Sprint winner George Russell: “Max has gambled” / Formula 1

Sprint winner George Russell: “Max has gambled” / Formula 1


Englishman George Russell (24) won the São Paulo Grand Prix and his first Formula 1 race at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace – thus becoming the winner of the Brazilian GP!

Mercedes driver George Russell wins his first Formula 1 race, winning the Mini GP which defines the starting grid for the Sao Paulo GP. The Briton will therefore be able to start the race from the best position on the grid on Sunday, but primarily statistically what counts is Kevin Magnussen’s best time on Friday.

Russell showed a terrific performance in the race, aggressively attacking Max Verstappen a few times, the world champion had to open his bag of tricks to stay ahead, but George won.

Russell says: “This is an important step for the team. I think we were in the first Sprit of the year, back at Imola, eight and nine or something. Now we will probably be at the front. I can’t even say how proud I am of this team.”

“It will be interesting in the race, but Max is still my favorite. I think our rivals gambled with the choice of tire – medium tires did not seem to be the best choice at this time.”

“We knew we had solid pace, but to be honest, going into the race I thought this would be easy for Max. I thought: when he gets his medium hard tires up to temperature, he’ll run us up and away.”

“I had to think carefully how much risk I was willing to take. I really wanted to win, but with Max it’s nothing, he can hit it hard.”

“I was surprised how it went. But that’s because the soft tires held up well. Max has the advantage on Sunday of having a softer set of Pirelli than us, but this performance definitely gives us a lot of confidence.”

“This is my second best place after Hungary. But when you cross the finish line first, it’s a different feeling. It’s a pity that this is not a Grand Prix!”

What is possible in the Grand Prix for Silver? George Russell says: “I’m expecting a very good performance from Max, as always. But we have two cars in front, which opens up some strategic direction.”

Sprint, Sao Paulo

01. George Russell (GB), Mercedes, 30:11.307 min
02. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +3.995s
03. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +4.492
04. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, +10.494
05. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +11.855
06. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +13.133
07. Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, +25.624
08. Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, +28.768
09. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, +30.218
10. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +34.170
11. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, +39.395
12. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +41.159
13. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +41.763
14. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +42.338
15. Fernando Alonso (E), Alpine, +48.985
16. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, +50.306
17. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +50,700
18. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +51.756
19. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +76.850
outside
Alex Albon (T), Williams, Turners

Championship status (after 20 of 22 races)

the driver
01. Verstappen 421 points
02. Persian 284
03. Leclerc 278
04.Russell 239
05.Hamilton 222
06. Sainz 219
07. Norris 113
08. Okon 82
09. Alonso 71
10. Botta’s 47
11. Vettel 36
12. Ricciardo 35
13. Magnussen 25
14. Gas 23
15. Walking 13
16. Schumacher 12
17. Tsunoda 12
18.zhou 6
19. Albon 4
20. Latifi 2
21. De Vries 2
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Builders Trophy
01. Red Bull Racing 705 points
02. Ferrari 497
03.Mercedes 461
04. Alpine 153
05. McLaren 148
06. Alfa Romeo 54
07. Aston Martin 49
08. Haas 37
09. AlphaTauri 35
10. Williams8