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Max Verstappen wins seventeenth race of season

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Verstappen managed the race, regardless of a restart following a shunt at Flip 1 on the unique begin that required barrier repairs.

Verstappen fended off an early assault from McLaren’s Lando Norris whereas he was defending his tyres however then pulled nicely clear.

Fernando Alonso drove a superb race to complete third for Aston Martin, heading off Pink Bull’s Sergio Perez to the end line by 0.053s.

2023 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix outcomes

How the 2023 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix unfolded

Polesitter Verstappen led the cost to Flip 1, aided by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc crashing on the warm-up lap attributable to a hydraulic failure so he was alone on the entrance row, to move Norris, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and the slow-starting Aston Martins of Alonso and Lance Stroll.

The security automotive was referred to as virtually instantly to get well the crashed automobiles of Kevin Magnussen (Haas) and Alex Albon (Williams), the latter hitting each Haases on his method to the boundaries. Oscar Piastri’s McLaren was additionally hit by Magnussen’s spinning automotive, whereas Daniel Ricciardo’s AlphaTauri was hit by Albon’s flying left-rear tyre – and each misplaced a lap whereas repairs have been made. A crimson flag was required to restore the boundaries.

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After a 30-minute delay, the race was resumed with a standing begin – Verstappen on pole, forward of Norris, Hamilton, Alonso and Stroll.

Verstappen stored his pole benefit into Flip 1 from Norris, as Alonso handed Hamilton – who had locked-up into Flip 1 – into Descida do Lago to choose up third. George Russell ran fifth within the second Mercedes, forward of Perez, as Stroll fell again to seventh.

Norris attacked Verstappen when DRS was enabled, which prompted Verstappen to cease defending his tyres within the high-speed corners and rapidly pulled 2s out of attain.

Hamilton led a DRS practice of team-mate Russell, Perez, Stroll, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly (Alpine).

Perez handed Russell for fifth at Flip 1 on lap 14, and repelled Russell’s efforts to regain the spot a couple of corners later. Perez then picked off Hamilton 4 laps later on the similar spot to grab fourth.

Hamilton was the primary of the frontrunners to pit on lap 19, swapping to mediums, adopted by Russell a tour later.

Perez stopped on lap 21 however had been undercut by Hamilton and rejoined behind him. Perez attacked once more on lap 23 and swept previous Hamilton at Descida do Lago.

Verstappen was 3.4s clear earlier than he pitted together with Norris on lap 28 and so they rejoined 4.7s aside, Verstappen then extending his benefit after their stops to guide by over 5s on the halfway level.

Russell caught Hamilton, however couldn’t move him, so Sainz swept previous Russell at half distance to choose up seventh. He then DRS-ed overtook Hamilton on lap 37 to take sixth.

Russell fell again to ninth behind Pierre Gasly’s Alpine, which triggered the second spherical of pitstops for extra gentle tyres on lap 46, with Perez then trying to undercut Alonso for third. Alonso reacted and rejoined 3.8s away from Perez.

Verstappen pitted for his remaining cease with 15 laps to go, reeling off the remaining laps to win by 8s from Norris. Alonso drove fantastically to carry Perez at bay for the ultimate spot on the rostrum by simply 0.053s after they traded overtakes within the closing phases.

Stroll suffered a sluggish second cease however held off Sainz for fifth, forward of Gasly and Hamilton. Yuki Tsunoda was ninth for AlphaTauri from Alpine’s Esteban Ocon.

Russell retired with a dozen laps remaining attributable to an imminent energy unit failure.

2023 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix quickest laps

Cla Driver  Automobile / Engine   Time   Delay   Km/h 
4 Lando Norris McLaren/Mercedes 1’12.486   214.005
1 Max Verstappen Pink Bull/Honda RBPT 1’13.422 0.936 211.277
3 Daniel Ricciardo AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 1’13.866 1.380 210.007
18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin/Mercedes 1’14.007 1.521 209.607
11 Sergio Pérez Pink Bull/Honda RBPT 1’14.124 1.638 209.276
31 Esteban Ocon Alpine/Renault 1’14.206 1.720 209.045
22 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT 1’14.231 1.745 208.974
81 Oscar Piastri McLaren/Mercedes 1’14.310 1.824 208.752
55 Carlos Sainz Jr. Ferrari 1’14.406 1.920 208.483
10  14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin/Mercedes 1’14.442 1.956 208.382
11  10 Pierre Gasly Alpine/Renault 1’14.521 2.035 208.161
12  44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’14.739 2.253 207.554
13  63 George Russell Mercedes 1’14.934 2.448 207.014
14  27 Nico Hülkenberg Haas/Ferrari 1’15.036 2.550 206.732
15  77 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1’15.731 3.245 204.835
16  2 Logan Sargeant Williams/Mercedes 1’15.738 3.252 204.816
17  24 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1’16.232 3.746 203.489

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