After a Sao Paulo classic, a gripping showdown for Lewis Hamilton & Max Verstappen

Despite that, this will go down in the annals as one of Hamilton’s defining performances. If Verstappen had won at Interlagos, the Red Bull driver would have been able to finish second behind Hamilton at all the remaining races and still win the title. Verstappen braked late on the inside, missed the apex and slid wide, his trajectory requiring Hamilton to take action to avoid a collision and resulting in both cars going wide into the run-off area. Verstappen said: “We both of course tried to be ahead into the corner so I braked a bit later to try to keep the position and the tyres were already a bit worn so I was already on the edge of grip. “I kind of dummied him into Turn One,” Hamilton said. This is why Verstappen was fiddling with Hamilton’s rear wing after qualifying – for which he was fined 50,000 euros. Verstappen had won the last two races, including a crushing performance in Mexico a week ago. Verstappen believes Mercedes’ straight-line advantage will lessen as Hamilton’s engines use up life over the remaining races. “This year’s been so difficult, really, for us,” Hamilton said.

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