George Russell received his maiden Grand Prix on Sunday after a collision-ridden race in Brazil.
Russell, who received Saturday’s dash race to start out on pole, led from the opening lap, exhibiting why he’s seen as one in all Formula 1’s most fun prospects.
Behind him although, a loopy race was unfolding with crashes from the opening lap, together with a coming collectively between rivals Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, for which Verstappen earned a five-second time penalty.
At the tip of all of the drama, it was a Mercedes one-two with Hamilton ending second behind Russell and Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz third.
With one race left on the 2022 calendar, Russell strikes as much as fourth within the driver’s standings, a spot forward of eight-time world champion and teammate Hamilton.
“What an amazing feeling. A huge thank you to the whole team for making this possible,” Russell mentioned afterwards. “It’s been an emotional rollercoaster this season.
“This race, I felt in management. Lewis was super-fast, and after I noticed the security automotive, I believed: ‘Oh Jesus, this is going to be a really difficult end.’ He put me beneath a lot stress. But so comfortable to go away with the victory.
“I’m speechless, on the in-lap, all of these memories sort of come flooding back, starting off with my mum and dad in go-karting, and going through all the support I’ve had from the rest of my family, my girlfriend, my trainer, my manager. I can’t thank them enough. Yeah, super proud.”
The race started with some dramatic, collision-ridden first few laps on the Autódromo José Carlos Pace.
First, Daniel Ricciardo crashed into the again of Kevin Magnussen, with each drivers dominated out for the remainder of the race on account of the harm suffered.
After the restart following the security automotive, all hell broke free.
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen collided shortly after, each spinning out. Hamilton was in a position to proceed with out pitting whereas Verstappen was compelled to pit earlier than returning to the race close to the again of the pack.
“That was no racing incident mate,” Hamilton may very well be heard saying on his crew radio.
Minutes later, it was introduced that Verstappen had been handed a five-second time penalty for inflicting a collision.
The Dutch driver couldn’t disguise his incredulity when he was instructed of the result of the investigation. “Where did they expect me to go?” he mentioned.
Elsewhere, McLaren driver Lando Norris collided with Charles Leclerc, slamming the Ferrari driver into the boundaries.
Leclerc was compelled to pit to alter his entrance wing, whereas Norris was additionally handed out a five-second penalty for his involvement within the crash.
For Russell, who started the race on pole, he remained unscathed throughout the early laps and managed to keep up his lead for the remainder of the way in which in entrance of the chasing pack.
Even with a late security automotive bunching the pack up, Russell was quicker than his extra skilled teammate Hamilton, racing dwelling for his first ever Grand Prix victory.
The victory on the 2022 season’s penultimate race continues Mercedes’ late 12 months resurgence after a really gradual begin.