Dutchman Max Verstappen, from the Red Bull team, won the Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix by beating Frenchman Pierre Gasly and Briton Lewis Hamilton in an exciting race, who ended up giving up his third place to Spanish Carlos Sainz Jr.
Verstappen, who points to future champion ways and stroked the victory last year at the Interlagos circuit but was left without victory after a clash with fellow Frenchman Esteban Ocon, redeemed himself this time after starting from pole position.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Verstappen. “It’s great to win the race. We knew we had speed throughout the weekend so I’m happy to do it this time.
It was the third win of the season for the 22-year-old Dutchman, and it came in dramatic fashion and after he resisted attacks from various rivals.
The German Sebastian Vettel and the Monegasque Charles Le Clerc, teammates at Ferrari, suffered a crash that knocked them out, while Gasly surprised by snatching the second place from Hamilton, six times champion and finally relegated to seventh place.
The Briton had just been crowned two weeks ago at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, falling one title from the German Michael Schumacher’s record of seven, but at Interlagos he could not even settle for climbing to the third drawer of the podium.
After initially celebrating, the Mercedes driver ended up getting off shortly after the end of the race, when he received a five-second penalty after analyzing the incident by the stewards, who estimated that Hamilton “was primarily responsible” for a collision with the Thai Alexander Albon. by Red Bull.
Massive apologies to Albon. The hole was there, but it closed pretty quickly. It was completely my fault… I gave it my all. I drove with my heart and took some risks, ”Hamilton conceded.
The penalty delayed it to the benefit of McLaren’s Sainz Jr., who rallied from last on the grid to fourth after a mechanical problem in qualifying on Saturday.
– A crazy Sunday –
The race turned out to be the most insane, with Vettel and Leclerc even touching each other on lap 66, as the latter tried to overtake the former. The two Ferrari drivers were forced to leave, a circumstance that Gasly took advantage of, as well as the incident between Hamilton and Albon.
For the Frenchman, who signed his first podium, the twentieth and penultimate round of 2019 offered an unexpected result after a difficult season: Gasly jumped from Toro Rosso to Red Bull during the winter, but was relegated again to the subsidiary during the summer for lack of results, while Albon was promoted.
But since his return to the Italian team, the Norman seems to have regained his level. For the other Scuderia, it is the second podium of the season after the one achieved by Russian Daniil Kvyat, third in Germany after another exceptional race.
Sure, I will never forget this. It is such an emotional and special moment… These guys from Toro Rosso have given me a great car, ”celebrated Gasly, who raced with a Honda engine.
Verstappen was leading the race four seconds ahead with six laps to go when Leclerc pestered Vettel and both suffered punctures that forced them to withdraw. “What the hell is he doing?” Vettel yelled over the internal radio.
Finn Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo Racing), Italian Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo Racing), Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), Briton Lando Norris (McLaren), Mexican Sergio Pérez (Racing Point) and Kvyat completed the Top 10 , while the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) ended up leaving due to lack of engine power due to excessive oil consumption. AFP