Formula 1 Sao Paulo Grand Prix Recap November 2021

Round 19 of Formula 1, the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, was truly a fantastic from start to finish. We witnessed an epic comeback from Lewis Hamilton and fantastic battles throughout. Let’s go over the race details that occurred in Sao Paulo, Brazil!

*Starting Grid*

  1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
  2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  3. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari)

As Lap 1 started and the lineup approached Turn 1, instant drama occurred! Lando Norris (McLaren) made an attempt to pass Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) on the right outside approaching Turn 1. Upon doing so, Norris’ Rear Left tire clipped Sainz’ front wing causing a puncture for Norris. Thus, Norris was forced to pit for a fresh new wing and Hard tires in order to go the distance to catch up. Additionally, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) made a brilliant move on Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) approaching Turn 1 and forced him on the outside. This gave Verstappen the lead to charge forward and allowed for his partner Sergio Perez (Red Bull) to continue the race being Red Bull 1 and 2.

On Lap 4, Yuki Tsunoda (Alpha Tauri) had a collision with Lance Stroll (Aston Martin). Attempting to pass on a corner, Tsunoda’s Front Right tire got tangled up within Strolls’ left middle aerodynamic body work after bouncing off of Stroll’s Front Left tire. This tire-to-tire and tire-to-body collision shredded Tsunoda’s front wing completely apart and caused minor damage to his tire, forcing him to pit for a new wing and a fresh set of Hard tires. Due to the bodywork debris from both Tsunoda and Stroll, a yellow safety car was deployed in order to clean up the mess from the accident. This incident caused Tsunoda to receive a 10-secont time penalty.

Lap 10 – Race resumed after the yellow safety car

Lap 11 – Mick Schumacher (Haas) also had a wing-damaging incident when battling against Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo). The damage forced Schumacher to pit in order to remove the front wing being stuck underneath his car, put a new front wing on, and equip a fresh set of Hard tires. Just like Lap 4, a yellow safety car was deployed in order to clean up the mess from the accident.

Lap 14 – Race resumed after the yellow safety car

Laps 18 and 19 – We witnessed an epic battle between Sergio Perez (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes). Hamilton was making his fight back towards the top due to starting 10th on the grid via penalties, and found himself in a back and forth passing battle with Perez. While Perez won the battle on Lap 18, Hamilton won their battle on Lap 19, positioning him right behind Max Verstappen (Red Bull) for 2nd.

Laps 23 through 28 – Teams started to make their first pit stops for Hard tires in order to go the distance for a 1 stop strategy.

On Lap 30, a yellow safety car was authorized in order to clear the track from bodywork debris. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) never pitted from the accident that occurred from Lap 4, so he was driving around with broken aerodynamic pieces. As the race continued from Lap 4 to Lap 30, Stroll’s bodywork and aerodynamic pieces on the left-side started to fly off and come apart. Due to safety and track hazard, the race came to a halt in order to clear the debris.

Lap 31 – Race resumed after the yellow safety car

Laps 36 through 43 – The initial idea of a 1 stop strategy turned into a 2 stop strategy for several teams. Every team had pit at least once by Lap 41, some teams had pitted twice by Lap 43. Interesting perspectives, wouldn’t you say?

Lap 48 gave us a truly fantastic battle between Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes). As Max was defending 1st, Lewis was fighting for 1st. The two battled it out and almost collided at one point, as Max forced Lewis on the outside of the approaching corner of Turn 4. Max forced Lewis so wide, that they both went off the track. Their battle is starting to heat up this race.

By Lap 50, Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) had to retire due to excessive body damage, loss of aerodynamics, and more parts falling off his car. Considering he had to retire due to an incident not of his own fault, is unfortunate.

On Lap 51, Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) also had to retire due to mechanical difficulties.

By Lap 59, the battle between Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) continued just like it previously did on Lap 48. At the same location of their previous battle, Turn 4, Lewis overtook Max via DRS and claimed 1st! Their battle lasted for 11 laps, going back and forth with Lewis attempting to pass and Max defending.

To conclude the race, Lewis Hamilton made an epic comeback to claim first and is closing the gap between him and Max for the world championship.


The results of the Formula 1 Sao Paulo Grand Prix resulted in the following:

  1. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
  2. Max Verstappen – Red Bull
  3. Valtteri Bottal – Mercedes
  4. (Fastest Lap) Sergio Perez – Red Bull – 1:11:010


Here are the Current Standings for Formula 1 Drivers Points:

  1. Max Verstappen – 332.5
  2. Lewis Hamilton – 318.5
  3. Valtteri Bottas – 203
  4. Sergio Perez – 178
  5. Lando Norris – 151
  6. Charles LeClerc – 148
  7. Carlos Sainz – 139.5
  8. Daniel Ricciardo –105
  9. Pierre Gasly – 92
  10. Fernando Alonso – 62
  11. Esteban Ocon – 50
  12. Sebastian Vettel – 42
  13. Lance Stroll – 26
  14. Yuki Tsunoda – 20
  15. George Russell – 16
  16. Kimi Raikkonen – 10
  17. Nicholas Latifi – 7
  18. Antonio Giovinazzi – 1
  19. Mick Schumacher – 0
  20. Robert Kubica – 0
  21. Nikita Mazepin – 0

Here are the Current Standings for Formula 1 Constructors Points:

  1. Mercedes – 521.5
  2. Red Bull – 510.5
  3. Ferrari – 287.5
  4. McLaren – 256
  5. Alpine – 112
  6. AlphaTauri – 112
  7. Aston Martin – 68
  8. Williams – 23
  9. Alfa Romeo – 11
  10. HAAS – 0


The Formula 1 season takes us next to Qatar for Round 20 at the Losail International Circuit in Doha, Qatar! The Qatar Grand Prix will take place from November 19th to November 21st. The Losail International Circuit is a 57 lap race consisting of 16 turns and spans 5.380km (3.342 miles) per lap. No Formula 1 driver currently hold the fastest lap time, as Round 20 is its’ opening F1 debut! Hopefully, we’ll see you there and we can’t wait for Round 20!

If you missed Round 19 details of Formula 1, the Mexico City Grand Prix, click here to read! Formula 1 Mexico City Grand Prix Grand Prix Recap November 2021


Photo Credit for Image Used – Formula 1 Instagram

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *