This means that the young Mercedes driver not only takes 8 points, but will also start from Pole at the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, ahead of Carlos Sainz in second and teammate Lewis Hamilton in P3. Russell took 30m 11.307s to finish the 24 laps ahead of everyone else, with Sainz +3.995s and Hamilton +4.492s behind him respectively.
However, Sainz’s 5-place grid penalty after taking his 6th new internal combustion engine this year would see the Mercedes drivers take 1-2. Meanwhile Max Verstappen was one of the only two drivers on the grid to be using medium compound tyres, while others were on softs. This costed the reigning World Champion to drop down to fourth, ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez. After gaining a position each, the Red Bull drivers will occupy the second row.
“It’s crazy to think that both [Mercedes cars will be] starting on the front row. Lewis did a great job coming from P8, so it’s going to be exciting. I’m sure Max is going to be flying tomorrow, coming through the pack, but we are in a luxury position that we can maybe split the strategy and go for the win.”
Take a look at all the point scorers at the 2022 Sao Paulo (Brazil) Grand Prix Sprint –
1. George Russell (Mercedes) 30:11.307
2. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) +3.995s
3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +4.492s
4. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +10.494s
5. Sergio Perez (Red Bull) +11.855s
6. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) +13.133s
7. Lando Norris (McLaren) +25.624s
8. Kevin Magnussen (Haas) +28.768s
After struggling in the qualifying, Charles Leclerc could only improvise enough to take P6 at the main race, ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris. After taking his first ever Pole position in Sprint, Kevin Magnussen slipped down to 8th – taking the final point on offer.
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