The Sao Paulo Grand Prix was fiery. Multiple crashes in the sprint race Saturday spilled into race day. Daniel Riccardo continued his awful season by running into the back of Kevin Magnusson on Lap one. Then Verstappen and Hamilton touched in turn 1. In a race with lots of movement in the middle of the top 10, it was Fernando Alonso who sparkled. He started with an unlucky crash with a teammate on Saturday but recovered for a galactic fifth-place finish.
George Russell won the Sao Paulo Grand Prix today in Brazil. He started in the pole position after winning the sprint race yesterday. This was the first win of his career in eighty-two starts. In this, his first year with Mercedes Russell had seven podiums on the season before this win. His teammate Lewis Hamilton then finished second on a great day for Mercedes. They picked up their 125th Grand Prix win. Mercedes finally had the pace to keep up with the Red Bulls and the Ferraris this week and this showed on the track. With great results in the penultimate race, Mercedes hopes to carry the momentum to next season.
Red Bull Team Row
Toward the end of the race in Sao Paulo, they replayed a conversation between Max Verstappen and his team. They were asking him to let his teammate Sergio Perez pass him. With Verstappen’s Drivers title locked up, the team was looking to help Perez stay above Charles Leclerc in the point standings. Verstappen made it clear that this type of conversation will not be repeated. Then he refused to move aside. Because of this Perez was unable to maintain his lead with them knotted at 290 points.
Shades of Bottas being asked to make way for Lewis Hamilton. This was hardly the first or last time teammates will be asked to move aside. However, it is usually the supposed number two driver making way for the number one driver not the other way around like today’s incident. This will undoubtedly cause some tension at Red Bull. We will have to see how this plays out for the last race of the season and if Perez is willing to help Max and get out of his way in the future.
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