“Russell Hustle” was the story of the day as Mercedes driver George Russell stood up to the occasion to secure his first-ever race victory at the 2022 Brazillian Grand Prix. Curious to know how the penultimate race of the season went down? Stay with Supercars.GH until the end to find out.
Thanks to his sprint race victory yesterday, George Russell started the Grand Prix from the front of the grid, with his much more experienced teammate behind. Both Mercedes got away well and developed a decent lead.
Although things looked calm in the first few corners, chaos soon ensued as we got into the middle part of the track. The unlikely but well-deserved pole sitter of this race, Haas driver Kevin Magnussen came together with McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo, wiping them both out in the process. The safety car was brought out as a result of this collision, which paved the path for even more carnage.
The safety car period ended and the race resumed on lap 7, but we were immediately treated to some drama in the first few moments. In what was very reminiscent of last year, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen came together in a crunch. Verstappen came off much worse on this occasion, with massive front-wing damage on top of being slapped with a 5-second time penalty.
A few corners down the track, Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris came together as well. This resulted in Leclerc being spun off into the barriers, but the Ferrari driver managed to get back out on track and limp his way into the pits for some repairs.
After a poor start due to the use of medium compound tires on both cars, Ferrari looked t be on the backfoot at the initial stages of the race. Carlos Sainz starting the race in the middle of the pack due to a grid penalty, and the aforementioned Leclerc collision did not help things either.
However, the Italian team managed to claw their way back with both drivers pulling off some impressive overtakes on the competitors. The P3 – P4 finish they achieved at the end would surely go a long way in the battle with Mercedes for the runner-up position in the World Constructor’s Championship.
At the start of the 2022 season, Mercedes looked surprisingly slow, with the W13 suffering from several development issues. However, with several upgrades throughout the season, the car and team have developed back into the juggernaut we all know them to be.
George Russell was impressive throughout the weekend and was it not for a small mistake, he looked to be on track to claim pole position as well. The young British driver fought tooth and nail with both Verstappen and Hamilton during the sprint and the race to achieve his first-ever race win, which is sure to be followed by many more.
With the penultimate race being one of the most exciting races of the season, who knows what the final race will hold? Join us next weekend for full coverage of the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Until then, check out some of our other automotive content on our website and social media pages.
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