Hamilton fools Verstappen for winning the Brazilian Grand Prix

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ST. PAUL – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton concluded “the hardest weekend I’ve ever had” with a splendid victory for the Brazilian Grand Prix Sunday, and gained momentum in his Formula 1 title fight with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen.

Seven-time world champion Hamilton beat Verstappen despite starting from 10th on the grid due to a penalty – second Hamilton faced this weekend in Sao Paulo.

Verstappen, the winner of the previous edition of the race in 2019, finished second and saw his advantage in the drivers’ championship drop to 14 points, with three races to go. The winner of a race scores 25 points.

“We keep pushing,” Hamilton told the team radio after his sixth win of the season. He took a Brazilian flag to celebrate his victory in the car and on the podium, just like his idol Ayrton Senna did.

Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas finished third and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez finished fourth with the Mexican setting the fastest lap of the race. The Ferrari by Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz were fifth and sixth respectively.

Verstappen led most of the race after the first corner when he overtook polesitter Bottas. But Hamilton, who moved from tenth to third in just six laps, overtook Verstappen on lap 59, setting up a rowdy crowd at Interlagos.

Hamilton finished the race with a 10-second lead over Verstappen and said he felt like he had won his first race in front of a joyful crowd at Interlagos.

“I was pushing as hard as I could,” said an excited Hamilton after his 101st win. “Last on the grid (for Saturday’s sprint race), and then another five-place penalty, I think it was the toughest weekend I’ve had. Things kept going against us, but it just shows, never give up, keep fighting. Never, never stop fighting “.

Verstappen also wants to leave the poorest Brazil by 50,000 euros (57,200 dollars). He was fined after being seen touching the rear wing of Hamilton’s Mercedes on Friday.

“We just lacked a little rhythm, but we gave it our all and enjoyed it,” said the Dutchman. “We still have a good lead in terms of points, there was some damage limitation today. We will make up for the next races “.

Interlagos organizers celebrated the series’ return to the traditional track, which will host the race for another nine years. All 170,000 tickets were sold for the three days of action, with thousands of fans gathering in front of the podium, many of them unmasked despite health protocols.

Formula 1 has cut Brazil from its 2020 calendar due to restrictions in place for the COVID-19 pandemic. The São Paulo Grand Prix, renamed for this year, was only able to open at full capacity a few weeks ago, when the state government eased restrictions for November.

Qatar will host the next race on November 21, followed by Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

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