Ferrari disaster as Max wins Brazilian GP

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has won Formula One's Brazilian Grand Prix for his eighth career victory in a race that ended disastrously for both Ferrari drivers.

Verstappen controlled nearly all the race at Interlagos, which saw a dramatic late collision between Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc when they fought for the fourth position.

Both failed to finish, with Leclerc's front right wheel ruined and Vettel's back left tyre shredded in the lap 66 (of 71) incident. Vettel blamed Leclerc at the time, saying on team radio: "It's a puncture, what the hell is he doing?"

Vettel said post-race: "I think it's pretty clear. Obviously it's bitter and a shame for the team to lose both cars. I had a better run out of Turn Three and tried to pass and then we touched."

Leclerc said: "He tried to squeeze me on the inside a little bit. It all happened very quick.

"I haven't seen Seb yet, but I'm pretty sure we are both of us mature enough to put that behind us. Both of us feel sorry for the team."

Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly got his first F1 podium after finishing second ahead of six-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

The Mercedes driver was third but was then charged over an incident that caused Red Bull's Alexander Albon to spin.

Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, was handed a five-second time penalty and relegated to seventh, pushing McLaren's Carlos Sainz into third for his first F1 podium. However, results remain provisional at this stage due to further ongoing steward investigations.

Australian driver Daniel Ricciardo was sixth for Renault.

Dutch driver Verstappen said: "Lewis was very quick so I had to keep pushing ... we had two good moves with him, and from there onward I could control the race."

The Brazilian GP on Sunday was the penultimate race of the season, with only Abu Dhabi left on December 1.

Hamilton had already secured the season title in the previous race in the United States. His Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, who did not finish the race, had also secured the runner-up spot.

Verstappen wins wild Brazilian GP

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