Formula 1: Hamilton wins thriller race against Verstappen

What a World Cup thriller at the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo! Lewis Hamilton (36) wins the race in Interlagos after a tough battle with Max Verstappen (23), who comes in second. Mercedes wingman Valtteri Bottas came in third.

Emotional images after crossing the finish line: Hamilton can be celebrated with the Brazilian flag and reaps Senna chants. “Before the weekend I would never have thought that we could close the gap,” said Hamilton. “That shows me: never give up. It feels like the first victory because I haven’t had one for so long.”

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Verstappen is visibly disappointed, but tries to remain optimistic: “We gave everything today. That was a good fight, in the end we lacked the pace a bit. That was damage control, but I’m confident that we will fight back in the coming races. “

The key to victory: the Briton overtook his World Cup rival from Holland on lap 60. Before turn four, Hamilton pulls past Verstappen on the second long straight, after having gritted his teeth on the Red Bull star for several laps.

It was tough on the track.

After the disqualification in qualifying and an engine penalty, the reigning world champion is back in the world championship fight in an impressive manner. “So strikes back after being 20 places behind,” cheered Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff on the pit radio.

The duel between Verstappen and Hamilton is a real thriller right up to the decisive maneuver. At the start, Verstappen and Perez can work their way past Bottas to the top. But Hamilton also got off to a mega start, rushing to seventh place and then within six laps up to fourth place. Then his Finnish wingman lets him pass on orders from the command post.

This is followed by 13 laps of the hunt for Sergio Perez (Red Bull), until the brave Red Bull driver has to give in to the pressure of the seven-time champion. Then, thanks to an earlier pit stop, Hamilton can close the gap of 3.7 seconds, after the second round of pit stops he is ready to attack the leader, Verstappen.

However, the first attack still fails. The Dutchman pushes Hamilton off the track in turn four. To the surprise of the experts, the FIA ​​closed both eyes, did not initiate an investigation and rated the action as a racing incident. However, for snaking a few laps later, Verstappen receives a warning and safely takes second place, just under ten seconds behind.

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In the World Cup, Hamilton is only 14 points behind with three races to go.

Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin) lands in eleventh place, Mick Schumacher is 18th and last after a collision with Kimi Räikkönen. The Haas driver has to pick up a new front wing in the pit.
Lewis Hamilton: “I don’t remember ever having a weekend like this. The last time I had something like this was in Formula 3 in Bahrain (2004; d. Ed.): McLaren had just torn my contract, I’m for mine I had a damage to the underbody, had to start from the back and there was a preliminary race and a race. Then I got up to P10 and from there to first place. My father reminded me of this over the weekend. It It was always my goal to win today, but it’s very overwhelming that it worked. Of course the car was in good shape. But we knew we had to drop at least five places. Then there was the disqualification for qualifying, which was devastating . But all mechanics and engineers have remained focused, a huge thank you for that. “

About the duel with Verstappen: I knew that would be the decision (no investigation; d. Red.), Regardless of whether it is right or wrong. But I didn’t let it get to me, I just kept on driving the race. I have to look again to see if it was a racing incident. But it doesn’t matter anymore, I have the result that I need. “

Max Verstappen: “I tried everything, but it was clear that there was a little too much pace missing today. Especially on a track like here, where tire wear is very high, you have to use the tires a little too much to keep them behind us That wasn’t enough, but I’m not too disappointed because, to be honest, I think it’s a pretty realistic result. But at least we had some fun out there fighting it that way. We both got into the corner very late think everything was fair. “

Brazilian Grand Prix

1. Lewis Hamilton (Great Britain) – Mercedes 1:32: 22.851 hours
2. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) – Red Bull +10.496 sec.
3. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) – Mercedes +13,576
4. Sergio Perez (Mexico) – Red Bull +39,940
5. Charles Leclerc (Monaco) – Ferrari +49.517
6. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Spain) – Ferrari +51,820
7. Pierre Gasly (France) – Alpha Tauri + 1 round.
8. Esteban Ocon (France) – Alpine + 1 round.
9. Fernando Alonso (Spain) – Alpine + 1 round.
10. Lando Norris (Great Britain) – McLaren + 1 rd.
11. Sebastian Vettel (Heppenheim) – Aston Martin + 1 round.
12. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) – Alfa Romeo + 1 rd.
13. George Russell (Great Britain) – Williams + 1 rd.
14. Antonio Giovinazzi (Italy) – Alfa Romeo + 1 rd.
15. Yuki Tsunoda (Japan) – Alpha Tauri + 1 round;
16. Nicholas Latifi (Canada) – Williams + 1 rd.
17.Nikita Masepin (Russia) – Haas + 2 rd.
18. Mick Schumacher (Gland / Switzerland) – Haas + 2 rounds.


Lance Stroll (Canada) – Aston Martin (48th Rd.)
Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) – McLaren (50th round)

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