Although he started the race from tenth on the grid, Lewis Hamilton was able to cheer at the end. The Mercedes driver defied two penalties in Interlagos and celebrated his sixth win of the season in the 19th race to the cheers of the fans. Max Verstappen landed in second place ahead of Hamilton team-mate Valtteri Bottas. Sergio Perez in the second Red Bull was fourth ahead of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz’s two Ferraris.
After the win, Hamilton was overjoyed: “It feels like the first win because I have the feeling that I haven’t won for so long,” said Hamilton, who recently had three Verstappen wins in a row after his success in Russia .Verstappen said it was a good fight and the Red Bull in Brazil was too slow.
In the very first disappointment, Red Bull boss Helmut Marko no longer exuded the greatest confidence: “If you (Mercedes) can hold onto this engine power, then it doesn’t look good,” said Helmut Marko in an interview. Hamilton shortened in the World Cup standings to 14 points behind.
Hamilton overtook Verstappen on lap 60 with a spectacular overtaking maneuver. But Mercedes boss Toto Wolff raged after the race. The trigger for this was a maneuver in the 48th lap, where Verstappen left Hamilton no space on the outside. The Austrian had a clear opinion on this in an interview with Sky: “Hard racing is great. Max drives a knife between his teeth – and he can do that really well. But if you do, expect a 5-second penalty. To dismiss this as a racing incident is embarrassing for the race management. “
Formula 1 will continue on Sunday in Qatar. There are only three races left. Excitement in the world championship fight is guaranteed!