Max Verstappen continued his remarkable 2023 F1 season by securing his 17th victory at the Brazil GP, further solidifying his dominance.
Lando Norris, displaying exceptional form, clinched the second position, marking his fifth podium finish in the last six races. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso, in a thrilling last-lap showdown with Sergio Perez, returned to the podium for the first time since the Dutch GP. In an exhilarating finish, the Aston Martin driver outpaced Perez to the finish line by a mere 0.053 seconds, securing a hard-fought third place.
In the race results:
- Verstappen claimed victory, finishing 8.277 seconds ahead of Norris.
- Alonso's impressive last-lap battle resulted in a thrilling third-place victory.
- Charles Leclerc was out on the formation lap.
Verstappen dominates Brazil GP
The Sao Paulo race was nothing short of dramatic. Charles Leclerc's early exit due to a hydraulics issue on the formation lap set the stage for unexpected turns. Shortly after the race began, a massive crash involving Alex Albon and Kevin Magnussen led to a red flag situation.
Despite the chaos, Max Verstappen displayed unwavering control. With 52 wins to his name, Verstappen now surpasses Alain Prost, securing the fourth position on the all-time list of Formula 1 race winners.
Verstappen emphasized the significance of his starts during the race, stating, "The starts were crucial today; both of them were executed very well. After that, the focus shifted to tire management throughout the race. We had good performance on all tire compounds, but I believe that the middle stint allowed us to establish a noteworthy gap, which was a strong point for us."
Lando Norris delivered yet another remarkable performance, securing the second position, and he also earned an extra point for clocking the fastest lap of the race.
Fernando Alonso found himself in a prolonged battle with Sergio Perez for a substantial portion of the race. Perez ultimately overtook him on Lap 70, but Alonso mounted a fierce attack on the last lap. He managed to pass Perez at Turn 4 and out-dragged him to the finish line, resulting in a thrilling photo finish.
Aston Martin had faced a challenging period, experimenting with upgrades in recent races. However, in Sao Paulo, they reverted to the pre-upgraded car, a decision that paid off well.
Carlos Sainz, the sole Ferrari representative in the race, encountered issues of his own, particularly downshift problems. Nevertheless, he persevered and finished in the sixth position. Pierre Gasly claimed the seventh spot, followed by Lewis Hamilton, Yuki Tsunoda, and Esteban Ocon.
In contrast, Mercedes had a forgettable race at the Brazil GP despite an upswing in performance in recent events. Lewis Hamilton could only manage an eighth-place finish, while George Russell was forced to retire due to a cooling issue. Russell even described the weekend as Mercedes' "slowest" of the year.
Indian Supercross Racing League Set for Media Launch and Logo Unveiling
Get ready to witness the ultimate battle of speed and skill...
Formula 2 Sprint Race in Monaco: Jehan Daruvala finishes second
The Indian driver describes his Monaco Sprint Race performan...
Extend the life of your car’s brakes with effective tips
As you are already aware, brakes are a crucial aspect of con...