Verstappen barged his well past Leclerc on the first nook, a lot to the pole-winner’s anger, and was given a 5s penalty however saved his observe place on the entrance within the early phases.
Leclerc handed Verstappen simply earlier than his first pitstop, whereas Perez charged via the sphere after an early pitstop to alter his entrance wing after a first-corner collision.
Perez and Leclerc swapped locations, simply as Verstappen caught them. Verstappen then handed them each to attain his 18th win of the season. Perez took second when Leclerc ran huge, however Leclerc repassed him on the ultimate lap to disclaim a Pink Bull 1-2.
2023 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix outcomes
How the 2023 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix unfolded
Polesitter Leclerc couldn’t maintain on to his benefit on the brief dash to Flip 1, with Verstappen shoving him huge at Flip 1 to seize the lead. Moments later, Fernando Alonso (Aston Martin) and Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz each spun. Perez wanted a brand new entrance wing on his Pink Bull, as did Alonso after being nerfed within the run-off by Valtteri Bottas (whose Alfa Romeo had been pushed from behind by Perez). Sainz dropped to 17th.
Russell ran third, forward of Pierre Gasly (Alpine) and Alex Albon (Williams). Logan Sargeant (Williams) handed Kevin Magnussen (Haas) for sixth on the Strip on the opening lap, simply earlier than a digital security automobile to choose up particles.
The race went inexperienced once more on lap three, with Verstappen working 1.8s forward of Leclerc, however solely till Flip 12 when Norris crashed out, simply lacking his McLaren team-mate Oscar Piastri, as his left-rear wheel appeared to fail. That induced a security automobile interval, throughout which Sainz and Lance Stroll (Aston) took a ‘free’ pitstop for onerous tyres.
The race resumed on lap seven, with Verstappen getting the soar on Leclerc – who complained that he overslowed his Pink Bull earlier than leaping on the fuel – forward of Russell, Gasly and the Williams duo. Verstappen was then handed a 5s penalty for forcing Leclerc off the observe.
Alpine’s Esteban Ocon snatched seventh from Magnussen, and Piastri adopted go well with after swapping eighth on lap 11. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who like Piastri was on onerous tyres, then handed Magnussen for ninth. Ocon, Piastri and Hamilton surged previous Sargeant on lap 15.
Leclerc acquired into Verstappen’s DRS vary simply earlier than one-third distance, and Russell was the primary frontrunner to pit on lap 16.
Leclerc DRS-ed previous Verstappen into Flip 14 on lap 17, earlier than Verstappen made his first cease and took his 5s penalty. Leclerc ran lengthy on his medium tyres, as Perez – who’d been on contemporary onerous tyres since his early cease – handed Ocon for second.
Verstappen dropped to ninth, behind Russell. Hamilton and Piastri clashed wheels, sending each to the pits on account of punctures.
Leclerc stopped on lap 22, selling Perez to the lead and Stroll into second. Sainz and Alonso have been subsequent up, forward of Russell and Verstappen.
Russell DRS-ed previous Alonso, as Verstappen did likewise underneath braking at Flip 1. Russell and Verstappen shortly caught Sainz, the pair transferring forward on the Strip at half distance.
Leclerc handed Stroll for second, simply as Verstappen and Russell collided because the Dutchman took fourth, and a second security automobile was required to clear the particles from his entrance wing. Russell was given a 5-second penalty for inflicting the conflict.
Perez, Stroll, Verstappen, Russell, Sainz and Alonso all took second pitstops, with Verstappen not altering his entrance wing and gaining a spot from a delayed Stroll.
The race went inexperienced once more on lap 29, with Leclerc main Perez, Gasly, Piastri, Verstappen, Ocon, Stroll, Albon and Russell. Piastri lunged previous Gasly for third at Flip 5.
Perez overtook Leclerc into Flip 14 with 17 laps to go, as Verstappen handed Gasly for fourth after which picked off Piastri for third. Gasly and Ocon swapped fifth earlier than Ocon made it stick, regardless of the crew telling them to carry place.
Leclerc reclaimed the lead at Flip 14 with a daring lunge on lap 36, simply as Verstappen caught them. Verstappen cruised previous Perez and chased after Leclerc for the win.
Verstappen outbraked Leclerc with 12 laps remaining and pulled away. Leclerc outbraked himself with seven laps to go, handing the runner-up spot to Perez.
Verstappen backed off to try to assist Perez, however Leclerc grabbed second from Perez simply a few corners from the end line.
The penalised Russell completed fourth on the street, forward of Ocon, Stroll and Sainz – however he dropped to eighth as a result of added 5s.
2023 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix quickest laps
|Cla||Nº||Driver||Automotive / Engine||Time||Delay||Km/h|
|2||1||Max Verstappen||Pink Bull/Honda RBPT||1’35.614||0.124||233.476|
|5||11||Sergio Pérez||Pink Bull/Honda RBPT||1’35.939||0.449||232.685|
|6||55||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari||1’35.984||0.494||232.576|
|8||14||Fernando Alonso||Aston Martin/Mercedes||1’36.559||1.069||231.191|
|9||18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin/Mercedes||1’36.584||1.094||231.131|
|12||3||Daniel Ricciardo||AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT||1’37.108||1.618||229.884|
|14||24||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1’37.375||1.885||229.253|
|16||77||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo/Ferrari||1’37.562||2.072||228.814|
|18||22||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri/Honda RBPT||1’37.587||2.097||228.755|