Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the Brazilian flag after winning the Sao Paulo Grand Prix. Picture: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the Brazilian flag after winning the Sao Paulo Grand Prix. Picture: Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

’Obrigado Brazil!’ Lewis Hamilton keeps F1 title dreams alive after Sao Paulo GP rollercoaster

By Reuters Time of article published Nov 14, 2021

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Sao Paulo, Brazil - Seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton hunted down Max Verstappen to win the Sao Paulo Grand Prix for Mercedes on Sunday and slash his Red Bull rival's Formula One lead to 14 points with three races remaining.

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Verstappen finished second with Valtteri Bottas third for Mercedes on an astonishing, controversial and roller-coaster weekend in Brazil that will go down as one of Hamilton's greatest and most satisfying drives.

The Briton was fastest in Friday qualifying at Interlagos for Saturday's sprint that set Sunday's grid, and then demoted to the back of the field after his car's rear wing failed a technical inspection.

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He went from 20th to fifth on Saturday, dropping back to 10th on Sunday's grid after an engine penalty but hungry for much more.

The rest was history as the 36-year-old took his third win in Brazil and set a record for victory in Brazil from the lowest grid position, beating Italian Giancarlo Fisichella's 2003 win from eighth.

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"Lewis, that's how you overcome a 20-place disqualification," Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff told him over the radio after he took the chequered flag in front of a cheering crowd.

"It was actually 25, but you're right," replied a delighted Hamilton.

The win was Hamilton's sixth of the season and record-extending 101st of his career.

Red Bull's Sergio Perez finished fourth, pitting on the penultimate lap for fresh tyres to set the fastest lap and deny Hamilton a bonus point.

After the race Hamilton thanked the Brazilian fans for their support after loud cheers when he took the lead and ultimately the race win.

“Obrigado Brazil!” said Hamilton during the post-race interview.

More to follow ...

Reuters

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