F1 race results: George Russell wins Brazilian GP in Mercedes 1-2

George Russell won the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos on Sunday, the 21st round of the Formula 1 World Championship, leading home a Mercedes 1-2 for his maiden F1 victory.

F1 race results: George Russell wins Brazilian GP in Mercedes 1-2
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Russell led for the majority of the race, while his teammate Lewis Hamilton was hit by his old Red Bull nemesis Max Verstappen following a restart, which forced Verstappen to pit for a new nose.

Hamilton dropped to eighth but recovered back to second, finishing ahead of both Ferraris. Verstappen recovered to finish sixth.

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2022 Brazilian Grand Prix results

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Gap Interval Points
1 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes 71     26
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 71 1.529 1.529 18
3 Spain Carlos Sainz Ferrari 71 4.051 2.522 15
4 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 71 8.441 4.390 12
5 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 71 9.561 1.120 10
6 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 71 10.056 0.495 8
7 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 71 14.080 4.024 6
8 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 71 18.690 4.610 4
9 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 71 22.552 3.862 2
10 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 71 23.552 1.000 1
11 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 71 26.183 2.631  
12 China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 71 29.325 3.142  
13 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 71 29.899 0.574  
14 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 71 31.867 1.968  
15 Thailand Alex Albon Williams 71 36.016 4.149  
16 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 71 37.038 1.022  
17 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 70 1 Lap 1 Lap  
  United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 50 21 Laps 20 Laps  
  Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas 0      
  Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 0      
 

How the Brazilian Grand Prix unfolded

Russell held his pole advantage on the run to Turn 1, leading Hamilton and the Red Bulls of Verstappen and Sergio Perez. McLaren’s Lando Norris attacked Perez down the inside at Turn 1 but soon had both Ferraris on his tail. Moments later, Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren tapped Friday’s pole-winner Kevin Magnussen into a spin at Turn 8 and collected Ricciardo, who clattered into the tyrewall.

The race went green on Lap 7, with Russell heading Hamilton, Verstappen, Perez and Norris. Verstappen lunged around the outside of Hamilton at the Senna-S and they collided approaching the apex of Turn 2, causing Verstappen to pit for a new front wing as Hamilton dropped to eighth.

Norris then punted Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc off the track at Ferradura, sending him spinning into the wall and into the pits for a new nose. Verstappen and Leclerc dropped to 17th and 18th respectively, with Verstappen and Norris both receiving 5-second penalties.

Russell extended his lead to 1.5s by Lap 10, as Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz passed Norris for third at Turn 1. Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel was now up to fifth, ahead of the recovering Hamilton – who passed Mick Schumacher (Haas) and Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) in quick succession.

Hamilton passed Vettel at Turn 1 on Lap 14 for fifth, and DRS-ed past Norris for fourth a lap later. Vettel moved past Norris on Lap 17 to claim fifth, while Sainz was forced to pit early due to a visor tear-off getting stuck in his right-rear brake duct, which put Hamilton back into the podium positions.

Russell was almost four seconds clear when Perez stopped on Lap 24, and he rejoined mired in traffic. Russell pitted a lap later, and despite a slower stop, rejoined 3.6s clear and with Vettel between them until he pitted on Lap 27.

Hamilton led at this point, and ran long until pitting on Lap 30, rejoining in fourth behind Russell, whose lead at half distance was up to almost 6s over Perez.

Hamilton quickly caught Perez, as Sainz pitted early to try and undercut the Red Bull. Hamilton passed Perez on track into Turn 1 on Lap 45, but was now 10s behind Russell.

Perez pitted on Lap 48, rejoining 11s behind Sainz, who was elevated to third. Hamilton stopped a lap later, rejoining on softs, behind Sainz but ahead of Perez.

Russell pitted from the lead with 21 laps remaining, taking softs like Hamilton, and rejoined just a second ahead of Sainz.

Norris lost power and ground to a halt on Lap 52, causing a virtual safety car. Sainz opted to pit again, dropping him to fourth but now running on softs, but as marshals couldn’t move Norris’s car, the VSC was upgraded to a full safety car.

At the restart with 12 laps remaining, Russell led Hamilton, Perez and Sainz. Leclerc grabbed fifth from Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) as Sainz attacked Perez for third – almost touching at the exit of the Senna-S.

Russell pulled out of Hamilton’s DRS range and stroked it home for his first F1 win, as Sainz DRS-ed past Perez into Turn 4 for third, and Leclerc did likewise into Turn 1 a lap later.

Fernando Alonso surged up to fifth in the closing stages for Alpine, while Verstappen passed two cars in one go to grab seventh and then picked off Perez for sixth, where he finished despite being asked to give Perez the position back.

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2022 Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix fastest laps

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes 61 1'13.785     210.237
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 63 1'13.942 0.157 0.157 209.791
3 Spain Carlos Sainz Ferrari 65 1'13.953 0.168 0.011 209.760
4 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 62 1'14.164 0.379 0.211 209.163
5 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 64 1'14.195 0.410 0.031 209.076
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 63 1'14.253 0.468 0.058 208.912
7 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 62 1'14.283 0.498 0.030 208.828
8 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 50 1'14.831 1.046 0.548 207.299
9 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 65 1'15.093 1.308 0.262 206.575
10 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 63 1'15.251 1.466 0.158 206.142
11 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 59 1'15.327 1.542 0.076 205.934
12 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 64 1'15.327 1.542 0.000 205.934
13 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 63 1'15.508 1.723 0.181 205.440
14 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 62 1'15.511 1.726 0.003 205.432
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 64 1'15.549 1.764 0.038 205.328
16 Thailand Alex Albon Williams 49 1'15.613 1.828 0.064 205.155
17 China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 64 1'15.802 2.017 0.189 204.643
18 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 48 1'15.855 2.070 0.053 204.500

2022 Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix pitstops

Cla Driver Chassis 1 2 3 4
1 United Kingdom George Russell Mercedes S 24 M 25 S 31    
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes S 29 M 19 S 29    
3 Spain Carlos Sainz Ferrari M 17 S 19 M 17 S 24
4 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari M 7 M 14 S 23 S 28
5 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine M 14 M 21 M 17 S 19
6 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull S 7 M 16 S 32 S 23
7 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull S 23 M 24 M 24    
8 France Esteban Ocon Alpine S 24 M 23 S 27    
9 Finland Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo S 24 M 21 S 26    
10 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin M 30 M 20 S 23    
11 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin S 26 M 20 M 27    
12 China Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo S 16 M 21 S 34    
13 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas M 24 S 22 S 29    
14 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri S 19 M 16 S 22 M 19
15 Thailand Alex Albon Williams H 4 M 21 M 22 M 24
16 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams M 20 H 12 M 20 S 19
17 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri M 20 S 20 S 14 M 16
  United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren S 24 M 21 S 11    
  Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas M 0            
  Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren S 0            
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