Hamilton Claims Brazil Win After Ocon Hits Verstappen Whilst In Race Lead

by Aaron Gillard
Max Verstappen - Esteban Ocon - Red Bull - Force India - Brazil

Lewis Hamilton claims victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix but victory was taken away from Aston Martin Red Bull Racing‘s Max Verstappen after Esteban Ocon spun the Dutch driver whilst in the lead of the race.

The crucial moment of the race came when the Racing Point Force India F1 Team driver attempted to unlap himself at Turn 1, only for him to make contact with the race leader which send him in a spin. The accident allowed Hamilton to take the lead of the race and win the race at the Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.

Verstappen confronted with Ocon after the race in parc-ferme, pushing the French driver multiple times before being escorted away. Hamilton’s victory ensured that Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport have won their fifth constructors’ championship.

Scuderia Ferrari‘s Kimi Räikkönen claimed third ahead of Daniel Ricciardo in fourth place, who climbed his way through the field after starting in eleventh thanks to a grid penalty. Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel made two stops in the race and finished in fifth and sixth respectfully.

Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team‘s Charles Leclerc ended the race in an impressive seventh place. Haas F1 Team‘s Romain Grosjean beat his team-mate Kevin Magnussen to claim eighth place. Sergio Pérez secured the final point in the race at Interlagos.

At the start of the race, Bottas managed to pass Vettel into second place at the Senna Esses as Hamilton leads the field away. Marcus Ericsson dropped positions to tenth place at the start after starting sixth place as Ricciardo started his recovery from eleventh place.

The two Renault Sport Formula One Team drivers of Carlos Sainz Jr. and Nico Hülkenberg squabbled with each other for twelfth place, with the Spaniard even making contact with his team-mate in defending for his position.

Verstappen managed to pass both Ferrari cars at Turn one on Lap 3 and 4 to get himself up on a podium position. Vettel struggled on the opening laps to get his soft tyres working, losing more places by locking up at Turn 4 to allow his Ferrari team-mate through.

The Red Bull soon closed down second place Bottas and with the help of DRS down the run to the start-finish line, made a move on the inside of Turn 1 and successfully passed the Finnish driver. Bottas started to struggle as both Ferrari drivers’ started to get their soft tyres working and look to pass the struggling Finn. Räikkönen managed to chase down the Mercedes driver but couldn’t find a way through.

Bottas became the first driver to pit out of the front runners on Lap 18 for a set of medium tyres, dropping him down to ninth place. Race leader Hamilton followed on the following lap for the same tyre, dropping him down seventh as Verstappen takes over the lead and started to set fastest laps.

Ericsson became the first retirement of the race, after suffering a spin at Turn 6. The Sauber struggled throughout the race, dropping places from his sixth place start and losing parts of his after making contact with Kevin Magnussen at the start of the race.

On Lap 28, Vettel made his pit stop from third place, switching from the soft tyres to the medium compound tyres in ninth place. Raikkonen followed on Lap 31 and came out behind his Ferrari team-mate, but Vettel let Raikkonen through to chase down Bottas for a potential podium position.

Race leader Verstappen pitted in on Lap 35 for the Soft tyres, allowing Hamilton back ahead in the pecking order but by only two seconds. Ricciardo took over the lead from his team-mate who has yet to make his pit stop.

Ricciardo eventually pitted on Lap 39 as Verstappen rapidly gained on Hamilton for the initial lead of the race. The Dutch driver passed the Mercedes driver with DRS down Turn 1 to re-take the lead of the race. Ricciardo managed to come out in sixth place behind Vettel, who caught up with the German.

Verstappen lost the lead of the race when the Force India of Esteban Ocon attemped to unlap himself at Turn 1, making contact with the Red Bull driver and sending him in a spin. The accident allowed Hamilton to re-take the lead of the race. Ocon was handed a ten-second time stop and go penalty for his incident with the Red Bull driver.

Ricciardo managed to surpass Vettel down Turn 1, making contact with the German to take fifth place and start closing down Bottas for fourth place. Vettel made a second pit stop for the Supersoft tyres in sixth place, demoting him down to seventh place behind Leclerc. Ricciardo eventually made his way pass Bottas at Turn 1 at the beginning of Lap 59, taking fourth place away from the Finn.

Bottas followed Vettel’s plan and pitted in at the end of the lap to take on a set of Supersoft tyres. The Finn managed to get out ahead of Vettel in fifth place as Ricciardo attempted to chase down Räikkönen for the final podium spot whilst passing traffic.

Despite clawing the gap down to 1.5 seconds with 3 laps to go, Verstappen couldn’t get close enough to pass Hamilton to take the race win in the 71 lap race. Ricciardo couldn’t find a way through the Ferrari to claim a third place on the final lap.

144Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:27:09.066
233Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing1.469
37Kimi RaikkonenFINScuderia Ferrari4.764
43Daniel RicciardoAUSAston Martin Red Bull Racing5.193
577Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport22.943
65Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari26.997
716Charles LeclercMCNAlfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team44.199
88Romain GrosjeanFRAHaas F1 Team51.230
920Kevin MagnussenDENHaas F1 Team52.857
1011Sergio PerezMEXRacing Point Force India F1 Team1 Lap
1128Brendon HartleyNZLRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1 Lap
1255Carlos Sainz Jr.ESPRenault Sport Formula One Team1 Lap
1310Pierre GaslyFRARed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1 Lap
142Stoffel VandoorneBELMcLaren F1 Team1 Lap
1531Esteban OconFRARacing Point Force India F1 Team1 Lap
1635Sergey SirotkinRUSWilliams Martini Racing2 Laps
1714Fernando AlonsoESPMcLaren F1 Team2 Laps
1818Lance StrollCANWilliams Martini Racing2 Laps
DNF27Nico HulkenbergGERRenault Sport Formula One TeamMechanical/Lap 33
DNF9Marcus EricssonSWEAlfa Romeo Sauber F1 TeamMechanical/Lap 21

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