F1 driver under fire for 'naughty' act during chaotic Brazil sprint

Seen here, Lance Stroll's car almost collides with that of Aston Martin teammate Sebastian Vettel.
Lance Stroll was called out over a contentious move on his Aston Martin teammate Sebastian Vettel during the sprint race at the Brazilian GP. Pic: F1/Getty

Aston Martin's Lance Stroll has been called out by Formula One fans after a contentious move on Aston Martin teammate Sebastian Vettel , during Sunday's sprint race at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

George Russell gave Mercedes a first win of the season in the Sao Paulo sprint, with seven-time world champion teammate Lewis Hamilton joining him on the front row for Monday morning's (AEDT) Brazilian GP.

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The 100km race set the grid for the main event at Interlagos but also carried important points for some of the top eight finishers, with Brazil the penultimate grand prix of the season

It turned out to be a 24-lap thriller - many describing it as the best sprint race to date - with the Brazilian crowd treated to wheel-to-wheel racing, overtakes and clashes between teammates.

One such clash saw Aston Martin's Stroll run his four-time world champion teammate Alonso off the road after the pair came out of the Senna esses.

Stroll clearly didn't see Vettel coming up on outside as he veered wide, forcing the German onto the grass and collecting a 10-second time penalty for his troubles.

Commentator Martin Brundle was quick to condemn Stroll over the incident, although Vettel kept his cool after simply saying "OK" on team radio after narrowly averting disaster.

"That was naughty driving there from Lance Stroll. That was too much. Way too much," Brundle said.

Canada's Stroll eventually finished a disappointing 17th in the sprint race, with Vettel faring much better after crossing in ninth.

Russell started the sprint race in third and powered past world champion Max Verstappen's Red Bull on lap 15 after several failed earlier attempts, before taking his first chequered flag.

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It was the Briton's first victory in Formula One - even if he is still waiting for a full one - with the 24-year-old nevertheless thrilled with the result.

"They all count," he said. "It was definitely a sweet feeling to cross that line in first position... it's so great to see the progress we're making as a team.

"It's such a morale booster going into the winter regardless of the outcome tomorrow. This is a huge result for us."

Seen here, Mercedes driver George Russell celebrates after winning the sprint race at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Mercedes driver George Russell celebrates after winning the sprint race at the Brazilian Grand Prix. Pic: Getty

Ferrari's Carlos Sainz finished second at the chequered flag but the Spaniard will be replaced by Hamilton on the front row of Sunday's grid due to a penalty for exceeding his season's engine allocation.

Verstappen, who lined up on the front row at Interlagos alongside first time pole-sitter Kevin Magnussen's Haas, finished fourth but will also move up a place for Sunday's race in São Paulo.

He complained of running over debris and made contact with Sainz's Ferrari as the Spaniard overtook aggressively with five laps remaining. Hamilton, who started eighth, also went past the 25-year-old Dutchman.

Verstappen was the only front-runner to start on the medium tyres, with Russell on softs, and that seemed a mistake by a driver who has won a record 14 grands prix this season and both previous sprints.

"At the time I felt alright, it somehow didn't work but even on a soft I think I was going to be too slow," Verstappen said. "Really, we just had way too much (tyre) degradation here today.

"I'm not sure if we can do a lot for tomorrow, but it can't be worse than today."

Red Bull and Verstappen have already won both championships and are now chasing records, with the team on a run of nine wins in a row.

Mexican Sergio Perez, Verstappen's team mate, finished fifth with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc sixth and McLaren's Lando Norris seventh. Australia's Daniel Ricciardo was 11th in his McLaren.

Magnussen, who secured an astonishing pole in Friday's qualifying, took a point for Haas in eighth after being passed by Verstappen on lap three and dropping steadily down the order.

Alpine teammates Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon also clashed early on, with the Spaniard finishing 15th after being forced wide and needing a new front wing as the Frenchman came in 18th position.

with AAP

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