Hamilton shocks Verstappen to win Brazilian Grand Prix

SAO PAULO — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finished “the toughest weekend I’ve had” with a spectacular victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, and gained momentum in his Method 1 title combat with Purple Bull driver Max Verstappen.

Hamilton, a seven-time entire world champion, beat Verstappen irrespective of starting up from 10th place on the grid owing to a penalty — the next Hamilton faced this weekend in Sao Paulo.

Verstappen, the winner of the race’s earlier version in 2019, finished second and saw his lead in the driver’s championship shrink to 14 points, with three races still left. The winner of a race gets 25 points.

“Let’s hold pushing,” Hamilton stated on crew radio right after his sixth victory of the year. He took a Brazil flag to rejoice his earn in the motor vehicle and on the podium, just as his idol Ayrton Senna did.

Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas completed third and Crimson Bull’s Sergio Perez was fourth with the Mexican clocking the speediest lap of the race. The Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were being fifth and sixth, respectively.

Verstappen led most of the race just after the 1st flip, when he overtook polesitter Bottas. But Hamilton, who rose from 10th to third posture in just 6 laps, went forward of Verstappen on lap 59, putting a raucous group on their ft at Interlagos.

Hamilton concluded the race with a 10-next gain about Verstappen and said he felt like he experienced gained his to start with race prior to a joyous group at Interlagos.

“I was pushing as difficult as I could,” an psychological Hamilton stated just after his 101st victory. “From very last on the grid (for Saturday’s dash race), and then yet another five-location penalty — I believe which is the most difficult weekend I’ve experienced. Matters held going in opposition to us, but it just exhibits, under no circumstances give up, keep battling. By no means, ever prevent fighting.”

Verstappen will also depart Brazil 50,000 euros ($57,200) poorer. He was fined following getting witnessed touching the rear wing of Hamilton’s Mercedes on Friday.

“We have been just lacking a little bit of tempo, but we gave it our all and had entertaining,” the Dutchman said. “We still have a superior points lead, nowadays was a bit of destruction limitation. The coming races we will bounce back.”

Organizers at Interlagos celebrated the return of the sequence to the regular keep track of, which will host the race for nine extra many years. All 170,000 tickets were being marketed for the a few days of action, with 1000’s of fans accumulating in front of the podium — several of them unmasked in spite of overall health protocols.

Formula 1 reduce Brazil from its 2020 calendar due to the fact of limitations in position for the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sao Paulo Grand Prix, renamed for this calendar year, was permitted to open for full ability only weeks ago when the point out authorities eased limitations for November.

Qatar hosts the following race on Nov. 21, followed by Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.


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