New demonstration from the triple world champion. The only hot moment, Max Verstappen managed the second start perfectly after the red flag and then held on against the attacks of Lando Norris but from the 10th lap, the deal was clear. The Dutchman dominated the race quite easily with good tire management. The pole on Friday, the sprint on Saturday and the Grand Prix on Sunday, a new royal weekend for the Batavian who culminates in 17 successes this season.
He asserts himself as the second driver behind the untouchable Verstappen. Sixth on the grid, Lando Norris had a fantastic start. At the first corner he was second. He then tried to attack number 1 without success. Solid throughout the race with fantastic pace, the Briton scored his fifth podium in the last six races.
Special mention to Fernando Alonso. At an incredible pace from start to finish, the Iberian delivered a magnificent race. Solid 3rd for much of the race, the Spaniard fought for the last 20 laps with Sergio Perez to maintain his podium. Passed by the Mexican two laps from the goal, the double world champion regained his position in the last lap to beat Perez on the line by ...53 thousandths. He thus rediscovers the joys of the podium, his first since the Netherlands. Performance also from Lance Stroll, magnificent 5th.
13th on the grid, 7th at the finish, Pierre Gasly was smiling at the finish of the race. The Frenchman had fun driving a super-fast Alpine in a straight line. We saw him drop many cars, especially the Mercedes, to score six good points. The Blues performed well in Brazil since Esteban Ocon, using a three-stop strategy, managed to enter the top 10 and take a point.
Another nightmare Sunday for Charles Leclerc. Second on the grid and with new tires at the start, the Monegasque wanted to shine and in the end, he didn't even start. The reason ? A hydraulic problem during the warm-up lap which caused him to lose control of his car which crashed into the wall. An abandonment that leaves a mark.
Complicated Sunday for the Silver Arrows. Without top speed, George Russell (retirement) and Lewis Hamilton (8th) had a complicated and very long race. They were regularly overtaken by the competition without being able to fight because the Mercedes had absolutely no top speed. Too great a damage to hope for good things in Brazil.