The Brazilian Grand Prix is a fact again. At the Interlagos circuit in the city of Sao Paulo, the victory just went to none other than Max Verstappen. Behind him, Lando Norris crossed the line in second. The third step on the podium was occupied by Fernando Alonso.
Even before the start of the Brazilian Grand Prix there was complete chaos. Charles Leclerc found himself in the tire pile instead of the starting box on the front row. The Monegasque had hydraulic problems that caused him to crash during the warm-up lap.
The race then started without Leclerc. Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton got away well and they followed behind Verstappen. Alexander Albon and Kevin Magnussen hit each other after which they flew hard into the wall. Both dropped out and the race management decided to wave the red flag. The cars of Oscar Piastri and Daniel Ricciardo were also damaged and the red flag was used as a repair opportunity.
Both Australians were allowed to participate in the restart, but they had to start from the pit lane and they were one lap behind. Max Verstappen held the lead and behind him Fernando Alonso was shining. The Spanish Aston Martin driver took Lewis Hamilton for third place. Hamilton then found himself in a difficult situation. His teammate George Russell first did not want to pass him and then he did, and Hamilton was also in a train of which he was the driver.
Russell then fell victim to Hamilton’s poor pace, as he was overtaken by Sergio Perez. A little later, Hamilton himself was also screwed and Perez started chasing Alonso. Hamilton and Russell then started to struggle, not with each other but with the car. The Mercedes car caused a lot of chaos in the cockpit, because the speed disappeared like snow in the sun. Russell then suffered from engine problems after which he retired.
Perez vs. Alonso
The Alfa Romeos had also dropped out, but the focus was mainly on the battle for third place. Perez egged Alonso on, but the Spaniard shrugged his shoulders. Perez kept coming close, but Alonso defended like a killer. Perez’s frustration grew, but with one lap to go he overtook the Aston Martin. Alonso didn’t leave it at that and started the attack himself. He took third place back from Perez, after which it was a race to the line. There was a hair in between, but third place really belonged to the jubilant Alonso.
Interlagos – November 5, 2023