The Mercedes double, the good race for Ferrari but also Alonso’s comeback and the complicated Sunday for Red Bull and McLaren, find the tops and flops of the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Mercedes, back to the past
The German firm was waiting for it. George Russell therefore won his first career success at 24, but above all Mercedes’ first this season. An almost perfect weekend for the ex-Williams driver after his success in the sprint race on Saturday. The icing on the cake is Lewis Hamilton’s second place after a lively race as he was hit by Verstappen on lap 7. Starting eighth, he still offered a double to the Silver Arrows. The first since Imola in 2020. An eternity.
Very solid Ferrari
Sunday of very good invoice for the Scuderia. Carlos Sainz takes a well-deserved podium with his third place which completes the second in the sprint race. The Spaniard was very comfortable at Interlagos and despite a five-place grid penalty he scores big points. Same story for Charles Leclerc. Fifth on the grid, the Monegasque dreamed of a podium but this dream evaporated when Norris harpooned him on lap 7. Starting back at the bottom of the classification, Leclerc did not give up and took advantage of the last car of safety to finish strong. Fourth at the finish, a nice comeback for number 16.
Alonso, the lift of the day
He started 18th and finished fifth. What to say ? Cheer. Fernando Alonso delivered an exceptional race and took advantage of the second safety car to make his last pit stop when he was fifth. Coming out ninth, he dropped Ocon, Bottas, Vettel and Perez to take a good fifth place. With McLaren’s double retirement (see below), this allows Alpine to take the lead on the British team for fourth place among the constructors. Before the final round in Abu Dhabi, Alpine is 19 units ahead of McLaren.
Red Bull drinks the cup
The champions have passed by. In difficulty already on Saturday with Verstappen’s fourth place and Perez’s fifth in the sprint, the situation did not really change on Sunday. Yet third, the Batavian condemned his race from the 7th lap. His collision with Hamilton, which left him no place, earned him a broken wing and a five-second penalty. Pushed back to the bottom of the standings and forced to make three stops, he finished sixth ahead of a dying Sergio Perez at the end of the race. Yet in the chase for the podium until lap 50, the Mexican exploded after the safety car provoked by Norris. With mediums, he was overtaken by the Ferraris, Alonso and Verstappen. A weekend to forget for the Austrian firm which therefore stops at nine successes in a row.
McLaren loses big
Black weekend for McLaren. Engaged in the fight for fourth place among manufacturers with Alpine, the British brand lost everything in Brazil. Ricciardo was forced to retire after his collision with Magnussen on the first lap. For his part, Lando Norris, well placed to score points, retired on lap 53 following a mechanical problem. It is expensive since now McLaren is 19 points behind Alpine and there is only one race left…
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