Verstappen won the start in Brazil, Norris and Alonso on the podium

Verstappen won the start in Brazil, Norris and Alonso on the podium
Verstappen won the start in Brazil, Norris and Alonso on the podium
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Max Verstappen won the race in Brazil. The Red Bull driver started from pole position and dominated throughout the race at the Interlagos circuit. Second finished Lando Norris with McLaren, and the last place on the podium was occupied by Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin).

Great conditions greeted F1 drivers and teams ahead of the race in Brazil. The air temperature was 21 degrees Celsius, and that of the asphalt – 46. The probability of precipitation during the event was 0%. All riders chose to start on soft tires, except for Logan Sargent, who opted for medium hards.

The dramas in Brazil started already in the warm-up lap. Charles Leclerc lost control of his car and crashed into the guardrails. The Ferrari driver said on the radio that he had suffered a hydraulic failure. In this way, Leclerc dropped out of the fight even before the actual start of the race

Verstappen had a great drive and retained first place after the red lights went out. Norris also got off to a great start and overtook Stroll and Alonso. Hamilton also handled his Aston Martin rivals to take third place. Further back there was a crash involving Haas’ Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg, as well as Alexander Albon (Williams). Magnussen and Albon hit the fences. Oscar Piastri and Daniel Ricciardo also had damage to their cars.

The incident at the back of the field prompted the safety car, the last to stop the race.

The race in Brazil resumed after nearly half an hour. During the break, the mechanics The two Australians drove off from the pit.

Verstappen retained first place in the second start at the track in Sao Paulo. Norris was second while Alonso passed Hamilton. Stroll fell behind and lost ground to Perez.

Verstappen kept the lead in the first 6-7 laps. The Dutchman was pursued by Norris. The McLaren driver recorded the fastest lap, was around half a second behind and made an unsuccessful attack at turn four. Alonso was third, followed by Hamilton and Russell. The top 10 also included Perez, Stroll, Sainz, Gasly and Ocon.

Verstappen led 15 laps after the start of the race in Brazil. Second and third continued to be Norris and Alonso. Fourth place was taken by Hamilton. Behind the Briton, Perez overtook Russell. The Brit expressed his frustration on the radio. A group formed behind Russell, which included Stroll, Sainz and Gasly. At the same time, Okon entered the pit

A few laps later, Perez overtook Hamilton with DRS. The seven-time world champion pitted and returned on medium hard tyres. A lap later, Russell also made a pit stop. Perez also covered Mercedes’ strategy and dropped back behind Hamilton. At the front, Verstappen led ahead of Norris and Alonso.

Verstappen continued to lead after the end of the 25th of 71 laps in Brazil. Second at 4 sec. Norris was moving. Alonso in turn made a pit stop and got back in front of Perez. The Red Bull driver had to overtake Hamilton again. Sainz also pitted and returned well behind Stroll. The Spaniard nearly collided with Tsunoda.

Verstappen and Norris made their first stops on lap #28. The two returned to first and second positions. Alonso was third, followed by Perez, Stroll, Hamilton, Russell, Sainz, Ocon and Bottas

Verstappen continued to control events as the Sao Paulo Grand Prix halved. Second and third were Norris and Alonso. Fourth place was taken by Peres. Behind the Mexican were Stroll, Hamilton, Russell, Gasly and Bottas. Sainz overtook Hamilton on lap #37.

Verstappen continued to lead after completing 45 of the 71 rounds in Brazil. Behind the Dutchman were Norris, Alonso, Perez, Stroll, Sainz, Hamilton, Gasly, Russell and Tsunoda. Last year’s Interlagos winner made another pit stop on lap 47 as Hamilton complained about his car. Perez and Alonso also stopped for the second time.

20 laps before the final, Verstappen controlled events at the track in Brazil. The Red Bull driver had a lead of more than 7 seconds. in front of the second Norris. Behind the Briton were Perez and Alonso. At the bottom of the top 10, Hamilton was battling with the Alpin drivers.

Verstappen made a second pit stop 15 laps before the final start in Brazil and conceded first place to Norris. Behind the two, Alonso and Perez were fighting for the last place on the podium. The Mexican also recorded the fastest lap. A few laps later Russell pitted for the Mercedes and Norris also made a second stop. So Verstappen regained the lead.

There were no changes at the front of the column until the end of the race in Brazil. Verstappen therefore recorded a 17th success of the 2023 F1 season. Norris and Alonso finished next to him on the podium. The Spaniard lost his position on the penultimate lap to Perez, but regained it with a counterattack and held on to the pressure. In the end, the two were separated by 53 thousand.

Stroll and Sainz finished fifth and sixth. Seventh place went to Gasly. The top 10 in Brazil was completed by Hamilton, Tsunoda and Ocon.

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