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The 2021 São Paulo Grand Prix Grand Prix (officially the Formula 1 Heineken Grande Prêmio de São Paulo 2021) was the 19th race of the 2021 Formula One Season, held between November 12 and November 14 2021 at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil.


Background[]

Entry List[]

The full entry list for the 2021 São Paulo Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL35M Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
10 France Pierre Gasly Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6L V6t P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull Racing Honda Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6L V6t P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 21 1.6L V6t P
16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team Aston Martin AMR21 Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda AlphaTauri AT02 Honda RA621H 1.6L V6t P
31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine F1 Team Alpine A521 Renault E-Tech 21 1.6L V6t P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing Honda Red Bull RB16B Honda RA621H 1.6L V6t P
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Uralkali Haas F1 Team Haas VF-21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow Ferrari SF21 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams Racing Williams FW43B Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 W12 Mercedes M12 1.6L V6t P
99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Alfa Romeo C41 Ferrari 065/6 1.6L V6t P
Source:[1]

Practice Overview[]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Hamilton topped Q1 with the fastest lap around the Interlagos track, which had some track limit and DRS detection zone changes[2] for this season. Russell was outqualified by his teammate Latifi for this first time this season. Stroll missed out on advancing to Q2 by just 65 ms.

Q2[]

Ocon, Vettel, Tsunoda, and both drivers from Alfa Romeo-Ferrari were knocked out in Q2.

Q3[]

All four leading teams in the Contructors' Championship made it into Q3. Hamilton was the fastest in Q3, followed by Verstappen, Bottas and Pérez. This line-up will make for an exciting Sprint Qualifying race on Saturday, which will settle the final grid for Sunday's Grand Prix.

Post-qualifying, Hamilton was excluded from the qualifying results due to an infringement with the DRS, while Verstappen was fined €50,000 for a parc ferme infringement.

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2021 São Paulo Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 SQ Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 6 1:09.329 3 1:08:499 2 1:08.372 1
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 2 1:09.040 2 1:08.426 3 1:08.469 2
3 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 5 1:09.172 6 1:08.973 4 1:08.483 3
4 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 8 1:09.347 5 1:08.903 5 1:08.777 4
5 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 3 1:09.046 8 1:09.031 6 1:08.826 5
6 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 4 1:09.155 4 1:08:859 7 1:08.960 6
7 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 10 1:09.365 7 1:09.030 8 1:08.980 7
8 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 11 1:09.374 9 1:09.093 9 1:09.039 8
9 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 12 1:09.391 10 1:09.137 10 1:09.113 9
10 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 13 1:09.430 11 1:09.189 10
11 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 14 1:09.451 12 1:09.399 11
12 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 9 1:09.350 13 1:09.483 12
13 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 15 1:09.598 14 1:09.503 13
14 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 7 1:09.342 15 1:10.227 14
15 16 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 16 1:09.663 15
16 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 17 1:09.897 16
17 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 18 1:09.953 17
18 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 19 1:10.329 18
19 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 20 1:10.589 19
107% Time: 1:13.544
EXC* 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 1 1:08.733 1 1:08:068 1 1:07:934 20
Source:[3]
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Hamilton was excluded from qualifying results after a DRS infringement.[4]

Sprint Grid[]

Pos. Pos.
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Netherlands Verstappen
Finland Bottas ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Mexico Pérez
France Gasly ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Spain Sainz
Monaco Leclerc ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 United Kingdom Norris
Australia Ricciardo ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Spain Alonso
France Ocon ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Germany Vettel
Japan Tsunoda ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Finland Räikkönen
Italy Giovinazzi ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Canada Stroll
Canada Latifi ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 United Kingdom Russell
Germany Schumacher ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Russian Automobile Federation Mazepin
United Kingdom Hamilton ______________

Sprint Qualifying[]

Report[]

Bottas got a better start than Verstappen, with the Dutchman running wide off Turn 4 and ceding the position to Sainz. Verstappen then took back the position from Sainz and charged back to Bottas, but the Finn managed to hold him off and win the sprint, thereby setting pole position for the race, with Verstappen in second and Sainz third. After being excluded from qualifying, Hamilton recovered from the back to finish in 5th, but would be starting the race in 10th due to engine penalties. Raikkonen dropped down to 18th ahead of the Haas drivers after being tagged into a spin by his team-mate Giovinazzi.

