Brazilian GP: Russell secures first F1 win on triumphant day for Mercedes – as it happened | Formula One

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Here is the race report.

That’s all from me. Our race report will be coming up imminently. Bye!

Leclerc and Perez are level on 290 points each before next week’s Abu Dhabi grand prix, the final race of the season. Verstappen, of course, is out of sight on 429 points.

Russell is fourth in the drivers’ standings, on 265 points, with Hamilton fifth on 240.

On Verstappen’s decision not to give that place back, Karun Chandhok on Sky says: “I think it’s a bit of a short-sighted decision … he might need Perez’s help next season.”

Verstappen tells Sky Sports F1 that he has told the team why he didn’t give Perez the place back, but that he won’t say in public.

He is asked if it goes back to the Monaco GP: He says he is not prepared to say.

Christian Horner says he thinks the five-second penalty for Verstappen was harsh, because he had edged ahead of Hamilton into turn one.

Verstappen is asked why he didn’t give the place back: “I have my reasons for that. We just discussed that … and I think it was better we finally just sat together and talked about it, and basically just move forward from here … For sure if we go to Abu Dhabi .. and he needs the help I’ll be there … but we cleared everything, why I didn’t do it.”

Sergio Perez is asked about his Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen refusing to give him that place back: “I was told to let him by, that I was going to get back the position …

What is it about? “No idea, no idea, maybe you should ask him about it. Nothing to say really. After all I’ve done for him, it’s a bit disappointing, to be honest.

“I have no idea. I’m really surprised.”

Russell, in another interview with Sky Sports, speaks: “When you look in your mirrors and see Lewis Hamilton, I knew how fast he was driving … I’m just so proud of the whole team.”

How did he do it? “Just believing in myself. Believing in my team. We know when we put everything together we can beat anyone … when you do have Lewis as your teammate it’s difficult to keep on performing because he is just on it every session … I feel so grateful to be his teammate because he’s really, really pushing me.

“I always believed, when the opportunity arrived, we could be there to take it … the three years at Williams were really difficult for me … I knew I had to bide my time, keep on learning, and take the opportunity when it comes … I can’t say I’m speechless because I’m rambling away here.”

That was a really fun race. Russell understandably didn’t relish the safety car coming so late after Lando Norris’s car broke, but in the end, it ultimately meant that he reconfirmed his superiority over his teammate Hamilton, for this weekend at least. We’ll have a race report coming up very shortly …

Wolff continued, on Russell: “So deserving … when you think about how far he has come, from go-karting … hopefully it’s one of many.”

Toto Wolff speaks to Sky Sports F1: “It’s such a good result … they [Hamilton and Russell] are both Alpha drivers … we will manage this as good as we can [in the next seasons].”

Depending on how long Hamilton races on, of course, although that’s an interesting hint that he intends to continue.

Another bit of late drama: In the closing laps Red Bull asked Verstappen to let his teammate, Sergio Perez, through, which would have helped the Mexican in his battle with Leclerc for second place in the drivers’ standings.

Verstappen said: “I told you already last summer, don’t ask that again to me. OK? Are we clear about that? I gave my reasons and I stuck by it.”

Time for the national anthems on the podium … including the first ever rendition of “God Save the King” for a grand-prix winner.

And after all the excitement, the final standings at the Brazilian GP:

1 George Russell Mercedes Leader
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +1.529
3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari +4.051
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari +8.441
5 Fernando Alonso Alpine +9.561
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing +10.056
7 Sergio Perez Red Bull Racing +14.080
8 Esteban Ocon Alpine +18.690
9 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo +22.552
10 Lance Stroll Aston Martin +23.552
11 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin +26.183
12 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo +29.325
13 Mick Schumacher Haas F1 Team +29.899
14 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri +31.867
15 Alexander Albon Williams +36.016
16 Nicholas Latifi Williams +37.038
17 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1L
18 Lando Norris McLaren
19 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team
20 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren

Russell speaks: “What an amazing feeling … a huge thank you to the whole team for making this possible … it’s been an emotional rollercoaster this season, this race … I felt in control, Lewis was super-fast, and when I saw the safety car, I thought, “Oh Jesus, this is going to be a really difficult end.” He put me under so much pressure. But so happy to go away with the victory.

“I’m speechless, on the in-lap, all of these memories sort of come flooding back …

“Starting off with my mum and dad in go-karting, and going through, and you know, all the support I’ve had from the rest of my family, my girlfriend, my trainer, my manager … I can’t thank them enough. Yeah, super proud.”

Hamilton speaks: “Firstly I’ve got to say huge congratulations to George, what an amazing drive he did today … he truly deserves it.

“To my team, so proud of everyone back at the factory. This is huge result, so a big, big thank you.

On the coming together with Verstappen: “What can I say? You know how it is with Max …

“I’ve had one of the best weeks of my life here. Excited to come back here again.”

Russell is in tears. The emotion for him is understandably huge. What an incredible amount of work he’s put in to achieve this … a massively deserved win, and a fantastic performance to do it too, with Hamilton on his tail after the safety car. He had to earn it.

George Russell in disbelief in parc fermé. Photograph: Jared C Tilton/Getty Images

The celebrations among the Mercedes team are riotous, and why not? It’s not been an easy season for them and that’s a cracking one-two result.

Mercedes' British driver George Russell celebrates winning.
Mercedes’ British driver George Russell celebrates winning. Photograph: Nelson Almeida/AFP/Getty Images

I tried my very best … but finally a Kings Lynn driver has won a grand prix,” Martin Brundle remarks, drily. (Clearly he is very pleased for Russell.)

Congratulations to the team,” says Hamilton on the radio. “Thank you so much for your consistent efforts, this is a great result … congratulations to George, I am so happy for him.”

Russell, on the radio, is thrilled: “Come on team! Come on! One-two, unbelievable! This is just the beginning guys, this is just the beginning … so proud of all of you! Whooo!”

George Russell wins the Brazilian grand prix!

Incredible drive. Russell has his first grand prix victory! A one-two for Mercedes!

What a drive by the 24-year-old, holding off Hamilton for a magnificent win.

Lap 71/71: Russell starts the final lap and he’s 1.7secs ahead now! He’s stretching the gap! What a drive this has been …

Hamilton second, Sainz third.

Lap 70/71: The gap is up to 1.6secs for Russell!

Lap 70/71: Russell is still in front and the gap is 1.3secs! Hamilton doesn’t seem to be able to make inroads on the middle sector of the circuit.

Lap 68/71: Russell sounds cool on the radio. Mercedes are saying these two are free to race. Russell’s got a seven-times world champion and three-times Brazilian GP winner up his backside. Can Russell hold on?!

Lap 68/71: All the while, George Russell edges closer to a grand prix win … he is 1.1sec ahead of his teammate Hamilton.

Lap 67/71: Verstappen flies down the inside on his teammate Perez and is up to sixth!

Lap 65/71: Alonso is on an impressive charge for Alpine and is up to fifth …

Lap 65/71: The current top five:

Hamilton +1.350
Sainz +4.3
Leclerc +6.5
Alonso +8

Verstappen is up to seventh.

Lap 64/71: Leclerc now passes Perez! Mercedes are one and two, Ferrari are now three and four …

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