Hamilton gave a show of talent and won the Brazilian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton made it clear that he will not give up his Formula 1 crown without fighting and he showed it this Sunday at the Brazilian Grand Prix, with a victory as important as it was worked, in a weekend in which he overcame countless obstacles until crossing the goal first at the Interlagos circuit. The Briton finished ahead of Max Vertsappen’s Red Bull and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas of Finland, who completed the podium. Back in the column were the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, Pierre Gasly (Alpha Tauri), the Alpine of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris (McLaren).

From before the first test, Hamilton already knew that he would have to row from behind if he wanted to cut advantages over Verstappen: due to the change of the engine of his Mercedes, on Friday he already knew that he had a penalty of five places on the starting grid, plus no matter what position he got in the sprint. And for the qualifying race he found out that he was starting last due to a problem in the DRS, but he passed 15 cars to finish fifth and – penalty included – secure the tenth starting position.

After the first lap, he was sixth and, from there, he climbed positions until he settled in a direct duel with Verstappen. And while the championship leader appealed to all the resources at his disposal, he had to settle for second position after Hamilton moved it to 12 laps to go. “I tried everything I could, it was a good fight, but in the end I lacked a bit of rhythm. Anyway it was fun. I was the leader, I was second, I am confident that we will be stronger in the next races,” lamented the Dutch.

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On the other hand, Hamilton looked exultant after two races in which he had been defeated by Verstappen and Red Bull. “I never imagined that I was going to be able to reduce the advantage in the tournament as it finally happened, because things were always against us,” Hamilton said after his spectacular victory. “This shows that you always have to push, that you never have to stop fighting. Because that’s how I faced this weekend,” said the seven-time world champion.

With the victory of Hamilton and the second place of Verstappen, the difference in the championship narrowed to 14 points, with the Dutchman with 332.5 points against 318.5 for the Englishman. Gone are Bottas, with 203, and Mexican Sergio “Checo” Pérez, who finished fourth, with 178. In this way, Mercedes also fell away in the Constructors’ Cup, with 521.5 against Red Bull’s 510.5. There are still three races left – Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi – but Hamilton made it clear to Verstappen that giving up is not in his DNA and that if he wants to take the crown from him he will have to work until the last lap of the last race.

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