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ART seals GP3 Series teams’ title with five races to spare

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ART Grand Prix secured its fourth GP3 Series teams’ title in seven years after moving into an unassailable lead following Saturday’s race at Monza in Italy.

ART has dominated GP3 in 2016, with all four of its drivers sitting inside the top 10 of the standings with five races remaining.

Ferrari Driver Academy member Charles Leclerc has led ART’s charge, sitting at the helm of the points rankings heading into the final title run-in.

However, the team effort meant that ART was able to wrap up the title on Saturday at Monza despite not finishing on the podium.

Arden swept to a one-two finish as Jake Dennis picked up his maiden GP3 victory ahead of Jack Aitken, while Jake Hughes finished third to make it an all-British podium.

The quartet of ART drivers crossed the line in formation from P4 to P7, with Leclerc leading Nirei Fukuzumi, Alexander Albon and Nyck de Vries home.

With the teams’ title sewn up, Leclerc and Albon will be turning their attention to their bids for the drivers’ crown, the duo poised to scrap with Antonio Fuoco for top honors until the final weekend in Abu Dhabi.

Red Bull driver Verstappen wins Formula One’s Brazilian GP

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Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won Formula One’s Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday for his eighth career victory in a race which 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.

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 faces an investigation after an incident that caused Red Bull’s Alexander Albon to spin.

Hamilton, who won at Interlagos in 2018, said Verstappen was “just quicker than us on the straights” and “there was nothing more we could do.”

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.”

McLaren’s Carlos Sainz was fourth, and could be promoted to third if Hamilton is punished.

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