Valtteri Bottas wins Brazil sprint race from Max Verstappen with Lewis Hamilton charging to FIFTH from last after disqualification… and Brit will now start from 10th for Sunday’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix

If Lewis Hamilton’s dream of signing off 2021 with an eighth world title was pummelled into submission in a subterranean room at the hands of four stewards, the champion defiantly and majestically refused to yield. Verstappen gradually got into his stride to finish runner-up to Bottas, extending his championship advantage to 21 points with 104 left on the table, including Sunday’s main event in one of motor racing’s most atmospheric amphitheatres. He will start on the front row alongside Verstappen, with Sainz and Perez on the second row. And that’s a mega sprint drive from Hamilton to take fifth place. Verstappen has an extra two points to his points tally and now leads Hamilton by 21 points in the title fight. We’re onto the final lap and surely Bottas has this Sprint race won now. Verstappen is back in DRS range of Bottas nine tenths behind the Finn. Verstappen drops out of the DRS zone on this lap so no pressure for Bottas. Verstappen is now just four tenths behind Bottas and the race is on. Verstappen is nearly in the DRS of Bottas as he is 1.2 seconds behind the Finn. Verstappen sets another fastest lap and is now 1.5 seconds behind Bottas. Verstappen takes another two tenths out of Bottas with 16 laps left. Verstappen has now set the fastest lap and is chasing Bottas while Hamilton is up to 12th and he now sets the fastest lap!. Big moves for the title challengers as Verstappen disposes of Sainz for second while Hamilton passes Tsunoda for 13th. Verstappen complains about his gears after his slow start. It’s a great start from, Bottas on the soft tyres to take the lead!. So going into the weekend Max Verstappen has a 19-point lead over Lewis Hamilton with four races remaining.

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