Lewis Hamilton has won the Brazilian Grand Prix taking his eighth win of the season after passing Max Verstappen after the Red Bull spun as he tried to lap Esteban Ocon.
Verstappen looked on course for back-to-back wins, before colliding with the Frenchman who failed to yield position into the Senna S as the Dutchman tried to lap him. The accident dropped the Dutchman to the back of the field.
Verstappen had got past the five times champion early on during his second stint, as Hamilton began to ease off because of engine concerns and tyres. Ocon was trying to unlap himself when he went wheel to wheel as he showed pace on the fresher tyres.
Verstappen labelled the Frenchman an “F****** idiot” as he caught Ocon’s left front as he turned into the corner, pitching into a spin and into the run-off area. Verstappen was furious.
Ocon told Sky F1: “What I’m really surprised of is the behaviour of Max, the FIA having to stop him from being violent, pushing me and wanting to punch me. That is not professional.”
Ocon claimed Verstappen had not left him enough space, but he was handed a 10-second stop-go penalty, the most severe punishment before a disqualification.
Verstappen is then asked about shoving at Ocon afterwards. He says: “We are all passionate about the sport, but it would be odd if I shook his hand. I don’t care what people say. I’m a winner. To get taken out by that and to get a stupid response from their side, I was not happy about that.”
Both drivers have been summoned to the stewards for a brawl in Parc Ferme after the race, for unsporting conduct.
The accident allowed Hamilton to regain the lead of the race, from where he managed to build over a second lead over Verstappen. The Red Bull losing downforce around the front of the side-pod area but he kept coming at Hamilton regardless.
Hamilton made an early stop going for mediums, he was however forced into a second stop. His pace however in the middle stint allowed him to stay ahead.
It wasn’t easy for the five times champion who spent much of the race dealing with power unit issues and carried out a very long stint on the mediums. But remained around a second and a half ahead of Verstappen.
Kimi Raikkonen finished third after Ferrari proved unable to challenge the top two, despite the team starting the race on the more durable tyres. The former champion mirrored fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas during the first stint, but a longer run in the second stint gave him the edge.
Raikkonen finally got past, and then Bottas came under pressure from Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo before eventually, Mercedes ordered him in for a second stop on lap fifty-nine.
In the closing stages, Bottas lost out after he began to struggle with the tyres, dropping back to fifth but stayed ahead of Vettel who struggled to race at the front.
Hamilton’s fiftieth victory in the hybrid era and Bottas’s fifth place, allowing Mercedes to secure a fifth successive constructors championship.
It was another brilliant race for Ferrari bound Charles Leclerc, the Monacan once again dominated the race for seventh. He comfortably led the Haas’s of Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen, while Sergio Perez took tenth.
Brendon Hartley finished eleventh despite a raging argument with Toro Rosso, after he refused to swap positions with Pierre Gasly. That ultimately lost Gasly track position, as he was past by the Renault of Carlos Sainz.
There were only two retirements from the grand prix. Ericsson stopped early on after picking up damage at the first corner, slipping down the order and suffering a spin after his pitstop. Nico Hulkenberg was ordered to stop as Renault recorded a high engine temperature.
- BRAZILIAN GP – Qualifying Result
- BRAZILIAN GP – Lewis Hamilton beats Sebastian Vettel by nine-hundredths of a second, as both encounter drama in qualifying
- BRAZILIAN GP – Valtteri Bottas leads a Mercedes one-two in FP2, after edging out Lewis Hamilton by three-thousandths of a second
- BRAZILIAN GP – Max Verstappen fastest in FP1 despite a very close fight with Ferrari and Mercedes
- Prixview – Brazilian Grand Prix