Hamilton ganó en Sao Paulo y redujo el liderato de Verstappen / Sao Paulo GP: Lewis Hamilton overtakes Max Verstappen for win to cut title lead after epic comeback

El británico, que arrancó décimo, se exhibió al remontar nueve puestos para ampliar a 101 su propio récord histórico de triunfos

El siete veces campeón mundial inglés Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) ganó este domingo el Gran Premio de Brasil -de Sao Paulo, este año-, el decimonoveno del Mundial de F1, en el que relegó al segundo puesto al neerlandés Max Verstappen (Red Bull), que sigue al frente del campeonato, aunque ahora con 14 puntos sobre el británico, a falta de tres carreras.

Hamilton, que arrancó décimo, se exhibió al remontar nueve puestos para ampliar a 101 su propio récord histórico de triunfos en la categoría reina al ganar en Interlagos, donde su compañero finlandés Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) fue tercero; y el mexicano Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), que marcó la vuelta rápida en carrera, cuarto.

Los españoles Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) y Fernando Alonso (Alpine) acabaron sexto y noveno, respectivamente, la decimonovena de las 23 carreras del año.

El monegasco Charles Leclerc, compañero de Sainz en la ‘Scuderia’, fue quinto; mientras que los franceses Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri) y Esteban Ocon (Alpine) ocuparon la séptima y la octava plaza en Sao Paulo.

El inglés Lando Norris (McLaren), que acabó décimo, también entró en los puntos en Brasil.

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Sao Paulo GP: Lewis Hamilton overtakes Max Verstappen for win to cut title lead after epic comeback

Lewis Hamilton cuts Max Verstappen’s title lead to 14 points with three races left after superb charge in Brazil; Hamilton started 10th but recovered before overtaking Verstappen, who avoided a penalty for an earlier fierce defence; Valtteri Bottas third for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton delivered one of the comeback drives of his career at the Sao Paulo GP to charge through the field from 10th to clinch a huge win, overtaking Max Verstappen after a fierce battle to cut his rival’s title lead.

It was a dramatic turnaround on a rollercoaster weekend for Hamilton, after suffering a qualifying disqualification and an engine penalty, and he capped his display by defeating Verstappen in another epic wheel-to-wheel duel.

Hamilton, having soared through the field in the early stages, and Verstappen, after passing Valtteri Bottas for the lead at the start, were head to head for much of the race and the Dutchman angered Hamilton and Mercedes with a questionable defence into Turn 4 on Lap 48.

The stewards decided no investigation was necessary but 11 laps later Hamilton, in a much faster Mercedes, finally executed that move and passed Verstappen for a much-needed victory at Interlagos.

He is now 14 points behind Verstappen with three races remaining in the 2021 season; in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.

“Coming into this weekend I never ever thought we would be able to close the gap like we had today,” said Hamilton, who enjoyed huge support from the Brazil fans.
“Then these things that just kept going against us but it really shows for everyone, never give up. Never, ever stop fighting and that’s how I’ve really approached this weekend.”

It was Hamilton’s first win in four races and only the second of his 101 F1 victories that came from lower than sixth on the grid. Toto Wolff called it the most satisfying win from his time in charge of Mercedes.

Three to go: How it stands in the title chases

Drivers’ Points
1) Max Verstappen 332.5
2) Lewis Hamilton 318.5
Constructors’
1) Mercedes 521.5
2) Red Bull 510.5

Verstappen meanwhile described his second place “damage limitation” and, while Mercedes have moved further ahead of Red Bull in the team standings with Bottas third, Sergio Perez took a fastest lap point off Hamilton from fourth.

By Matt Morlidge