Max Verstappen won the sprint race in Brazil, further increasing his already enormous lead, while Sergio Pérez did well with third place in the battle with Lewis Hamilton. Lando Norris was unable to hold on to the lead, but he still has the prospect of gaining two places in the drivers’ championship, while the constructors’ eyes are mainly focused on AlphaTauri.
Verstappen took eight points with his victory in the sprint race, bringing his total to 499 points, which means there is a good chance that he will become the first driver ever this weekend to break the magical barrier of 500 points in a season. After a weak start, teammate Sergio Pérez recovered to third place and collected six points. His deficit to Verstappen is now 253 points, but the Mexican was four points ahead of competitor Lewis Hamilton. The difference between them is now 24 points.
Battle for P4 among the drivers
Lando Norris continued his progress with second place and seven points. Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso shared fourth place, but Sainz was the only Spaniard to score a point, leaving Norris just eight points behind Sainz’s fourth place, with Alonso now one point behind his compatriot. Charles Leclerc did reasonably well with a fifth place and is now fourteen points behind his teammate as number seven. It promises to be an exciting battle between the four drivers in the last three Grands Prix.
AlphaTauri faster than Ferrari
Remarkably, AlphaTauri was faster than Ferrari in the sprint race. While Daniel Ricciardo let Carlos Sainz and Oscar Piastri take the cake, Yuki Tsunoda, with his sixth position, secured three important points for AlphaTauri, which with nineteen points distances itself from Alfa Romeo (sixteen points) and Haas ( twelve points). Williams’ seventh place, which has 28 points, is not yet completely out of reach, although Tsunoda and Ricciardo were already dropped in Q1 on Friday and will therefore have to work on a catch-up race on Sunday.
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