Lewis Hamilton is back in the race to win his 8th world championship after grabbing an impressive victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton started 10th after a series of penalties, but on an extraordinary afternoon in Sao Paulo, he fought his way past rival Max Verstappen with just 12 laps left following a great battle in the race of the season.
His Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas took third ahead of Sergio Perez.
Lewis Hamilton Is Back In The Title Race
Hamilton slashed Verstappen’s title lead from 21 to 14 points with three races left and 78 points still available.
Hamilton, starting down the order following a combined 25-place grid penalty, gained four spots on the opening lap to move up to sixth before roaring past Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc on successive laps.
And by the start of lap five, Lewis Hamilton was up to third after pole-sitter Bottas, passed by both Verstappen and Perez on the opening lap, was ordered aside at the first corner following instruction from his Mercedes team.
The safety car was sent out after Yuki Tsunoda and Aston Martin collided through the chicane, and Hamilton was just 4.5 seconds off the lead.
The race resumed on lap 12 with Perez keeping Hamilton at bay, but the Mexican’s resistance lasted seven laps.
Lewis Hamilton thought he had got the job done at the start of lap 18 after gliding past Perez on the start-finish straight only to see the Red Bull driver race back past at the left-hander the fourth corner.
Cue a huge roar from the Brazilian fans and wild celebrations in the Mercedes garage, after Lewis Hamilton managed to achieve this great feat. Verstappen was then slapped on the wrists by the stewards with a black-and-white warning flag for his weaving antics on lap 58.