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F1: Verstappen wins thrilling Brazilian Grand Prix, Ferrari’s collide

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Max Verstappen has won a thrilling a Brazilian Grand Prix, ahead of the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly while the Ferrari’s of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc retired after contact with each other.

Verstappen retained the lead from pole position but lost out after Lewis Hamilton completed a successful under-cut after the first round of stops, while Kubica was released by his team right in to the path of Verstappen, causing him to slam on the brakes and lose time.

But, undeterred, Verstappen immediately got the position back from Hamilton and managed to control the lead until a safety car was deployed after Valtteri Bottas retired with an engine failure on lap 52.

With the safety car deployed, Verstappen pitted for a fresh set of soft tyres, with Hamilton taking the lead back, opting to stay out, but when the safety car came in Verstappen immediately got the lead back and soared away from the field.

Alex Albon, who took advantage of the safety car, managed to pass Vettel for third, leaving Vettel to fight with Leclerc and the two touched on the back straight, causing both cars to suffer terminal damage.

That incident meant the safety car had to return to the circuit and Hamilton opted to pit, dropping him down to fifth and promoting Albon and Pierre Gasly in to the podium positions.

When the race re-started on lap two laps to go, Hamilton immediately passed the Toro Rosso of Gasly and started to hunt down Albon, but the two came together causing Albon to spin off the track.

The collision allowed Gasly to pass the pair and he managed to just about hold off Hamilton for second as the pair crossed the finish line.

Carlos Sainz Jr had another impressive race, finishing fourth after starting last, ahead of the Alfa Romeo pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi, while Daniel Ricciardo recovered from early contact with Kevin Magnussen to finish seventh.

Lando Norris ended up eighth after an action packed opening few laps, while Sergio Perez and Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top ten.

Kevin Magnussen ended up 11th, ahead of the Williams of George Russell and Haas of Romain Grosjean.

Albon eventually finished 14th after his late contact with Hamilton, while Nico Hulkenberg and Robert Kubica were the last of the classified runners.

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