George wins F1’s final Sprint in Brazil
George takes victory in the final F1 Sprint and will start the Brazilian Grand Prix from pole position.
After yesterday’s wet running, George made good use of a dry final practice session ahead of the F1 Sprint.
Donning the Soft tyres, George lead the session with a 1.14.916 for the first 30 minutes before returning to the pits to switch for some Hard runs.
As the rest of the field began their Soft runs, George was pushed down into P3 where he remained for the rest of FP2, amassing 31 laps of the São Paulo circuit in the hour-long session.
With no sign of rain, George lined up from P3 on a set of Soft tyres. As the lights went out, the Brit began chasing down Max Verstappen ahead of him.
As the Dutchman swept passed poleman Kevin Magnussen, George quickly followed suit, catching Magnussen on the start/finish straight to move into P2.
George closed the gap between himself and Verstappen ahead and by lap 12 of the short 24-lap Sprint, the Brit was jostling with the World Champion as the duo went head-to-head for the lead.
On lap 15, the Brit swept by Verstappen and into the lead to pull a three-second gap from the rest of the pack.
George maintained his position to claim victory in the Sprint and he will start from pole position for tomorrow’s race.
George Russell – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One™ Team Driver
That result just goes to show all the hard work that everybody is putting in and the progress that we have made as a team. The car has been feeling great since we brought our last update to Austin, but I wasn't expecting to have that much pace. Obviously, it's difficult to know how Max would have got on had he been running the Soft tyres - but it's still a great feeling to come out on top. It was a nice battle - in the Sprint, you're always managing the balance of risk and reward, and I didn't want to take too many risks and end up starting at the back - but I also wanted that victory. Lewis did a great job coming from P8 and it's crazy to think we're both starting at the front, it's going to be exciting. I'm sure Max will be flying tomorrow, but we're in the nice position where we can maybe split the strategies and go for the win.