Max Verstappen showcased his racing prowess with a commanding performance in the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, securing a historic 17th win in the 2023 season. The race was filled with drama, even before it officially began, as Charles Leclerc suffered hydraulic issues on the formation lap, leading to his early retirement.
When the lights signaled the start, Verstappen executed a flawless launch, claiming the lead. However, a heavy collision between Alex Albon and Kevin Magnussen on the opening lap triggered a red flag situation. Follow your favourite F1 team with attractive F1 betting odds from Nextbet.
Verstappen’s dominance continued after the restart, as he successfully fended off challenges from his competitors, including a spirited pursuit by Lando Norris. Verstappen ultimately cruised to his second victory of the weekend, following his win in Saturday’s Sprint race.
Lando Norris displayed an impressive performance, securing a solid second place in the Grand Prix. Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso engaged in a thrilling battle, successfully holding off Sergio Perez to secure the final spot on the podium.
Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll contributed to his team’s success, finishing in fifth place. Carlos Sainz, the lone Ferrari representative in the race, took sixth place. Pierre Gasly led the Alpine team, finishing in seventh, while Lewis Hamilton faced a challenging day, concluding the race in eighth.
Yuki Tsunoda and Esteban Ocon rounded out the top 10, delivering solid performances in the intense competition. Logan Sargeant just missed out on scoring points, securing the 11th position, and Nico Hulkenberg landed in 12th place, both drivers representing their teams independently.
In a remarkable display of resilience, Daniel Ricciardo and Oscar Piastri, despite suffering damage in the first-corner incident, managed to cross the finish line in 13th and 14th positions, respectively. Their cars were expertly repaired during the red flag period, allowing them to rejoin the race.
The Grand Prix witnessed several retirements, with George Russell forced to pit due to an oil temperature issue. The Alfa Romeo duo of Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu recorded Did Not Finish (DNF) results due to technical problems.
The early collision between Kevin Magnussen and Alex Albon led to their race exits. Additionally, Charles Leclerc’s race took an unfortunate turn with a DNF due to his formation lap incident. Get the latest updates from the world of F1 only on Nextbet Sports.