The seven-time English world champion Lewis hamilton (Mercedes) was exhibited this Sunday by winning the Brazilian Grand Prix, the nineteenth of the F1 World, in which he relegated the Dutch to second place Max verstappen (Red Bull), which continues to lead, but now with a 14-point lead, with three rounds to go before the end of the most exciting championship in recent years.
Hamilton, who started tenth, starred in quite an exhibition, climbing nine places to extend to 101 his own all-time record for victories in the premier class in Interlagos, where his Finnish partner Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) was third; and Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), fourth: setting the fastest lap in the race on the last lap, to ‘take’ the extra point from ‘Sir’ Lewis. In an authentic ‘career‘, that the Spanish Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Fernando Alonso (Alpine) finished sixth and ninth, respectively.
Volantazo to the World Cup. That is what Hamilton staged in a so-called Sao Paulo Grand Prix this year, to culminate a weekend in which he recovered from a five-place penalty, first, for changing the combustion chamber of his Mercedes; and the disqualification of the qualifying session on Friday, which he had dominated, to face the sprint test from the last position on the grid.
“The key was never to give up”commented the English star after his sensational victory, who, after finishing fifth in sprint qualifying, had started tenth this Sunday. Proving that he has not won seven World Cups by chance. And making good his motto, ‘Still we rise’, a sentence that he has tattooed and that says something like ‘despite everything, we resurface’.
Hamilton announced that, despite the feelings experienced in Mexico last Sunday, the World Cup is still very much alive. In the absence of the three races of the Middle East tour, which starts next weekend in the debutant Qatar and will be completed with another premiere, that of Saudi Arabia; one week before Abu Dhabi closure, on December 12, in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Classification of the Brazilian GP
- Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) 1h32: 22.851
Max Verstappen (NED / Red Bull) at 10,496
Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) at 13,576
Sergio Pérez (MEX / Red Bull) at 39,940
Charles Leclerc (MON / Ferrari) at 49,517
- Carlos Sainz (ESP / Ferrari) at 51,820
Pierre Gasly (FRA / Alpha Tauri) 1 lap
Esteban Ocon (FRA / Alpine) 1 lap
- Fernando Alonso (ESP / Alpine) 1 lap
Lando Norris (GBR / McLaren) 1 lap
Formula 1 World Classification
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull), 332.5 points
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 318.5
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 203
Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), 178
Lando Norris (McLaren), 151
Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), 148
- Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), 139.5
Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren), 105
Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), 92
- Fernando Alonso (Alpine), 62