Results[]

The full results for the 2021 São Paulo Grand Prix Sprint Qualifying are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired SQ Grid Points GP Grid
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 24 29:09.559 2 3 1
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 24 +1.170s 1 2 2
3 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 24 +18.723s 5 1 3
4 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 24 +19.787s 3 4
5 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 24 +20.872s 20 10*
6 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 24 +22.558s 7 5
7 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 24 +25.056s 6 6
8 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 24 +34.158s 4 7
9 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 24 +24.632s 10 8
10 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 24 +24.867s 11 9
11 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 24 +35.869s 8 11
12 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 24 +36.578s 9 12
13 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 24 +41.880s 14 13
14 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 24 +44.037s 15 14
15 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 24 +46.150s 12 15
16 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 24 +46.760s 16 16
17 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 24 +47.739s 17 17
18 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 24 +50.014s 13 PL
19 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 24 +61.680s 18 18
20 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 24 +67.474s 19 19
Source: [5]
  • * Hamilton was given a 5-place grid penalty for taking a new internal combustion engine (ICE).
  • Raikkonen was required to start from the pit lane after being fitted with a new front wing specification.

Race Grid[]

Pos. Pos.
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Finland Bottas
Netherlands Verstappen ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Spain Sainz
Mexico Pérez ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 United Kingdom Norris
Monaco Leclerc ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 France Gasly
France Ocon ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Germany Vettel
United Kingdom Hamilton ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Australia Ricciardo
Spain Alonso ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Italy Giovinazzi
Canada Stroll ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Japan Tsunoda
Canada Latifi ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 United Kingdom Russell
Germany Schumacher ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Russian Automobile Federation Mazepin
Finland Räikkönen ______________

Source: [6]

Race[]

Report[]

Verstappen got ahead of Bottas at the start, while Norris went off at Turn 1 after collecting a puncture from contact with Sainz, limping for one lap back to the pits. Bottas and several drivers went off at Turn 4, surrendering second place to Perez. Hamilton meanwhile, managed to gain up to 7th place at the end of the first lap, passing Vettel for sixth at the start of the next. By the fourth lap, Hamilton was already in fourth behind Bottas, who let his team-mate through at the start of the fifth lap. A while later, the safety car was deployed, due to debris on the first corners as a result from Tsunoda damaging his front wing attempting to overtake Stroll on the inside, the Japanese driver given a 10-second time penalty for the incident.

The race resumed on Lap 10, with both Red Bulls pulling away and Hamilton in pursuit. A VSC was later called after there was debris on the track, this time due to a collision from Schumacher and Raikkonen which resulted a broken front wing for the German. As the VSC ended, Verstappen continued to pull clear, while Hamilton was able to pass Perez on the outside of Turn 1 on Lap 18, but the Mexican retook the position on the back straight with DRS. Hamilton repeated the maneuver on the following lap, and this time made the move stick, but by now was 3.7 seconds behind Verstappen.

Hamilton was the first of the leaders to stop on Lap 26, while Verstappen followed a lap later, but despite Hamilton behind Ricciardo after his stop, he reduced the gap to his rival to 2.6 seconds. A second VSC was called on Lap 30, due to debris shedding from Stroll's car following his incident from Tsunoda. Bottas pitted under VSC conditions, and was able to get ahead of Perez.

