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How Hamilton Persevered To Win In Brazil

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Lewis Hamilton achieved his 101st win at Sunday’s São Paulo Grand Prix.

No other driver has ever won a race starting lower than 8th on the grid at Interlagos, until now.

What a weekend. First, Lewis was disqualified from sprint qualifying regarding a technical issue with his rear wing. He then overtook 15 cars to finish P5.

Next, Hamilton was handed a five-place grid penalty for his fresh new engine on race day. Starting in P10 for the Grand Prix, he emerged through the pack.

That heated moment in lap 48 when Lewis and Max veered off the track made hearts skip a beat. Earlier today, Mercedes requested to review the incident. Battling it out though, Hamilton’s overtake in lap 59 for the lead was an impressive move. It was amazing on-track action that we all appreciated.

The only other time Lewis won from outside the top 6 in his career was when he started from 14th at Hockenheim in Germany in 2018. It takes true character and grit to find the strength to carry on when it seems as though the odds are against you from penalties and pit stop strategies.

I am so, so grateful for the incredible support I’ve had this weekend from the people of Brazil – I’ve not had this kind of support since Silverstone! To hear the crowd throughout the weekend has been really humbling. I’ve just been saying ‘Obrigado Brasil’ all weekend. What a race! The Team here and at the factory did an amazing job, and Valtteri did a great job today to get as many points as possible. I was pushing as hard as I could from last on grid yesterday, and then with another 5-place penalty today. This was, I think, the hardest weekend I’ve had. But my dad said ‘you reminded me of 2004’ when I was in Formula 3 in Bahrain – I started last and I finished 10th and then I finished 1st so, this one is for my dad. ” – Lewis Hamilton

What a brilliant drive. The seven-time champion was awarded driver of the day. This marked the 58th win for Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas as teammates for the Mercedes team.

Coming into this weekend I never, ever thought we’d be able to close the gap like we have today. And then things just kept going against us, but I think it really shows, just never give up. Whatever you’re facing, you’ve just got to keep pushing, keep tumbling away, keep fighting. Never, ever stop fighting. That’s how I’ve approached this weekend. It feels like a first because I don’t feel like I’ve had a win for a long time.” – Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has entered 285 Grands Prix, achieved 179 podiums, and amassed 4,096.5 points. The Brit is a seven-time world champion. Could we get number eight? Predictions were made on our recent Cut To The Race F1 podcast.

Lewis Hamilton powered through with perseverance. He has 318.5 points sitting second in the driver standings. Mercedes is first with 521.5 points in the constructor standings. Let’s see what happens in round 20 soon.

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