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Verstappen wins Brazilian GP as Ferraris collide

Verstappen wins Brazilian GP as Ferraris collide Photo: TT
Max Verstappen & Pierre Gasly

Max Verstappen has won the penultimate race of the 2019 Formula One season to move up into third spot on the overall standings.

Red Bull’s Verstappen won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday ahead of Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jnr following a dramatic race.

Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc tangled, with their tyres colliding and ruling each out of the race late on.

World champion Lewis Hamilton crossed the line in third and celebrated on the podium but was later hit with a five-second penalty and demoted to seventh.

Hamilton was penalised for causing a collision with Red Bull’s Alexander Albon who was hunting his maiden podium.

Valtteri Bottas recorded the fastest lap but retired on lap 51 following hydraulics issues.

Verstappen had won pole position and produced a strong race to take the chequered flag and his eighth career victory.

He battled with Hamilton, who assumed the lead twice following pit stops with the Dutchman able to overtake him.

“Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing and all the time with the strategy,” Verstappen said.

“He kept pitting earlier so we had to be really on top of our pit stops.

“Two times we had a good move with him and that all the time brought us into first and from then I could control the race with the tyres I had.

“It’s unbelievable. It was a lot of fun and of course a great race.”

The drama with Ferrari left both Leclerc and Vettel scratching their heads and pointing the finger, but team boss Mattia Binotto said both were responsible.

“I think at the end that both of them have got at least a small or part percentage of responsibility,” Binotto said.

“But I don’t want to judge now and tell my own opinion on the crash in the heat [of the moment].”

Ben somerford
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