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Max Verstappen emerged victorious at the Brazilian Grand Prix in a thrilling F1 race, as it unfolded in real time.


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This is Giles Richards, our contributor:

Max Verstappen claimed victory in the São Paulo Grand Prix, leading the race from start to finish with ease. He faced no challenges in Brazil and added another win to Red Bull’s tally. The second and third place positions were secured by Lando Norris in his McLaren and Fernando Alonso in his Aston Martin respectively.

Mercedes experienced a brief comeback, but it ultimately proved to be misleading as Lewis Hamilton continued to struggle with the car and finished in eighth place. Red Bull’s Sergio Pérez came in fourth, while Lance Stroll from Aston Martin finished fifth.

His report will be available both on this website and on-site in the near future.

During the process:

Alonso thoroughly enjoys the celebrations, proudly displaying his trophy while Norris pops a bottle and Verstappen playfully shakes his, attempting to ignore the fact that this is a regular occurrence.

Max Verstappen and Fernando Alonso celebrate on the podiun.

The podium is graced by the top three and the Dutch anthem is played once more.

  1. Verstappen (Red Bull) 524

  2. Pérez (Red Bull) 258

  3. Hamilton (Mercedes) 226

  4. Alonso (Aston Martin) 198

  5. Norris (McLaren) 195

  6. Sainz Jr (Ferrari) 192)

  7. Leclerc (Ferrari) 170

  8. Russell (Mercedes) 156

Alonso described his two-lap battle with Perez as equivalent to 30 laps. He attributes the team’s recent struggles and dedicates his podium finish to the hardworking individuals in the garage. The car is complex and the team is still adjusting to it, but they are confident that they will improve in the coming year.

“Things went extremely well,” Norris states. He acknowledges that currently, achieving second place is the top achievement – similar to what Roger Black mentioned about competing against Michael Johnson – but he is progressing rapidly.

According to Verstappen, the starts played a crucial role in today’s race and he performed well in both of them. The car performed well on all types of tires, but it excelled in the middle section where they were able to gain a significant lead. However, he had to pay close attention to correcting the steering. He is eagerly anticipating the upcoming race in Vegas, as anyone would be while taking a victory lap.

  1. Verstappen

  2. Norris

  3. Alonso

  4. Pérez

  5. Stroll

  6. Sainz Jr

  7. Gasly

  8. Hamilton

  9. Tsunoda

  10. Ocon

  11. Sargeant

  12. Hulkenberg

  13. Ricciardo

  14. Piastri

    Russell, Bottas, Zhou, Leclerc, Magnussen, and Albon did not finish the race.

Wow, what a finish to the race! I’m surprised that Perez didn’t have enough speed to win, but at the same time, I expected Alonso to find a way to claim the victory.

“Once again, Verstappen’s performance was absolutely flawless,” says Horner. He is absolutely right – that was not a competition.

Lando Norris currently holds the second position, with Alonso and Perez following closely behind. As they approach the straight, Alonso makes a quick maneuver to maintain his lead. In a close finish, Alonso narrowly secures third place. This is beneficial for Hamilton, who is battling with Perez for the second place spot in the overall standings.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands celebrates finishing first.

On the final lap, Alonso makes a move on Perez, who tries to block him but Alonso quickly passes on the opposite side. It’s an exciting finish as they race up the hill together, with Alonso in the lead but Perez still has the advantage of DRS.

On lap 70 out of 71, Perez maneuvers to pass Alonso by going inside, then outside. However, Perez ends up colliding with Alonso, causing a great display of driving. Alonso attempts to come back, but there is not enough room for him to overtake. Unfortunately, this results in heartbreak for Alonso as Perez’s extra power will likely secure his victory.

At lap 69 out of 71, Alonso is closing the distance and is now only slightly behind by half a second. However, Alonso continues to take a good racing line.

Is Perez unlikely to overtake Alonso on lap 68 out of 71? The difference between them is 0.755 seconds, and the experienced driver has performed exceptionally well, earning every bit of his podium finish.

On lap 67 out of 71, Verstappen has extended his lead to nearly 8.5 seconds. He is demonstrating his dominance.

At lap 66 out of 71, Alonso is holding onto his podium position despite everything else being settled in other areas of the race.

On lap 65 out of 71, I believe that Alonso will be able to maintain his lead over Perez. He currently has a 0.772 second advantage and even with the assistance of DRS, the experienced driver is able to stay ahead.

On lap 64 out of 71, Willem Villet writes that Max is having an exceptional season that may never be matched. His balance of calmness and assertiveness is unbeatable.

On lap 63 out of 71, Norris set a new fastest lap, while Perez slowly closed the gap to Alonso by a few tenths, bringing it down to approximately 0.6 seconds.

  1. Verstappen

  2. Norris

  3. Alonso

  4. Perez

  5. Stroll

  6. Sainz

  7. Gasly

  8. Hamilton

  9. Tsunoda

  10. Ocon

  11. Sargeant

  12. Hulkenberg

  13. Ricciardo

  14. Piastri

Lap 62/71 “A masterclass in defensive driving and strategic driving,” says David Croft of Alonso, and it’s so great to watch a wily old pro using his experience to negate mechanical advantage. The gap is 0.890.

On the 61st lap out of 71, Perez activates DRS but Alonso manages to block him once again. His defensive skills are impressive as he seems to anticipate Perez’s every move.

On lap 60 out of 71, Norris makes a pit stop and Verstappen takes back the lead. Alonso is defending his third place position while Perez is trying to overtake him.

Verstappen just recorded the fastest lap on lap 59 out of 71, reducing the gap between him and Norris to 8.255 seconds. However, Russell, who won this race last year, has been instructed to end his race and retire his car. It’s been a disappointing weekend for Mercedes.

On lap 58 out of 71, I mentioned that if a safety car were to come out now, Norris would have a great opportunity to catch up.

On lap 57 out of 71, Verstappen makes a pit stop and will come out still in the lead. He and Nozz will be in first and second place, while Alonso and Perez are still competing for the last spot on the podium.

On the 56th lap out of 71, Perez is currently trailing Alonso by 0.575 seconds. It is highly likely that Perez will pass Alonso at some point before the end of the race. However, Alonso will put in maximum effort and more to maintain his position.

On the 55th lap out of 71, Ocon recorded the fastest lap. Although he is currently in 14th place, I doubt he will be able to close the 13.761 second gap between him and Russell.

Source: theguardian.com