George Russell dominated the final Virtual Grand Prix of the season at Interlagos despite starting from 14th on the grid.
Russell took advantage of the first lap incident to take control of the race and leave the field for his sixth straight win in the series.
Seconds and fifths for Enzo and Pietro Fittipaldi were enough to confirm Haas as team champion.
There was chaos in the opening laps when contact between Alpine’s seat posts of French Comedian Arnaud Tsamere flagged Artur Leclerc, sparking multiple laps.
Russell made the perfect start, taking advantage of the ensuing carnage to jump right into third.
It was immediately the first on the third lap at that time Williams sent Tsamere and Dino Beganovic, but the team’s radio messages confirmed the Briton was concerned about his soft tire strategy.
Enzo Fittipaldi and Alex Albon both moved up to second and fourth after 10 laps, mainly on medium tires.
Albon appeared to have broken the top three in his pursuit of Russell, but contact with Beganovic saw Red Bull test and reserve racer time lost. By the time the Thai-British driver passed Ferrari, Fittipaldi’s distance is four seconds, with Russell ahead by six seconds when he stops him.
The three-second penalties all put an end to Albon’s slim hopes of winning as Russell’s pursuit was basically a one-man job for Fittipaldi.
But Russell’s relentless pace was unmatched as he grabbed a six-second win ahead of Enzo Fittipaldi and Albon.
Beganovic stayed ahead of Pietro Fittipaldi, while Leclerc recovered to fend off biker Jake Dixon. Mercedes.
Tsamere finished in front of Jimmy Broadbent on McLaren, and Luca Salvadori finished the top 10 for AlphaTauri.