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Sao Paulo GP: George Russell claims first F1 Grand Prix win as Lewis Hamilton seals Mercedes one-two

George Russell led a one-two from Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo GP to claim the first Grand Prix victory of his F1 career; the win is also Mercedes’ first of the season; Max Verstappen finishes sixth after colliding with Hamilton in early stages

Last Updated: 13/11/22 8:00pm

George Russell wins his first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix holding off Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win in Sao Paulo.

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George Russell wins his first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix holding off Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win in Sao Paulo.

George Russell wins his first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix holding off Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to win in Sao Paulo.

George Russell led a Mercedes one-two from Lewis Hamilton at the Sao Paulo GP to claim the first Grand Prix win of his Formula 1 career and his team’s first victory of the season.

Russell started from first after claiming the first Sprint victory of his career on Saturday, and never relinquished control of a dramatic contest at Interlagos on Sunday, which featured two Safety Car stoppages.

At the restart from the first Safety Car on lap seven, Hamilton and world champion Max Verstappen collided, with the Red Bull driver sustaining damage that forced him to pit, before he ultimately fought back to finish sixth.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collide at turn two after the race restarted following the first Safety Car.

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Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collide at turn two after the race restarted following the first Safety Car.

Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collide at turn two after the race restarted following the first Safety Car.

Moments after the Hamilton-Verstappen incident, for which the Dutchman was given a five-second penalty, Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc also collided, with the Ferrari driver fighting back from the back of the field to finish fourth.

Carlos Sainz took advantage of those incidents to take third for Ferrari, with Fernando Alonso fifth after a well-time pit stop.

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