Best chances to stop Max Verstappen: No. 2 – Sao Paulo Grand Prix
For whatever reason, Red Bull showed up to last year’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix looking like the third or even the fourth fastest team on the grid throughout the entire race weekend, even amid a season during which they won 17 of 22 races and the constructor championship.
Amid a record-breaking 15-win season, Verstappen could only manage a sixth place finish in the main event at Interlagos after a disappointing fourth place finish in the sprint race.
While it would seem safe to assume that the Milton Keynes-based team will show up a bit more competitive this year, given the fact that they are 14 for 14 to start the season and have now won a record 15 straight races going back to last year, last year’s struggles were particularly baffling because of how the track had treated them in the past.
Even in the era of Mercedes dominance, Verstappen collected a victory at the track in 2019, and he would have won by a 2023-era margin in 2018 had he not been taken out by Esteban Ocon.
Last year’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix produced what remains the only Mercedes 1-2 finish since the end of the 2020 season, with George Russell collecting his first career win and Lewis Hamilton finishing in second place.
Of the 32 wins that have gone to either Red Bull or Mercedes since the start of the 2022 season, this is the only one that belongs to the latter. Meanwhile, Hamilton has seen Verstappen stand on the top step of the podium on 28 occasions since most recently doing so himself.
The Sao Paulo Grand Prix is scheduled to take place on Sunday, November 5 at 12:00 p.m. ET.