This is how we experienced the Brazilian GP and the dramatic fall of Checo Pérez at the end

Follow Checo Pérez’s career in Interlagos, where the Mercedes seem favorites to achieve their first victory

PODIUM GP OF BRAZIL

  1. russell

  2. hamilton

  3. Sainz

VICTORY FOR GEORGE RUSSELL. It is the first for Mercedes and the first for the British driver, who beat Hamilton head to head. Very good win.

LAST ROUND…

Leclerc: “Think about the (sub) championship if things continue like this…”, the Monegasque asking for Sainz’s position, P3.

Verstappen also passes Checo and they ask him to take points from Alonso and Leclerc. But there are few laps left and Leclerc is P4. It seems impossible for him to make it…

Fernando Alonso also passes to Checo. It’s dramatic what happens with Red Bull at the end of the race…

Charles Leclerc passes Checo Pérez. Now the Mexican is P5 and Fernando Alonso attacks the Mexican with a red tire… Verstappen is P7 also with a red tire. 7 laps left.

Carlos Sainz passes Checo Perez. He now has to defend Leclerc’s position. The turn that the Brazilian GP took was incredible…

If Sainz can’t, will there be orders at Ferrari to give Leclerc more points?

Checo Pérez with the hard task of enduring punishment for 10 laps…

RESET: Russell follows P1. Sainz attacks Pérez and also Leclerc worked a miracle comeback and is in P5 also with a red tire.

And now there is a Safety Car. Even better for Sainz. would it be better to stop and go for a set of reds?

Indeed, Sainz pit stop. Checo Perez didn’t stop anymore and it will be one-on-one until the end between Sainz and Checo. Carlos will have the advantage of wearing the red tire, but if he doesn’t pass the Mexican quickly, the advantage will become a disadvantage because that tire lasts less.

Virtual Safety Car: This suits Carlos Sainz very well, it is a free stop for them. Everything seems to smile at the Ferrari 55.

Russell’s fastest lap: 1.13.996. Lando Norris stays on the track… something with the car that failed. This suits Alpine…

Mercedes called Russel and the Briton returned P1 with a red tire. Hamilton is also on a red tire and has just done the fastest lap of the race: 1.14.103

Mercedes calls Hamilton to protect herself from Pérez. Lewis behind Sainz and ahead of Checo. Good again Mercedes with the strategy.

Lap 48: Czech to the pits. They went from medium to medium with 22 laps to go. We’ll see if it’s enough to withstand Sainz’s onslaught in the end with a fresher rim, the same and even a red rim.

Czech: 1.17.0 vs. Sainz: 1.15.8. Clearly RB and Checo think about holding out until the next pit window, and then defending the podium equally.

Lewis Hamilton passes Checo Pérez and now the Mexican is third. The 1-2 of Mercedes is coming…

What will be Red Bull’s plan b with Checo? Let’s do an exercise in imagination: if they went with Plan A, which was to attack the Mercedes, and now it is to defend Sainz’s Ferrari and, let’s assume that Sainz has to go to the pits again, the plan would be to stay on the track until the next window of pits of that Ferrari. Stop together and do one last final sprint. That practically rules it out to attack the Mercedes: Russell already 8 seconds away and Hamilton 1.3 behind Checo.

Carlos Sainz with the fastest lap. Checo and RB maybe for this they go with Plan B. They have to defend themselves against that Ferrari.

RB tells Checo: “Plan B”.

Sainz Pit Stop. He returned P4 on a medium tire. He remains just under half the race. Ferrari would have to go to one last stop with the Spanish.

Bad detention with Fernando Alonso. Bad weekend so far for Alpine who is fighting in the world championship against McLaren -Norris is in P8, Ricciardo is out-.

Russell P1 with 4.6 seconds on Checo Pérez. The British have dominated the Mexican. The Mercedes has shown muscle in Interlagos, that without a doubt. Yesterday they ate Verstappen, and now it doesn’t seem that Checo can attack George, on the contrary, it seems that he will defend himself against Lewis at some point in the race. But we’ll see how the race goes once the cars run out of gas and if the track changes.

