Lewis Hamilton points out 'strange' aspect of emphatic Brazil GP win over Max Verstappen


    Lewis Hamilton pulled off a sensational win at the Brazilian Grand Prix as he overcame many challenges across the weekend to take victory in Interlagos, including overtaking championship leader Max Verstappen in the latter moments of the race. Hamilton overcame a grid penalty and a disqualification as he clawed back important points in the championship with just three races remaining after Red Bull had dominated in Austin and Mexico.

    Refusing to give up after twice being penalised, Hamilton stormed to victory in front of an elated crowd after chasing down Verstappen in the second half of the race.

    Hamilton dove into the pits three laps after Verstappen, and on fresher tyres chased the Dutchman down. Despite the duo nearly tangling, he eventually managed to get past the 24-year-old.

    Speaking after the race, Hamilton admitted he was surprised though how well the hard tyre managed to hold on, despite a fierce charge on Verstappen, but admitted Mercedes had worked hard to match the Red Bull’s pace.

    The Briton said: “I think, honestly we’ve been working so hard, every weekend, obviously, to try and get the car into a place where we can compete but just with no answer for the pace that they were able to produce and then [they were] obviously, a long way ahead of us in the last race so we were coming to a track where last time they were very strong here, I think in 2019.

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    “So I anticipated that would be hot on Sunday.

    “We knew that that potentially would be an Achilles heel for us but for whatever reason, the cars were working fantastically well this weekend.

    “I chose to go a direction this weekend which we both ended up on and which worked really well, I think, for the both of us, and I think we just really optimised the car in these conditions this weekend.

    “I was really surprised to be able to follow so closely and then once I was past Max I still had tyre left and I could keep going so it was strange because that’s not normal but we’ll take it, very very happy with it.”

    Tensions were high on lap 48 when the pair nearly tangled as Hamilton pounced on Verstappen for the lead heading towards Turn 4.

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    “I think I was ahead initially, and I think he held his ground and we both ran out of road,” said Hamilton speaking after the win he dedicated to his father.

    “Well, I think he was running out of road, so I obviously had to avoid running out of road – but I mean, I didn’t think too much of it and obviously I’ll have to watch the replay, but it’s hard battling and wouldn’t expect anything less really.

    “We didn’t touch wheels, which is good.”


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