Russell wins Sprint race in Brazil

2022 Brazilian Grand Prix 2022, Saturday - LAT Images

George Russell and Lewis Hamilton had some serious pace on Saturday taking a win and third respectively for Mercedes AMG Petronas. Due to an engine-change penalty, Carlos Sainz will start his Ferrari further back leaving George and Lewis on the front row for Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

Red Bull split their strategy with Max Verstappen starting on Medium compound tires and Sergio Perez on Softs. Max couldn’t hold George or Carlos off even damaging his front wing when Sainz passed him into turn 1. This left him as fodder for Lewis Hamilton to take the pass and third place. Even tire-corrected, it didn’t look like the Red Bull had the pace to hold off the two Mercedes even if he was on Soft compounds and that bodes very well for the Mercedes duo on Sunday.

Brazil Sprint Results:

PosNameCarGapBest Time
1George RussellMercedes1m14.233s
2Carlos Sainz Jr.Ferrari+3.995s1m14.522s
3Lewis HamiltonMercedes+4.492s1m14.317s
4Max VerstappenRed Bull+10.494s1m14.507s
5Sergio PérezRed Bull+11.855s1m14.699s
6Charles LeclercFerrari+13.133s1m15.236s
7Lando NorrisMcLaren-Mercedes+25.624s1m15.38s
8Kevin MagnussenHaas-Ferrari+28.768s1m15.11s
9Sebastian VettelAston Martin-Mercedes+30.218s1m15.451s
10Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri-Red Bull+34.17s1m15.29s
11Daniel RicciardoMcLaren-Mercedes+39.395s1m15.385s
12Mick SchumacherHaas-Ferrari+41.159s1m15.771s
13Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo-Ferrari+41.763s1m15.765s
14Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo-Ferrari+42.338s1m15.98s
15Fernando AlonsoAlpine-Renault+48.985s1m14.764s
16Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri-Red Bull+50.306s1m16.413s
17Lance StrollAston Martin-Mercedes+50.7s1m15.425s
18Esteban OconAlpine-Renault+51.756s1m16.097s
19Nicholas LatifiWilliams-Mercedes+1m16.85s1m16.525s
Alex AlbonWilliams-Mercedes1m15.998s
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Chris R

Not wanting to deny Kevin and George their excitement and satisfaction at getting their first respective pole and race win – pure talent on display here… But as a 30 years + fan and follower of the sport, there’s something vaguely frustrating about seeing these young talents taking poles and wins that some how feel hollowed out within the the context of this current race weekend format – practice, qualifying, practice, qualifying, etc…