Lewis Hamilton’s new Mercedes engine helped deliver one of his most famous wins in Brazil… but why was it so quick and can the Brit rely on it lasting in the final three races as his intense title battle with Max Verstappen comes to the boil?

Much was made of Lewis Hamilton’s storming performance to go from 10th at the start of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix to passing chief title rival Max Verstappen in dramatic fashion to clinch a key win. It’s no secret that Hamilton had a brand new engine available to him for the race at Interlagos but the performance he gained from it stunned many at a venue where it was suspected Mercedes and Red Bull would be evenly matched. In the sprint race on Saturday, Hamilton’s top speed was 339km per hour, while Bottas was clocked running at just 303.2. After all, Bottas was also slower than Verstappen in a straight line, whose top speed was 317km per hour in his Honda powered Red Bull, which is not as fast as the Mercedes. Hamilton’s new power unit in Brazil was his fifth (relating to his five-place grid penalty on Sunday). The big question now is how much will Hamilton’s new pace packed engine degrade over the last three races?.

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