With the lead gap fluctuating, Verstappen made his second stop on Lap 40, while Hamilton stopped three laps later, and once again began to close into his rival. On Lap 48, Hamilton had just got ahead of Verstappen at the back straight when Verstappen braked late, sending both drivers into the run-off at Turn 4. Ten laps later, Hamilton was once again on close range behind Verstappen, but could not quite get past as Verstappen weaved on the back straight. Hamilton finally managed to sail into the lead on the following lap, with Verstappen given a black and white flag for the weaving. Stroll was the first retirement of the race, stopping his car in the garage on Lap 48 after it was too damaged to continue. Ricciardo also retired two laps later.

Hamilton would be left untroubled for the remainder of the race, pulling clear of Verstappen and won by 10 seconds, with his team-mate Bottas in third having reduced the gap to Verstappen but ran out of laps to claim second place. Finishing out of the podium but in the points were Perez (who pitted for the fastest lap), Leclerc, Sainz, Gasly, Ocon, Alonso and Norris.

During the in-lap after the race's conclusion, Hamilton removed his seatbelt, which the stewards later gave him a fine of €5,000 for infringing on a technical regulation.

Results[]

The full results for the 2021 São Paulo Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 71 1:32:22.851 10 25
2 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-Honda 71 +10.496s 2 18
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 71 +13.576s 1 15
4 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Austria Red Bull-Honda 71 +39.940s 4 13FL
5 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Ferrari 71 +49.517s 6 10
6 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Ferrari 71 +51.820s 3 8
7 10 France Pierre Gasly Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 70 +1 lap 7 6
8 31 France Esteban Ocon France Alpine-Renault 70 +1 lap 8 4
9 14 Spain Fernando Alonso France Alpine-Renault 70 +1 lap 12 2
10 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +1 lap 5 1
11 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 70 +1 lap 9
12 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 70 +1 lap 20
13 63 United Kingdom George Russell United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 70 +1 lap 17
14 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 70 +1 lap 13
15 22 Japan Yuki Tsunoda Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 70 +1 lap 15
16 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 70 +1 lap 16
17 9 Russian Automobile Federation Nikita Mazepin United States Haas-Ferrari 69 +2 laps 19
18 47 Germany Mick Schumacher United States Haas-Ferrari 69 +2 laps 18
Ret 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 49 Chassis[7] 11
Ret 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 47 Collision damage 14
Source:[8]

Milestones[]

  • 350th entry for Kimi Räikkönen.
  • 210th entry and start for Sergio Pérez, equaling Gerhard Berger's record.
  • 207th entry and start for Daniel Ricciardo, surpassing Nico Rosberg's record for the most consecutive race starts.
  • 101st race win for Lewis Hamilton.
    • Hamilton's win marked only his second time winning from outside 6th place on the grid. His win at the circuit breaks the previous record held by Giancarlo Fisichella at the 2003 race for winning from the lowest starting position at the circuit.
  • 10th win for a Mercedes-powered car at the circuit.


Standings[]

Hamilton's victory meant that he narrowed the championship gap to Verstappen to 14 points, and with Bottas' sprint victory combined, Mercedes pulled clear from Red Bull by 10 points in the constructors' standings. Ferrari also pulled clear from McLaren in the battle for third in the constructors' standings, following the latter team's poor performance in the race, whilst AlphaTauri and Alpine are tied in points in the constructors' standings.

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Netherlands Max Verstappen 332.5
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 318.5
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas 203
4 Mexico Sergio Pérez 178
5 United Kingdom Lando Norris 151
6 Monaco Charles Leclerc 148
7 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 139.5
8 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 105
9 France Pierre Gasly 92
10 Spain Fernando Alonso 64
11 France Esteban Ocon 48
12 Germany Sebastian Vettel 42
13 Canada Lance Stroll 26
14 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 20
15 United Kingdom George Russell 16
16 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 10
17 Canada Nicholas Latifi 7
18 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 1
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Germany Mercedes 521.5
2 Austria Red Bull-Honda 510.5
3 Italy Ferrari 287.5
4 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 256
5 France Alpine-Renault 112
6 Italy AlphaTauri-Honda 112
7 United Kingdom Aston Martin-Mercedes 68
8 United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 23
9 Switzerland Alfa Romeo-Ferrari 11

