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Brazil Grand Prix: Hamilton won and reduced his disadvantage in the composite
Author: MTI [email protected]
Posted: Nov 14, 2021 20:18 | Updated: Nov 14, 2021 20:18
Sao Paulo – The Formula One World Speed Championship continues with the Qatari race debuting in the series.
Defending champion and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, a Mercedes driver, won the Formula 1 Brazil Grand Prix starting on Sunday, reducing his gap to the World Cup points by 14 points.
This is the sixth race victory of the 36-year-old British driver this year and the 101st race victory of his career.
Behind Hamilton, his biggest opponent in the composite, Max Verstappen, the Dutch driver of Red Bull, finished second, while Valtteri Bottas, a Finn leading the other Mercedes, could take the bottom step of the podium.
At the start, Verstappen overtook Bottas, who started from pole position with a firm maneuver, who was also overtaken by Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) two turns later, after the Finnish rider broke the braking distance. Hamilton, who started from 10th place, improved several positions already in the first lap, then raced third in the fifth lap behind the leading Verstappen and the second Pérez. Shortly after the debris was cleared on the track, the safety car was parked in front of the field, followed by a virtual Safety Car section, but the order at the podium places did not change.
Approaching the 20th lap, Hamilton fought a great battle with Perez, eventually overtaking his Mexicans and chasing the leading Verstappen. Mercedes then called Hamilton in the pits to change wheels on lap 27, in response to which Red Bull immediately put new tires on the Verstappen race car and then Pérez for the fresh tires drove into the pits. Some time later, wheels were also changed in Bottas’ car and he returned to the field in third place in front of the Finnish Pérez.
In lap 40, Verstappen was in the pits again, then Bottas and in lap 44 Hamilton also got new tires, after which the order was restored: Verstappen led by Hamilton for two seconds and Bottas was in third place.
Twenty-five laps before the knockout, Hamilton caught up with Verstappen in attacking position, but the first attempt to overtake was defended by the Dutch, albeit not regularly. The competition court investigated the case but did not impose any penalties.
At the start of the hair, Hamilton got very close to Verstappen and overtook him with a definite maneuver, then very quickly moved away from the rival and made no more mistakes until the fall.
The World Cup future continues with the first Formula One Qatar Grand Prix.