George Russell claims São Paulo F1 GP from Lewis Hamilton for first win

Indeed, were there any doubts of the pedigree of this young man he claimed victory by holding off no lesser driver than his Mercedes teammate and seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton, with some magnificent pedalling. Russell was immaculate at Interlagos, the promise he has shown in his short career emphatically confirmed with a win that means so much to him and his Mercedes team. With Hamilton having made his way back through the field the pair were one and two, closed up after a late safety car, and Mercedes made it clear they were free to race. The Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff is convinced Russell is a future world champion in waiting and at Interlagos those credentials were on display. To pull this out of the bag was very much against the odds, then, and a testament to Russell and his team sticking at trying to maximise what they could from the car on every occasion this year.

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