Lap 30 of 71: Hamilton back to pits. Goes from reds to mediums. A long stint is coming and there should be another, but will he go with reds for Checo, or with yellows in that last stint? Hard doesn’t seem like an option. There is no track temperature for the hardest rubber.

Hamilton asks if it will rain… the forecasts are that it won’t, but with the weather you never know.

hamilton It goes with a 27-turn red tire. He is clearly slower than Russell and Checo, but by extending the stint he gets closer to a chance of either a single stop, or having a very strong last stint at the end and catching up with both opponents.

Mercedes It shouldn’t keep Hamilton on the track much longer: Checo just did a 1.15.8 lap, against Hamilton’s 1.16.9. This is how Checo is going to escape Lewis and it will be between Russell and Checo.

Verstappen he also went through pits. He paid for his five seconds and they also got stuck on the right rear tire. It is not the Sunday of the champion.

Russell to pits: The Briton returns ahead of Czech. Mercedes reacted well and quickly to the undercut attempt by RB and Checo. Will Hamilton do something different?

Lap 24/71: Checo Pérez to pits. He went from red to medium and returns to track P6, behind Bottas’s Alfa and Norris’s MCL. The Mexican must get rid of them quickly, to attack the Mercedes.

Charles Leclerc pits. The Monegasque reinstates P17 with a soft tire.

Radio Russell: “Let’s go long, let’s go long.” Czech at 2.9 seconds, sew drops the pace of the Red Bull. 1.16.8 for Checo, against 1.16.4 for Russell and 1.16.3 for Hamilton.

Lap 18: Ferrari calls Sainz and they switch to the soft compound. They will look for the undercut on Pérez and Russell. But Ferrari put Sainz into traffic, as he returned P11 to the track. There was a lot of smoke coming out of the brakes of that Ferrari. Perhaps the stop obeys more to a necessity. So the Mercedes are free to attack Checo Pérez for the victory in Brazil.

Sebastian Vettel P5 passing the damaged McLaren of Norris, who had a collision with Leclerc’s Ferrari.

Russel and Checo continue with the same times: 1.16.2 and Sainz in 1.16.6. Hamilton, now without traffic, 1.16.7. Between those four will be the race unless something happens. Verstappen and Leclerc too far behind to be contenders.

Lap 15: Alonso went for a new set of media. A rare strategy from Alpine, this car will have to be followed 14.

Penalty for Verstappen: five seconds (extras at his next pit stop). FIA decides that the incident with Hamilton was his fault. Lewis, for his part, has already passed Vettel and Norris. The Brit is now P4.

Russell goes on 1.16.18 and Checo Pérez on 1.16.14. The Mexican must press the clock to put pressure on that Mercedes. So far very even. And in third, Sainz’s Ferrari: 1.16.4

Lelcerc, from the back, takes the fastest lap from Carlos Sainz. The Ferrari is last; Verstappen’s Red Bull ahead. Hamilton goes P6.

Leclerc’s Ferrari is still on the track, despite crashing head-on into a wall. Somehow the Monegasque got the car out of that area and got back on the track. These F1 are really hard.

Verstappen to pits. Hamilton is still on track P8. Crazy restart of the race in Interlagos.

Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc also hit each other and the Ferrari is out. This opens the possibility for Checo Pérez to close the runner-up, since if he wins, he would take the necessary points from Leclerc.

RESET: Russell maintains first position… Verstappen attacked Hamilton and both drivers collided in the first corner. And it is that Russell stung very late and that allowed the RB to get closer to Hamiton.

Lando Norris had to block in the first corner, after the start, or he hit Checo Pérez -Lando braked as far into the curve as he could to pass the RB, but it was not enough-.

Alexander Albon and Williams take the opportunity to remove the hard compound and send the pilot to the middle.

