After his disqualification in qualifying, Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton burned into the asphalt after his disqualification in qualifying, driving past Vettel, Leclerc, Norris and Co. to fifth place. Because of an engine penalty, he still only started the GP on Sunday from tenth place. But his performance shows what is also possible tomorrow.
“That was damage limitation,” praised team boss Toto Wolff on the pit radio. Particularly strong: the last maneuver with a lap before the end with a super late braking maneuver past McLaren driver Lando Norris.
“Tenth place was my goal,” explains Hamilton. “Then I passed the guys pretty quickly.” The disqualification after qualifying was still not easy for him to digest. “It was hard. I tried to stay calm and concentrate on my job. The decision was bad, but I just said: Keep your head down, you have to go through it. “
In the World Cup, Verstappen is now 21 points ahead of the British. “Surprisingly, Bottas’ poker worked with the soft tires,” said Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko, analyzing the World Cup duel against Mercedes. “In the middle sector, our tires overheated, that’s what we actually expected from the softs.”
Hamilton’s speed on the straights remains suspect to the Red Bull Doc. “It’s breathtaking how Hamilton snatches the Norris on the straight,” he says. “I thought it had one less gear. Impressive.”
Red Bull’s slogan for Sunday: “We have to pass Bottas, otherwise he will set the pace so that Lewis can catch up.” The Austrian is not expecting a race that will be decisive for the World Cup. “I am convinced that Hamilton will make it back to fourth place, maybe even further. Then the GP is not yet decisive for the World Cup. “
Sebastian Vettel improved from eleventh to tenth in the Aston Martin. Vettel: “For us it was the maximum. Lewis was too fast, we couldn’t hold him. After the start we weren’t really fast, but fast enough to stay on the DRS train. We’re just too slow on the straight. “
Like clockwork, Mick Schumacher took 19th place ahead of his Haas team-mate Nikita Mazepin. “We learned a lot today. The soft tire was the wrong choice, in the end it was difficult to keep them alive, ”he admits. The starting duel with Hamilton, on the other hand, was over quickly. Mick: “It wasn’t a long encounter with Lewis, he already flew by in turn one.”
Brazilian Grand Prix
2. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) – Red Bull +1.170 sec.
3. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Spain) – Ferrari +18,723
4. Sergio Perez (Mexico) – Red Bull +19.787
5. Lewis Hamilton (UK) – Mercedes +20,872
6. Lando Norris (Great Britain) – McLaren +22,558
7. Charles Leclerc (Monaco) – Ferrari +25.056
8. Pierre Gasly (France) – Alpha Tauri +34,158
9. Esteban Ocon (France) – Alpine +34,632
10. Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim) – Aston Martin +34.867
11. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) – McLaren +35,869
12. Fernando Alonso (Spain) – Alpine +36,578
13. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy) – Alfa Romeo +41.880
14. Lance Stroll (Canada) – Aston Martin +44,037
15. Yuki Tsunoda (Japan) – Alpha Tauri +46,150
16. Nicholas Latifi (Canada) – Williams +46,760
17. George Russell (Great Britain) – Williams +47,739
18. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) – Alfa Romeo +50,014
19. Mick Schumacher (Gland / Switzerland) – Haas +1: 01.680 min.
20. Nikita Masepin (Russia) – Haas +1: 07.474