Lewis Hamilton is the winner of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix after a masterclass drive, starting from 10th position.
The race went underway and it was a perfect starting sequence for Red Bull Racing as both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez overtook the polesitter Valtteri Bottas. At the same time, Lewis Hamilton gained a couple of positions. Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris had a contact heading into turn 1. The McLaren driver had a puncture and went to the pits.
Yuki Tsunoda and Lance Stroll had a collision in turn 1 later – the AlphaTauri driver lost his front wing and had to pit. The debris forced the race direction to deploy the Safety Car. Hamilton was already 3rd by that time after the team asked Bottas to let his teammate past. Tsunoda was later given a 10-second time penalty for causing a collision.
The race was restarted and Verstappen stayed ahead of Perez and Hamilton. Bottas was under pressure from Charles Leclerc in the battle for 4th. Another incident happened at turn 1 – Mick Schumacher damaged his front wing after making a contact with Kimi Raikkonen. The Virtual Safety Car was deployed to remove the debris.
Hamilton stayed behind Perez, trying to get to P2. He overtook the Mexican, but Perez overtook him back. A lap later, Hamilton made another pass and stayed ahead of the Red Bull driver.
Hamilton went to the pits on lap 27 – he got a set of hard tires and rejoined the track behind Daniel Ricciardo. Verstappen had his pit stop a lap later and remained ahead of both Ricciardo and Hamilton. However, the Mercedes driver was much closer to his championship rival. More than that, he was setting fastest laps.
Another Virtual Safety Car was out due to debris coming off Stroll’s car. That allowed Bottas to have a pit stop and overtake Perez.
Verstappen had his second pit stop in order to avoid an undercut from Hamilton. Bottas stopped a lap later. Verstappen followed him on the next lap. Hamilton was the last driver from the top 4 for his second stop and Verstappen stayed ahead.
Hamilton had a significant pace advantage and was about to pass Verstappen for the race lead in turn 4, but both leaders went off the track. The stewards decided not to investigate the incident. While the battle for victory was on, Stroll and Ricciardo retired from the race.
Hamilton had another attack on Verstappen in turn 4 at lap 59 and it was successful. With just a couple of laps left in the race, Perez got soft tires in an attempt to steal a point for the fastest lap. The Mexican did set the fastest lap of the race on the final lap.
Upfront, Hamilton built a big gap from both Verstappen and Bottas to comfortably cruise to victory at Interlagos in an impressive fashion.
The results of Formula 1 Sao Paulo GP:
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||+10.496|
|4||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing||+39.940|
|7||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri||+1 lap|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Alpine||+1 lap|
|9||Fernando Alonso||Alpine||+1 lap|
|10||Lando Norris||McLaren||+1 lap|
|11||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin||+1 lap|
|12||Kimi Raikkonen||Alfa Romeo Racing||+1 lap|
|13||George Russell||Williams||+1 lap|
|14||Antonio Giovinazzi||Alfa Romeo Racing||+1 lap|
|15||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri||+1 lap|
|16||Nicholas Latifi||Williams||+1 lap|
|17||Nikita Mazepin||Haas||+2 laps|
|18||Mick Schumacher||Haas||+2 laps|
|20||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin||DNF|