George Russell (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W13. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 21, Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paulo, Brazil,

Russell wins F1 Sao Paulo Grand Prix sprint - as it happened

Last Updated: 12 Nov 2022 - 20:20

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George Russell

"We weren't expecting to have that much pace, but it goes to show all the hard work we are putting in and the progress we as a team have made.

"These last three races since Austin, the car has been feeling great and it is difficult to know how Max would have got on if he had been on the soft tyres.

"Nevertheless, standing here is a great feeling. 

"It is difficult isn't it because this is a Sprint, so you have to manage risk and reward. 

"Even though I was dying to get that victory, I didn't want to risk it too much and have no points starting at the back. 

"We made it stick and third time lucky. 

"It is crazy to think we are both starting on the front row and Lewis did a great job coming from P8 so it is exciting.

"I am sure Max is going to be flying tomorrow coming through the pack, but we are in a luxury position for tomorrow and can maybe split the strategy and go for the win."

The details
Full results
Top 10

Russell, Sainz, Hamilton, Verstappen, Perez, Leclerc, Norris, Magnussen, Vettel and Gasly.

Russell wins the sprint!

A great drive from George Russell!

Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton complete the top three.

Two laps to go

Russell has this in the bag, while Hamilton is 1.3s off Sainz in the battle for second.


Three laps to go.

Lap 21/24

Vettel gets past Gasly into Turn 1 for ninth.

Lap 20/24

Norris overtakes Magnussen into Turn 4 for seventh.


Sainz and Verstappen touch into Turn 1 - giving the reigning champion front wing damage.

Verstappen now drops behind Sainz and Hamilton.

Penalty for Stroll

10-second penalty for Stroll after he pushed Vettel off the track.

The order on Lap 17

Russell, Verstappen, Sainz, Hamilton, Perez, Leclerc, Magnussen, Norris, Gasly and Vettel.

Lap 15/24

Russell leads the sprint!

He overtakes Verstappen into Turn 4. It has been coming.

Lap 13/24

It's happened again! Verstappen defends from Russell into Turn 1 and then Turn 4.

Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB18. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 21, Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paulo, Brazil,
Lap 12/24

Action at the front!

Russell tries to overtake Verstappen around the outside into Turn 1 but the reigning champion keeps the position.

The same happens into Turn 4 as well.

Great pace from the Mercedes driver.

Lap 10/24

Russell is back in DRS range of Verstappen at the front.


Verstappen has finally broken DRS to Russell at the front of the field. 

Lap 9/24

Wow! More teammate action as Vettel is put on the grass by Stroll down the second DRS zone.


Otmar gives his view on the Alpine incidents

"The weaving on the straight, I mean I don’t see him weaving much at all. I think Fernando was a bit too close.

"But looking at it in Turn 4, I think perhaps Esteban could have given him a bit more room."

Lap 8/24

Perez launches an overtake on Norris into Turn 1. Easy.

He's now got Magnussen right ahead of him.

Alonso team radio

"He pushed me in turn four [on the opening lap] and then finally in the straight. Well done.

"I lost the front-wing thanks to our friend."

The order on Lap 7

Verstappen, Russell, Sainz, Hamilton, Magnussen, Norris, Perez, Leclerc, Ocon, Gasly, Stroll, Vettel, Ricciardo, Schumacher, Albon, Tsunoda, Latifi, Zhou, Bottas and Alonso.

Lap 6/24

Hamilton gains another place into Turn 1. Overtaking Magnussen for fifth.