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Max Verstappen Marches On

Max Verstappen continued his Formula One dominance, clinching his 17th win of the 2023 season in a commanding performance at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix. The three-time champion, who secured this year's title in Qatar, achieved a lights-to-flag victory, extending his record for most race victories in a season to 17 with two races remaining.

Verstappen outpaced McLaren's Lando Norris, securing his sixth second-place finish of the year, while Fernando Alonso exhibited a masterful performance to snatch third from Sergio Perez in the final laps.

Despite a brief challenge from Norris on lap eight, Verstappen swiftly regained control, using the battle as motivation to establish a two-second lead. Managing the race on a two-stop strategy, he secured victory with Norris trailing 8.3 seconds behind at the finish.

Verstappen's triumph marked his 52nd grand prix victory, placing him fourth in the all-time wins list, trailing Sebastian Vettel (53), Michael Schumacher (91), and Lewis Hamilton (103).

Astonishingly, Alonso returned to the podium for the first time since the Dutch Grand Prix, showcasing a remarkable performance at Interlagos. Despite challenges from Perez, Alonso strategically defended his position, delivering a standout performance.

Perez demonstrated improvement after his previous race retirement, finishing just 0.053 seconds behind Alonso. Although missing the podium, the Brazilian Grand Prix represented progress for Perez, finishing 32.2 seconds behind teammate Verstappen.

Charles Leclerc faced early setbacks, spinning off during the formation lap due to a car issue. The race endured a red flag due to an incident involving the Haas drivers and Alex Albon. The subsequent restart saw Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell struggle with excessive tire degradation, with Russell retiring due to rising oil temperatures. Hamilton secured eighth place, earning four points for the team.

Aston Martin's Lance Stroll claimed fifth place, followed by Carlos Sainz in the sole Ferrari and Pierre Gasly's Alpine in seventh. Yuki Tsunoda secured ninth place, adding to his points from the sprint race, with Esteban Ocon in tenth.

As the Formula One season takes a short break, fans anticipate the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix on Nov. 18.

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