Max Verstappen plays when choosing tires. George Russell uses this blunder of the world champion and wins the Formula 1 sprint in Brazil. Mick Schumacher proves his heart as a fighter.
Mercedes driver George Russell won the sprint final in Sao Paulo, and Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen spoiled his hat-trick. The Englishman took the lead from the Dutch Red Bull driver after a fierce battle for several laps and won for the first time in the new format without mandatory pit stops and free tire choices.
Russell also benefited from a poor tire choice by Verstappen and will start the penultimate race of the season from pole position on Sunday. The world champion won the Imola and Spielberg sprints earlier this year.
Russell relegated Carlos Sainz to second for Ferrari, who was penalized five places for an illegal engine change for the Grand Prix. Third in the sprint Lewis Hamilton with a second Mercedes. Verstappen took the fourth place in the 100-kilometer race.
Schumacher is fighting eight positions
Landed after his sensational pole position Mick Schumacher Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen is 8th and earns another point. The German, who was still worried about a new contract, rose from 20th to 12th. Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel entered the top ten in 9th place.
“We’ll try to take a souvenir photo of it and score some points,” Magnussen said of his insane pole position the previous day. “Good luck Kevin, have fun,” race engineer Mark Slade wished him over the team radio.
When the red lights went out, the Dane also had a reason to rejoice. He was able to defend the top position in front of Verstappen at the start. By the third lap, the Dutch Red Bull driver, who was only one of two drivers to start on medium tyres, moved into the lead.
Sprints are supposed to bring more excitement
Schumacher, who, like the majority of the field, had started on the soft rubber, had already dropped back to 15th. Vettel finished only one place in twelfth place and even once pushed his stable rival Lance Stroll hard on the green field.
that Formula 1: introduced the 2021 Sprint to add extra excitement to the Grand Prix weekend. Unlike last year, the winner gets a whopping eight points and no longer just three. In 2023, even six sprint races will take place.
Shaw was right. In Interlagos, Magnussen continued to lag behind. Verstappen stayed on top ahead of Mercedes man Russell, whose crash in the rain the day before only allowed the 30-year-old to take pole. Both fought a gripping battle for the lead. Then on lap 15, Russell von Verstappen took over the lead. Behind them, Verstappen, Sainz and Hamilton battled for chasing position, with Schumacher moving further up the field.
The penultimate race of the season will be held on Sunday (19:00 / RTL and Sky). Verstappen has been the world champion of drivers for a long time. His Red Bull racing team is also already secured the constructors’ title. In the coming week, Formula 1 will make its final stop in Abu Dhabi.
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