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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports names new general manager

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Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced Wednesday that Piers Phillips has stepped down after three years as General Manager of the organization, effective immediately.

“After considerate and thoughtful discussions about the future of both the organization and Phillips’ involvement, his departure was a joint decision,” according to a media release.

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Team manager Taylor Kiel has been named the organization’s new GM.

The 31-year-old Kiel has been with the organization since 2008.

“Both Ric (SPM co-owner Ric Peterson) and I are very thankful to Piers for the impact he has had on the team for the last three years and for helping us to get to where we are today,” noted Sam Schmidt, co-owner of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

“We wish him nothing but the best in whatever he chooses to do next.”

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.