The final touches on the Interlagos race on November 17 did not affect the victory of Red Bull Max Verstappen riders.
Valtteri Bottas had a broken engine and had to give up, Sebastian Vettel collided with teammate Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton also crashed into Alexander Albon. It all happened in the last 20 rounds only. That helps Verstappen reach the finish line without many obstacles. This is the eighth victory in Verstappen’s career, and the third time he stands at the top of this season.
The fact that Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari shot themselves in the foot to help the racers in the mid-range team reached a high position. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) for the first time in his career on podium, when he came second
Hamilton came home three and went up to podium to celebrate, but then was fined another five seconds by the FIA for colliding with Albon. The defending champion got it all wrong and accepted the penalty, dropping to Saturday.
With Hamilton’s penalty, Carlos Sainz (McLaren) ranked third for the first time this season. Former champion Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) and teammate Antonio Giovinazzi won P4 and P5 respectively. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) takes sixth place.
The race starts without any collision, when Verstappen defends the leading position. Vettel broke away badly and was approached by Hamilton. The Ferrari driver tried to steer the opponent’s head, causing Hamilton to drive the car off the track. But, the defending champion still had enough speed to overcome Vettel.
The safety car then appeared, helping Hamilton into the pit to change the soft tire. He returned to the track after Verstappen, Albon and Gasly. The race continued two rounds before the end. Hamilton immediately passed Gasly. At Turn 10, he tried to pass but crashed into Albon and caused the RB15 to spin. Hamilton competes with Gasly to the finish line, with the victory for the French rider.