Lewis Hamilton does not want to abdicate. On the Interlagos track he starts from the fifth row and goes on to win the Brazilian GP at the end of a crazy comeback and a hand-to-hand fight with Max Verstappen culminating in lap 58: Overtaking at Turn 4 and a roar from the Interlagos crowd. First seven-time world champion, science fiction battle with the Dutchman. According to Verstappen, third bottas, quick ride for Sergio Perez. Fifth Leclerc, sixth Sainz.
In the Drivers’ World Championship, Max remains the leader with 14 points ahead of Hamilton with three races to go Verstappen burns Bottas at the start and is first, the Mercedes driver also surpassed by Perez. Two Red Bulls in command, Ferrari fourth and fifth, Hamilton 6th. In the first ten laps Hamilton exceeds seven drivers and flies to third place third, behind the two Red Bulls. Bottas gives him a hand after the order to team. Invert the cars, turn 1: from the Mercedes garage the request to reverse the W12s, to put Hamilton in front of Bottas. From the seven times world champion, thanks Valtteri to his teammate.
During the fifteenth lap while Verstappen runs away, he has almost 2 seconds on his teammate Perez, Lewis Hamilton is 7 tenths from the Mexican driver and can take advantage of the Drs. He passes it and is second. On lap 25 wear problems: Verstappen complains because he starts to slide, Hamilton tells the garage that he has the rear that is falling apart a lot. After the first changes Verstappen leads with 1.3 over Hamilton, then Bottas with a fast lap, then Perez, Leclerc, Alonso, Sainz, Gasly, Ricciardo and Norris.
On lap 50 the duel starts: Hamilton tries to overtake at Turn 4, Verstappen defends himself by taking him out. Both off the track but re-enter. Overtaking on lap 58 with Toto Wolff screaming from the pits: Valtteri, now go get him! referring to Bottas who can resume Verstappen now second. Great guys, great work, you are great! We keep pushing. This is Hamilton’s radio message to the Mercedes garage, who thanked Lewis saying, Bravi! This is how we do things! “
Hamilton: “The hardest weekend of the season”
«I am so grateful for the incredible support of the fans this weekend that I did not have at Silverstone. Lewis Hamilton in seventh heaven for his extraordinary victory in the Brazilian GP at Interlagos. What a race! – he says – The team did an extraordinary job and Valtteri did a great job to get as many points as possible. I just pushed as hard as I could, but this is my hardest weekend I’ve had.
My dad reminded me of when I was in F3 in Bahrain, when I started last and finished first – so this is for my dad. I never thought we would close the gap like we did today – never give up and never stop fighting. It seems to me the first time because I haven’t won in a long time.
Verstappen: “Today I did my best to limit the damage”
«We tried everything we could today, it was a good fight but in the end we lost a bit of rhythm. But it was a lot of fun. Max Verstappen said this at the end of the Brazilian GP, the third to last race of the Formula 1 World Championship run today at the Interlagos circuit.
I still have a decent advantage, so today there was a bit of damage limitation – he added – I’m confident, we will be stronger in the next races.
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