Max Verstappen wins the 2019 Grand Prix in style, with the Ferraris out after colliding and Lewis Hamilton demoted to seventh place.
The highlight of the Brazilian Grand Prix should be Max Verstappen’s masterclass of a drive to go from pole to flag and take the win. But it probably isn’t.
It isn’t, because behind Verstappen’s drive it ended up a chaotic final few laps as Verstappen won and Gasly took second place, ahead of Hamilton in third. But there was more to it than that.
Hamilton got a five-second penalty, dropping him from third to seventh, after a coming together with Albon on the penultimate lap – denying Albon his first podium – and the Ferraris self-destructed.
Leclerc drove from 14th on the grid after a penalty to battling Vettel for third place with just four laps to go, and took Vettel at the Senna Esses for third.
But Vettel responded by getting alongside Leclerc and started to move across him, with Vettel’s left rear tyre making contact with Leclerc’s right front, the result of which was both Ferraris out of the race with each blaming the other.
When all the mess settled, it was the win for Verstappen and second for Gasly, with Sainz, Raikkonen, Giovanizzi and Ricciardo promoted to third, fourth fifth and sixth as Hamilton moved down to seventh, followed by Norris in the McLaren in eight, Perez in the Racing Point in ninth and Kvyat taking the last points place in tenth.