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Autosport Podcast: F1 Brazilian Grand Prix review

George Russell led a Mercedes 1-2 to clinch his maiden Formula 1 win and the team’s first victory of the season, capping a turnaround after a nightmare start with an underperforming car.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG, 2nd position, George Russell, Mercedes AMG, 1st position, Riccardo Musconi, Senior Race Engineer, Mercedes, Carlos Sainz, Ferrari, 3rd position, on the podium

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG, 2nd position, George Russell, Mercedes AMG, 1st position, Riccardo Musconi, Senior Race Engineer, Mercedes, Carlos Sainz, Ferrari, 3rd position, on the podium

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But the biggest talking point came from the Red Bull camp, where Max Verstappen ignored team orders to help team-mate Sergio Perez in his fight for runner-up in the drivers’ world championship.

Verstappen, who kept hold of sixth place having been penalised in a clash with Hamilton earlier in the race, made reference to a previous grievance he held with speculation pointing back to Perez’s crash in Monaco GP qualifying.

It led to a shock rift at Red Bull, while team orders and clashes were also flashpoints at both Ferrari and Alpine during the Interlagos weekend.

After fighting back from a crash with Lando Norris, who was penalised and later retired with damage, Charles Leclerc asked Ferrari to swap positions with Carlos Sainz to aid his championship hopes for second but was declined.

It meant Sainz completed the podium ahead of his team-mate, while Fernando Alonso fought back from two clashes with Esteban Ocon in the sprint race to finish a surprise fifth place in the grand prix.

All that, plus a shock pole position for Kevin Magnussen in a wet qualifying and the sprint race action, make it a frantic latest episode of the Autosport podcast.

Host Martyn Lee is joined by Luke Smith, Alex Kalinauckas and Haydn Cobb to analyse how the race was won and the team orders controversy which blew up as the drivers crossed the line.

You can listen to the podcast using the player below, or via all good audio platforms including Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.

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