Outlasting the elements to win the Brazilian Grand Prix was Lewis Hamilton, the Mercedes driver started from pole position and never giving up the lead at any stage throughout the 71 lap event. With two red flags and five safety car periods, Hamilton did well to control his car on the very wet Interlagos circuit to secure his 52nd career Formula One victory, surpassing the tally of legend Alain Prost to put him second on Formula One’s all-time win list.
Only the legendary seven time world champion, Michael Schumacher, who has 91 victories to his name, has more wins than Hamilton.
It was also Hamilton’s ninth win of the season and his third in a row, but first at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace.
Hamilton’s margin of victory was an impressive 11.455 seconds over his Mercedes teammate and championship leader Nico Rosberg. The victory cut Rosberg’s advantage over Hamilton from 19 points to 12 points with only one race remaining.
“Firstly, I want to say a big thank you to all the fans that came out today because that was a long, long race and they stood out in the rain and still at the end there were even more people at the end than there were at the start, so I appreciate all the support here in Brazil,” Lewis said.
“They are always so welcoming to us and their hospitality is second to none. For me, I was generally just chillin’ up front. When it rains it’s usually a good day for me. Today it was tricky for everyone, there were definite opportunities for aquaplaning, which everyone did, but I want to say a big thank you to my team. We’re creating history in this team. This year the stuff that we’ve done, the results we have got are just incredible and I’m so proud to a part of it.”
Max Verstappen, who put in another stunning performance, crossed the line to take third place,. A position he will definitely be keeping this time around!
“It was an incredible race, of course, with the red flags, difficult conditions, especially the last straight, really slippery. And then in the final re-start I managed to overtake Nico and I was in quite a comfortable position over there and then I had a massive moment…” he explained, referring to a spin on the main straight that saw him almost kiss the barriers.
“I just… I don’t know, maybe I clipped a bit the kerb, had a massive moment, locked all four wheels, managed to keep it out of the guard rail, continued still in second. Then we decided to pit for intermediates but unfortunately it started to rain afterwards and it didn’t work out. But then after that, I think I was 15, 14, I don’t know what I was, and some great overtakes afterwards to come back on the podium so yes, of course, amazing.”