Sports writing, Nov 13 (EFE) .- The Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) won the sprint race held at the Interlagos circuit and will start first this Sunday in the Brazilian Grand Prix (in Sao Paulo this year), the nineteenth of the 22 that make up the Formula One World Championship.
Bottas won a 24-lap event, ahead of the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), leader of the championship, and the Spanish Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), to complete a route of 103.4 kilometers (just over a third of the race this Sunday, scheduled to 71 laps). Apart from starting in that position from the grid this Sunday, the three added three, two and one points, respectively, in the World Cup.
The seven-time English world champion Lewis Hamilton – who lost five places on the grid for changing the combustion chamber of his Mercedes – and who, disqualified from Friday’s qualifying for a technical infraction related to the DRS (aerodynamic grip reduction) system, came out Last, he finished fifth, behind Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull)
Hamilton, now 21 points behind Verstappen, will therefore start from tenth place on the grid this Sunday, in a race that Spaniard Fernando Alonso (Alpine) will face from twelfth place.
The Englishman Lando Norris (McLaren), who turned 22, finished sixth and thanks to the sanction of his compatriot he will start fifth.
From sixth place the Monegasque Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) will do it, ahead of the French Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine), who will start seventh and eighth, respectively.
The quadruple German world champion Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) will start this Sunday from ninth on the grid.