The Ferrari teammates of Sebastian Vettel and Charles LeClerc collided towards the end of Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix which brought out a late race shootout for the win. Throw in Valtteri Bottas’ first retirement in nine races, and you get three of the top five drivers in the points standings out of the running for the victory.
Max Verstappen passed Lewis Hamilton twice in the race and wound up holding everyone off for the victory in the end. Verstappen, crossed the finish line first in his No. 33 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda en route to his third victory of the season.
It was also Red Bull’s first win in Interlagos during the hybrid era as they went through a time frame that saw them win four times in a five year span between 2009 and 2013. They were shutout though in the previous five years.
Verstappen, ends that as he now has three podiums in his last four Brazilian Grand Prix starts to go along with two straight podiums on the season.
His former teammate Pierre Gasly beat the 2019 series champion Hamilton in a drag race for second as this mark Gasly’s third top 10 finish in his last four starts on the season in his No. 10 Honda. This was Gasly’s first podium of the entire year and just his third top five overall.
Hamilton, will finish third in his No. 44 Mercedes for his fifth podium in his last six Brazil starts. This was just the second time though since 2014 that he didn’t finish either first or second. He also had three top two finishes in his last four starts on the season too.
For Hamilton, he pitted under the final caution for new tires. On the restart, he got into Alex Albon in going for third. Albon, would finish 15th as a result of that incident ending a streak of nine straight top 10 finishes.
Behind the podium was Carlos Sainz Jr. in a McLaren in fourth followed by both Alfa Romero’s with Kimi Raikkonen finishing fifth and Antonio Giovinazzi in sixth.
For Sainz, this was his first career top five in Brazil. His previous best was sixth in 2016. He now has four top eight finishes in his last five starts on the season in his No. 55 McLaren-Renault.
Raikkonen’s top five is his third straight in the South American country and fourth in his last five years.