Safety Car: due to the collision between Kevin Magunssen, poleman of the weekend, and Daniel Ricciardo. The drivers are fine but the damage to the cars and the track is enough to call out the safety car.

THE SAO PAULO GP STARTED: Good start by Russell who keeps the lead. Hamilton follows his partner and Verstappen and Pérez still hold the third and fourth. Leclerc lost the position with Lando Norris and Sainz remains P7.

Pirelli has brought to the Brazilian race its medium range of tires (C2, C3 and C4, from the hardest to the softest). The Italian manufacturer expects a winning strategy of two stops: start with reds and between 18 or 25 pass the middle term until 41 or 49, to finish the distance with another set of yellows.

The alternative is to finish the competition with a red tire, but extend the second stint with yellows until 45 or 52.

They contemplate another couple of strategies, but very conservative and slow: Two stops, either yellow or red, and then spend the rest of the race cruising on the hard tire.

In medium compound: Leclerc, Sainz, Magnussen, Schumacher, Stroll, Alonso, Latifi and Tsunoda (who starts from the pitlane); Albon on hard and the rest will start on soft tyres: Mercedes and RB on the same strategy at the start of the race.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have not won a single race and this looks like a good opportunity, considering the car’s strong pace in Saturday’s Sprint. However, George Russell, his teammate is positioned as a strong contender. The Red Bulls, despite the mid-Saturday they had, cannot be ruled out in the long distance.

Cars in positions. The formation lap will come shortly and then the start of the penultimate date of F1.

Sao Paulo Grand Prixpenultimate date of the season of Formula 1. Checo Perez will start from fourth position after coming back in the Sprint from 10th to 5th and benefit from the punishment of Carlos Sainz (minus five positions).

STARTING GRILL:

  1. russell

  2. hamilton

  3. Verstappen

  4. perez

  5. leclerc

  6. norris

  7. Sainz

  8. magnussen

  9. Vettel

  10. Gasly

  11. ricciardo

  12. Schumacher

  13. zhou

  14. boots

  15. Tsunoda

  16. Stroll

  17. Or with

  18. alonso

  19. latifi

  20. albon

Checo Perez has options to close the battle against charles leclerc for the runner-up Formula 1Red Bull it has never had the champion and runner-up of a single season.

Checo Perez need to get in the José Carlos Pace Autodrome 21 units and the only solution he has is to win the race on Sunday. In case of getting to the top of the Czech podium, he would reach 309 units and with this he would need the Monegasque to finish in eighth position, a difficult scenario due to the performance of the Monegasque on Saturday. For this scenario he would need the Ferrari driver not to get the fastest lap.

The second scenario would be to see Checo Perez winning the race with the fastest lap and that charles leclerc finish in eighth place or worse at the end of the Brazilian competition, the penultimate round of F1.

The third possibility to see Checo securing second place is by winning the race and Leclerc finishing ninth and even if he gets the fastest lap, he would not have enough units to catch up with Checo in the last Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi.

The penultimate Grand Prix of the year, which bears the name of the most populous city in Brazilwill be held in the José Carlos Pace Autodromea track of 4,309 meters and 15 curves -of which 10 to the left- to which on Sunday it is planned to give 71 laps, in the opposite direction to that of clockwise, to complete a route of 308.5 kilometers.

Pirelli has brought to the Brazilian race its medium range of tires (C2, C3 and C4, from the hardest to the softest). The Italian manufacturer expects a winning strategy of two stops: start with reds and between 18 or 25 pass the middle term to 41 or 49, to finish the distance with another set of yellows.

The alternative is to finish the competition with a red tire, but extend the second stint with yellows until 45 or 52.

They contemplate another couple of strategies, but very conservative and slow: Two stops, either yellow or red, and then spend the rest of the race cruising on the hard tire.

This is how we experienced the Brazilian GP and the dramatic fall of Checo Pérez at the end