Prior to Brazil only one of the seven world champions Hamilton’s 100 wins – over 284 starts – was in the lower tiers of the grid (he won from 14th place in Germany in the year 2018).
He did it two times at Interlagos and climbed up to 10th on the grid in order to get his sixth win this season. This was the most spectacular comeback that the track has ever witnessed – and there was no previous winner from a lower position than eighth.
Second place in Brazil is Max Verstappen’s 15th top two finish in his 19 races this year, however it wasn’t the top step of the podium that the Dutchman was looking for prior to the race weekend.
He said he was “satisfied” by the results and is Red Bull team mate Sergio Perez to thank for taking the fastest lap time point from Hamilton in the final lap to minimize the loss in the championship.
Ferrari are enjoying an incredible run of form, with the Scuderia taking both cars into the top eight positions for the fourth consecutive race. The team, with Charles Leclerc fifth and Carlos Sainz sixth scoring 18 points at the Grand Prix for the third time in succession.
Leclerc’s 10th top five finishing Leclerc’s 10th top-five finish, and Sainz added the most streak of points that any other driver has ever had to 12 race. Their total haul places Ferrari 31.5 points ahead from McLaren in the race for third place in the constructors championship.
Daniel Ricciardo showed better pace during his race at the Grand Prix than in Saturday’s F1 Sprint, which allowed Ricciardo to rise to the front of the pack and into be in contention for points.
A power outage led to his first stop of the season , and his one of the first retirements in the last two years since Austria 2020. This ends a 34 race finishing streak, and leaves only one point finishing in the final four races.
Mercedes could have been an unbeatable speed at Interlagos however, their weekend was destined to be an arduous one from the time they decided to replace Hamilton’s vehicle with a brand new engine, which resulted in an eight-place grid penalty.
The situation got more difficult after he was disqualified from qualifying because of an offence to the rear wing. However, Bottas performed his task on Saturday, taking the Sprint while Hamilton recuperating to a fantastic fifth.Then the following day, Hamilton took nine positions to take the win, and Bottas was able to bounce back from a slow start to claim his very first win since Turkey and earn Mercedes an unprecedented double-platinum since Netherlands. They are now ahead of Red Bull by 11 points.
Yuki Tsunoda, and his AlphaTauri team were aggressive as the only team to race on the soft tyre along with the rest of the race on more robust mediums.
It seemed like a great move when The Japanese driver made some gains through the field, however the collision on the other side with Lance Stroll at the first corner after just a few laps shattered his front wing. after he retreated to the pits and re-joined the race, the injury impacted his speed, and he finished in 15th.
There was a brighter outlook regarding the second AlphaTauri, Pierre Gasly’s amazing 2021 season going on. Gasly’s Frenchman has racked up a series of wins, including one of the Alpines that include Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon and finished seventh.
It’s his 13th top finished season-long and is four points removed from his most successful season-long score in F1. His result also ensured AlphaTauri remains to the same points as Alpine in the constructors’ championship.
There were highs and lowests with Mick Schumacher in his rookie season. Brazil has been one of the races that witnessed a little of both.
He had a strong start, running three spots above his grid spot in 15th, but was unable to spot the timing of his pass to Kimi Raikkonen in Turn 1 which resulted in collision with an Alfa Romeo that broke his front wing.
He returned to the pits to fit his new nose, however, the racer had lost a lot of time and had to endure an unpopular race.
Winner: Valtteri Bottas
It’s true that Bottas was unable to turn pole into victory However, he was able to recover from a bad start and then stepped away to let title-chasing teammate Hamilton through, and then having a strong enough run that, when the VSC was launched into the air, he was in position to benefit and then leapfrog Perez for the top podium position.