Hamilton storms to fourth from last, Bottas second in Brazil

Interlagos, Brazil
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It was half bitter, half sweet for Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS in Brazil, as Lewis Hamilton started last after a crash in the qualifying, but finished fourth, two weeks after he got the fourth World Championship title. At the front, the pole man Valtteri Bottas was overtaken at the first turn by Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who eventually passed the finish line first.

First lap was a madness, as Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo got rear-ended, went off the track, returned, but needed to pit for new tires. Stoffel Vandoorne from McLaren and Sebastian Ocon from Force India, followed by Kevin Magnussen from Haas, left the race after half lap.

SAfety Car GP Brazil

The Safety Car was deployed until the area got cleaned. Going up to the 4th spot under the Safety Car, with the drivers ahead pitting and very happy about it, Max Verstappen said it was sunny when he was asked, from the pitwall, how everything went on the racetrack.

Bottas smashed the 2-second gap between him and Vettel when he returned on the racetrack after changing tires, but the German managed to move away and get the Finn off his back.

Vettel and Bottas GP Brazil

Starting last, Lewis Hamilton stayed at the top for lap after lap, delaying the moment of changing the soft tires until lap 44. The Brit came out on the track in the 5th spot, more than 18 seconds behind the leader Vettel and some 10 seconds behind Red Bull’s Verstappen. But he managed to overtake the Dutch at the 50th lap. Verstappen asked to pit three laps later: “These tires are horrible”, he said, but he was told to stay out. He eventually pitted and went out in the 5th position. Hamilton was going for the podium and almost caught Kimi Raikkonen at the very last lap, but was too far back to overtake him.

Bottas champagne GP Brazil

Sebastian Vettel wins the Brazilian Grand Prix, followed by Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and by teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Lewis Hamilton will have to settle for the fourth.


Pos No Driver Car Laps Time/Retired Pts
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 71 1:31:26.262 25
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 71 +2.762s 18
3 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 71 +4.600s 15
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 71 +5.468s 12
5 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 71 +32.940s 10
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 71 +48.691s 8
7 19 Felipe Massa Williams Mercedes 71 +68.882s 6
8 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 71 +69.363s 4
9 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 71 +69.500s 2
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 70 +1 lap 1
11 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 70 +1 lap 0
12 10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 70 +1 lap 0
13 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 70 +1 lap 0
14 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 70 +1 lap 0
15 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 69 +2 laps 0
16 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 69 +2 laps 0
NC 28 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 40 DNF 0
NC 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 0 DNF 0
NC 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 0 DNF 0
NC 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 0 DNF 0