Brazilian GP 2022: Mercedes finally triumphs!
George Russell came on top at an exhilarating Brazilian GP main race in Interlagos on Sunday.
Formula 1 returned to the iconic track of Interlagos for the penultimate round of the 2022 season. Although a wet race was expected the conditions remained dry as drivers went for different strategies for the main race.
George Russell started from the pole with Lewis Hamilton right behind him – the first front-row lock-up for Mercedes in 2022.
Anyways, George Russell managed to keep the lead at the start. The Briton then managed to survive two safety car restarts, keeping his lead as his teammate was pressurized in the race’s final laps.
Starting from the pole position, the 24-year-old made zero mistakes keeping his lead and setting every foot right. Russell ultimately saw the checkered flag claiming his first-ever Grand Prix win winning the Brazilian GP.
This also marked the end of the win drought of Mercedes in 2022.
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On the other hand, his teammate, Lewis Hamilton also had a near-perfect race. The 7-time world champion came into the race with probably the strongest chance of winning a race this season.
He was chasing his teammate George Russell in P1 when a safety car was triggered due to a collision between Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen on the opening lap itself.
Nevertheless, on the first safety car restart, the Briton made contact with Max Verstappen on the outside of turns 1-2. This resulted in Hamilton slipping a few spots while Verstappen had to pit to change the front wing. This ultimately ruled Verstappen out of the race as the Dutchman was further given a 5-seconds time penalty. The FIA stewards found Verstappen guilty of the contact with Hamilton on lap 7 at the restart.
Hamilton slipped to 9th after the collision. Nevertheless, the 3-time Brazilian GP winner came home in P2 securing a 1-2 finish for Mercedes. This was also crucial for the team given their fight with Ferrari in the constructors’ standings.
The team is just 19 points behind Scuderia as they head to the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi.
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