In his column for the Sky Sports website, former F1 pilot Martin Brundle commented on several moments brought by the past São Paulo GP.
This year’s São Paulo GP will certainly not be remembered in the best light at Mercedes.
Although the German team dominated the Brazilian circuit last year, this year they did not even come close to victory.
Lewis Hamilton struggled throughout Sunday’s main race and finally had to settle for eighth place, while his colleague George Russell didn’t even make it to the finish line. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff called his team’s behavior in Brazil unacceptable. The team from Brackley did not receive too much praise from former F1 driver Martin Brundle either.
“Both Mercedes, Hamilton’s and Russell’s, (in Sunday’s main race, editor’s note) continued their weak form from Saturday. Since the race was three times longer (compared to the sprint), it was painful to watch,” wrote the former Jordan or McLaren pilot, who now works as a TV commentator and expert, in his column for Sky Sports.
Great battle between Alonso and Pérez
Brundle, on the other hand, enjoyed watching the fight for third place between Fernando Alonso and Sergio Pérez much more.
“Pérez showed his rediscovered talent as he made some clever maneuvers after starting from a less-than-ideal position to get ahead. Then he caught up to Alonso to fight for the podium,” summed up the Briton.
“I really enjoyed their fight. Alonso chose the track very well to frustrate Pérez, whose car appeared to be much faster. Alonso was 0.053 seconds faster in the end. It was great racing from drivers who are a combined 75 years old and have 630 races under their belt,” added Brundle.