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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 12: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark driving the (20) Haas F1 VF-22 Ferrari leads the field at the start during the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 12, 2022 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Sao Paulo Grand Prix: Sprint Race Results

George Russell wins in Sao Paulo and will take pole position into tomorrow's race

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George Russell takes sprint victory ahead of Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton in Sao Paulo.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 11: Kevin Magnussen of Denmark driving the (20) Haas F1 VF-22 Ferrari runs wide during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 11, 2022 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Kevin Magnussen claimed a shock pole position in qualifying yesterday (Image Credit: Bryn Lennon – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Kevin Magnussen starts the race from pole position. The Dane produced a great lap to go into first before the rain started after George Russell’s off.

The Haas driver beat Max Verstappen by two tenths with the Dutchman suffering a lock-up during his lap.

Naomi Schiff suggested on Sky Sports for the drivers to do the sprint race on the soft tyre.

The former W Series driver said that the medium tyre would be “a safe option”.

Every driver except Max Verstappen went on to the soft tyre. The Dutchman decided to start on the medium tyre.

Lights Out

Kevin Magnussen had a great start from the front as the Dane pulled away from Max Verstappen at the start. The Dutchman was put under pressure from George Russell but stayed ahead.

Elsewhere, Fernando Alonso was squeezed out wide by his teammate Esteban Ocon, breaking the Spaniard’s front wing. This resulted in Alonso pitting for a new wing on lap two.

It took Verstappen until lap three to overtake Kevin Magnussen. The Dutchman overtook the Dane into Turn One.

Then George Russell overtook the Haas driver before Turn One with DRS on lap four. Furthermore, Carlos Sainz overtook Magnussen on the same lap into Turn Four.

It got worse for Magnussen as Lewis Hamilton would also overtake him going into Turn One on lap six. Three laps later, Sergio Perez got the better of Magnussen into Turn One.

Alpine, Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon
Fernando Alonso squeezed out by his teammate Esteban Ocon on the opening lap (Image Credit: @F1 on Twitter)


Stroll squeezes Vettel

There had already been an incident with teammates at Alpine. On lap nine, Sebastian Vettel was squeezed onto the grass with the German on the radio saying: “OK”.

The stewards investigated the incident, deciding to give Lance Stroll a 10-second time penalty for his troubles.

The four-time world champion would get the better of his teammate on the next lap going into Turn One. Furthermore, Vettel passed Ocon on the following lap.

Lap 12 saw George Russell almost overtake Max Verstappen, who is struggling with his mediums. However, the Red Bull driver defended hard to maintain the lead of the race.

Alex Albon stopped his Williams car on lap 13, bringing out a yellow flag. However, no safety car or virtual safety car was brought out.

Russell takes the lead

It took up until lap 15 for George Russell to eventually pass Max Verstappen for the lead of the race, going into Turn Four.

Four laps later, Carlos Sainz passed Verstappen for second going into Turn One. However, the two made contact damaging the Dutchman’s front wing.

This resulted in former rival Lewis Hamilton to also overtake the Dutchman a lap later. However, no black and orange flag was shown to the Red Bull driver.

George Russell then comfortably won the sprint race by four seconds ahead of Carlos Sainz and Lewis Hamilton. However, Sainz will start the race from seventh as he took a five-place grid penalty, meaning it will be a Mercedes one-two.

Sao Paulo Grand Prix Sprint Race Results
Sao Paulo Grand Prix Sprint Race Results (Image Credit: @F1 on Twitter)

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