F1: Hamilton Wins Brazil Grand Prix Securing Constructors’ Title for MercedesAMG
F1 champion Lewis Hamilton, 33 anni, won the Brazilian Grand Prix Sunday as his MercedesAMG team secured the constructors’ title for the 5th year running.
The win was Mr. Hamilton’s 10th of the season and 72nd of his career, he has won the drivers’ title for a 5th time.
Mr. Hamilton started a Pole position but was no match for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who led until a collision with the Force India of already-lapped Esteban Ocon sent him into a spin, putting the champion back in front.
Mr. Verstappen finished 2nd, still seething, Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Kimi Raikkonen took 3rd, and Australia’s Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo came 4th, Mr. Vettel came 6th in his Ferrari.
“That’s it. That the double, mate. MercedesAMG are the world champs,” Mr. Hamilton was told as he took the chequered flag at Interlagos.
“It’s been an incredible journey with them. This is what everyone worked for, for the whole year,” he said as the celebrations started with 1 race to go.
Only Ferrari have previously managed to win 5 championships in a row, taking 6 in succession during the Michael Schumacher era from Y’s 1999 to 2004.
Mr. Verstappen, winner in Mexico 2 weeks ago, stepped up next to Mr. Hamilton on the podium knowing he should have been the top step.
The collision was the talking point of the day, with arguments on both sides and angry scenes in the paddock afterwards.
Mr. Ocon was handed a 10-sec stop-and-go penalty for causing the collision, but that came as no consolation for Mr. Verstappen, whose colorful language over the radio was bleeped out for the TV viewers.
When Mr. Verstappen found Mr. Ocon, at the post-race scales, matters became more physical with the Red Bull Racing driver confronting the young Frenchman and giving him a push.
“You do everything well, you go through the field, we had a great car and then by such an idiot you get taken out while he’s being lapped. I have no words,” said Mr. Verstappen.
Here is the classification for the eventful race:
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