The final sprint race of the 2023 season saw Max Verstappen comfortably win his fourth of the year in Brazil to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ world standings.
The three-time world champion, who starts on pole for tomorrow’s race in São Paulo, came from second on the grid to overtake Lando Norris with the McLaren driver settling for second after being beaten on his inside at the first corner on lap one.
Verstappen’s team mate Sergio Perez secured third, while Mercedes driver George Russell came fourth.
Yuki Tsunoda enjoyed a brilliant race over 24 laps to finish sixth, one spot behind Charles Leclerc, while Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz came seventh and eighth respectively to pick up the final points on offer.
The Sporting News was following the sprint race live below with commentary and highlights.
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CHEQUERED FLAG! A fourth sprint race win of the season for Verstappen! Norris comes second with Perez making up the podium.
Russell goes fourth, then Leclerc, Tsunoda, Hamilton and Sainz rounding out the points.
Lap 23/24: Into the final stages and it all looks pretty settled up top with Verstappen leading Norris and Perez. Alonso and Piastri are locked in a fierce battle for 10th.
Lap 22/24: Ricciardo overtakes Piastri to go ninth.
Lap 20/24: Leclerc has gained a second on Hamilton in fifth and has DRS and he soon overtakes him! Hamilton is struggling as even Tsunoda has a go too but can’t quite find the gap.
Lap 18/24: Stroll is up into 12th after overtaking Gasly. It seems the Alpines are struggling with their tyres.
Lap 15/24: Alonso overtakes Gasly into 11th with a bold overtake but the Frenchman soon has it back. A couple of turns later though and Alonso is back in front!
Lap 14/24: Verstappen still holds a 1.3s lead over Norris. Perez is third followed by the two Mercedes drivers.
Lap 12/24: Ricciardo overtakes Sainz but can’t hold the place for long and he quickly takes control of eighth place again.
Lap 11/24: Track temperature has come down meaning those on soft tyres could struggle in the latter stages of this race. The two Ferraris are currently sixth (Leclerc) and eighth (Sainz) respectively with Tsunoda holding his own between them.
Lap 8/24: Perez and Russell exchange places before swapping back again in a tantalising battle so far.
Lap 7/24: Verstappen still leads comfortably, followed by Norris, Russell, Perez, Hamilton and Leclerc.
Lap 4/24: Perez overtakes Hamilton to move up into fourth and now Leclerc is closing in on the Mercedes driver. Norris has reclaimed second spot after using DRS to get past Russell. Plenty of changes in the opening laps!
Lap 1/24: Verstappen overtakes Norris right from the off, taking the inside line into the first bend! Mercedes are up to third and fourth before Norris slips to third. Not the greatest of starts from the McLaren driver.
2 mins to lights out: The cars are out for their formation lap. Blue skies and sunny weather is the order of the day in Sao Paulo!
5 mins to lights out: This is the 12th sprint race since its inception in 2021 and so far Verstappen has won six of them. He starts second on the grid today… will he be picking up his seventh career sprint race victory in an hour’s time?
20 mins to lights out: Great work by the Alpine team as they confirm Ocon’s car is good to go following the dramatic crash in the sprint shootout.
40 mins to lights out: Remember today’s sprint race doesn’t impact tomorrow’s race with qualifying already taking place yesterday.
Verstappen beat Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc to pole position in a rain-affected qualifying session. If you missed the qualifying action on Friday then time to catch up here.
1 hour to lights out: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the 2023 F1 Brazilian sprint in Sao Paulo.
Lando Norris starts from pole position after claiming top spot in earlier’s sprint shootout session.
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Saturday’s 2023 Brazilian Sprint is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. local time. Lights out will take place just after 6:30 p.m. GMT/2:30 p.m. ET.
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