Only point-scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[]

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 2021 Brazilian Grand Prix - Entry List.pdf (fia.com)
  2. , FIA DETAILS ON INTERLAGOS TRACK CHANGES, DRS ZONES, FREIGHT DELAY WAIVER & MORE, https://drivetribe.com/p/fia-details-on-interlagos-track-ZxmrkoW1QpCOJtxhCVpmGg?iid=BDtJw2X-SzKZ3aWKT3en6Q%7C, (DriveTribe), accessed on 12 Nov 2021
  3. Formula 1 Heineken Grande Prémio de São Paulo 2021 - Qualifying, https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2021/races/1104/brazil/qualifying.html, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2021), accessed on 12 Nov 2021)
  4. BREAKING NEWS: Hamilton disqualified from Brazil qualifying after DRS infringement, https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.breaking-hamilton-disqualified-from-brazil-qualifying-after-drs-infringement.2YCYCpsnUQMcsUbN33fBB3.html, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2021), accessed on 13 Nov 2021)
  5. Formula 1 Heineken Grande Prémio de São Paulo 2021 - Sprint, https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2021/races/1104/brazil/sprint-results.html, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2021), accessed on 13 Nov 2021
  6. Formula 1 Heineken Grande Prémio de São Paulo 2021 - Starting Grid, https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2021/races/1104/brazil/starting-grid.html, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2021), accessed on 14 Nov 2021)
  7. Chassis crack caused Ricciardo's Brazil GP retirement (motorsport.com)
  8. Formula 1 Heineken Grande Prémio de São Paulo 2021 - Race Result, https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2021/races/1104/brazil/race-result.html, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2021), accessed on 14 Nov 2021)
V T E 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship
Teams Alfa RomeoAlphaTauriAlpineAston MartinFerrariHaasMcLarenMercedesRed BullWilliams
Engines FerrariHondaMercedesRenault
Drivers alphabetically AlonsoBottasGaslyGiovinazziHamiltonKubicaLatifiLeclercMazepinNorrisOconPérezRäikkönenRicciardoRussellSainzSchumacherStrollTsunodaVerstappenVettel
Drivers by number 3 Ricciardo • 4 Norris • 5 Vettel • 6 Latifi • 7 Räikkönen • 9 Mazepin • 10 Gasly • 11 Pérez • 14 Alonso • 16 Leclerc • 18 Stroll • 22 Tsunoda • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 44 Hamilton • 47 Schumacher • 55 Sainz • 63 Russell • 77 Bottas • 88 Kubica • 99 Giovinazzi
Other Drivers AitkenAlbonCalderónde Vriesdi RestaFittipaldiHülkenbergIlottKvyatNissanyVandoorneZhou
Cars Alfa Romeo C41AlphaTauri AT02Alpine A521Aston Martin AMR21Ferrari SF21Haas VF-21McLaren MCL35MMercedes W12Red Bull RB16BWilliams FW43B
Tyres Pirelli
Races BahrainImolaPortugalSpainMonacoAzerbaijanFranceStyriaAustriaBritainHungaryBelgiumNetherlandsItalyRussiaTurkeyUnited StatesMexicoBrazilQatarSaudi ArabiaAbu Dhabi
Cancelled Races ChinaCanadaSingaporeJapanAustralia
Tests Bahrain
See also 2020 Formula One Season2022 Formula One SeasonCategory
V T E Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix / São Paulo Grand Prix
Circuits Interlagos (1972–1977, 1979–1980, 1990–present), Jacarepaguá (1978, 1981–1989)
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Races (Brazilian GP) 197319741975197619771978197919801981198219831984198519861987198819891990199119921993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
Races (São Paulo GP) 20212022
Non-Championship Race 1972
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