Max Verstappen cruises to Brazilian GP Sprint Race victory ahead of Lando Norris

Lando Norris and Sergio Perez closed out the top three at the 2023 Brazilian GP Sprint Race

-

Max Verstappen comfortably won the 2023 Brazilian Grand Prix Sprint Race from second on the grid as he overtook Lando Norris for the lead of the event on the opening lap.

After taking the good start the reigning world champion opened up a gap to George Russell, who had also jumped Norris at the start, to control the mini-race with ease.

On Lap 4, Sergio Perez cleared Lewis Hamilton for fourth-place whilst a lap later, Mercedes cars lost another place as Norris reclaimed second back from his British counterpart, Russell.

Perez temporarily shuffled Russell back down the order as he lost fourth to the Mexican but he was too eager in his overtake and the 25-year-old reclaimed the position at the end of the back-straight into Turn 4.

But two laps later, Russell proved unable to hold back the Red Bull for much longer as Perez got the move done into Turn 1 at the second effort before he pushed on in an attempt to close up to the McLaren and his teammate for the battle for the lead.

Ricciardo, known as the honey badger for his aggression, was having a great race battling the Ferraris. He temporarily cleared Carlos Sainz before a mistake a corner later allowed the Spanish driver to slip back through and a scavenging Oscar Piastri used the chance to sneak by his fellow Australian into ninth.

Verstappen‘s race was quite comfortable but he found time to have his latest lovers’ tiff with his race engineer, Gianpiero Lambiase, who told him to push in the high-speed corners and bluntly pointed out that he told him to do that several laps earlier.

Mercedes struggled

Hamilton struggled in the closing stages of the race as he appeared to be battling against rear grip issues with his W14. He lost places to Charles Leclerc, who got through at Turn 4 and Yuki Tsunoda who took the place into Turn 1.

After being told to push more, the Dutchman then extended his lead from 1.7 seconds to close to four seconds to comfortably win the race as he continues to flex his dominance in the sprint formats. Can anybody at all stop him?

Norris came home in second but a distant way behind the leader, whilst Perez managed to secure his first top three in any race since the Italian GP at the start of September.

Russell was fourth, then came Leclerc, Tsunoda, Hamilton and Sainz to close out the points positions.

Brandon Sutton
Brandon Sutton
Brandon is an alumni of an NCTJ and BJTC Liverpool John Moores University course, and has been with Total-Motorsport.com for over a year now. He enjoys covering all forms of motorsport but particularly focuses on Formula 1, and Brandon loves to debate various topics of the sport and other interests, especially if that topic doesn't have an open/shut answer such as the GOAT debate.
- Advertisment -

LATEST NEWS

Liam Lawson prepares for free practice at the 2022 Mexican Grand Prix | Peter Fox/Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Red Bull bosses agree on Liam Lawson F1 prospects in 2025

0
Christian Horner and RB CEO Peter Bayer refused to back Liam Lawson's prospects for a full-time Formula 1 drive...
Carlos Sainz looks on at the 2024 Monaco GP | Ferrari

After Carlos Sainz’s Mercedes denial, why does his future remain an enigma?

0
Ferrari swinging the axe on Carlos Sainz's career in scarlet must have stung, but the Spaniard at least had...
Charles Leclerc dives into the Monaco harbour | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

Where does Charles Leclerc rank 2024 Monaco Grand Prix win?

0
Charles Leclerc is a race winner for the first time in almost two years as the Ferrari ace crushed...
Charles Leclerc celebrates winning the 2024 Monaco GP | Scuderia Ferrari Press Office

What we learned from the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix

0
The 2024 Monaco Grand Prix may not have served up a classic, but it wasn’t short on storylines as...
Sergio Perez talks to his engineer Hugh Bird and team principal Christian Horner in the garage | Mark Thompson / Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

Look away Checo – Horner praises Perez’s F1 rival as star fights for Red...

0
Christian Horner insists Red Bull will make a decision about Sergio Perez's Red Bull future "in the fullness of...
Max Verstappen during 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Winners and Losers of 2024 Monaco GP

0
Charles Leclerc vanquished his Monte Carlo demons to finally take victory at his home race, while Red Bull continued...
Daniel Ricciardo of Visa Cash App RB during the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix | Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

F1 Driver Ratings – Monaco GP 2024

0
Charles Leclerc was in dreamland as the Ferrari driver finally celebrated an elusive victory at home race at the...
Josef Newgarden drinks his milk after winning the 2024 Indy 500 | Penske Entertainment: James Black

2024 Indy 500 Race Results

0
Josef Newgarden joined an elite group of drivers by winning the Indy 500 for the second consecutive year in...
Josef Newgarden celebrates winning the 2024 Indy 500 | Penske Entertainment: Amber Pietz

Newgarden takes sensational Indy 500 win after epic battle for glory

0
The Indianapolis 500 never fails to excite and even a four-hour rain delay couldn't dampen the drama for IndyCar's...
Tom Blomqvist crashes in Lap 1 at the 2024 Indy 500 | Penske Entertainment: Aaron Skillman

2024 Indy 500: Results and Highlights as Newgarden wins

0
Welcome to this Total Motorsport live blog for the 2024 Indy 500, is among the most prestigious motorsport events...
- Advertisment -