A couple of weeks ago Lewis Hamilton grabbed his 5th World title and now the Briton has helped his team director rejoice over something too.
After Hamilton clinched the World Championship at the Mexican GP, his boss Toto Wolff wasn’t fully delighted. The reason was obvious— Scuderia Ferrari was right on their tail for the constructors’ title.
Brazilian GP saw Hamilton winning the race and Mercedes equalling Ferrari’s record of five consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championship doubles. The Autódromo José Carlos Pace saw Red Bull’s Max Verstappen displaying amazing driving skills. From P5, the Dutch claimed the 1st spot until bad luck hit him in the form of Esteban Ocon in the 44th lap.
Max was cruising ahead of Lewis with ease but in an unfortunate event, the Force India driver, who was a backmarker, crashed onto Max, leaving him spinning off the track. Hamilton made the most of the situation and regained his pole position. Esteban was slammed with a 10 second stop and go penalty for causing a crash.
The race ended with Lewis Hamilton being the first one to get past the chequered flag. Followed by Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen.
Post-match, Max Verstappen confronted Esteban Ocon in the paddock and the cameras captured the Dutch losing his temper and pushing Ocon multiple times. F1 punished him for the same. Max Verstappen must serve two days of public service after “pushing or hitting Esteban Ocon forcibly several times in the chest”.
With just one more race (Abu Dabhi GP) to go in the calendar, the results have made it nothing more than a formality. Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes AMG Petronas have stunned the motor-sport world again.