc for second place within the general standings. Purple Bull instructed Verstappen that he was clear to move Perez, on the supply that he’d give the place again if he couldn’t overtake Alonso and Leclerc.

Verstappen closed in inside DRS vary of Alonso however was unable to discover a well beyond. On the ultimate lap, Purple Bull instructed him to swap locations with Perez, however the two-time world champion opted to remain put, saying, “I instructed you already, you guys, don’t ask that once more to me – are we clear about that? I gave my causes, and I stand by it.”

Perez ended up ending seventh, forward of Esteban Ocon, who handed Valtteri Bottas within the closing levels. Lance Stroll rounded out the highest 10.

There’s only one extra race left for the 2022 F1 season, with the Abu Dhabi GP finale on November 18-20.

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