Lewis Hamilton on Verstappen’s crash: “It’s all over” / Formula 1

Second place to Lewis Hamilton at the traditional Interlagos circuit in São Paulo, the seven-time champion has only George Russell to bow to. He talks about the collision with Max Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton’s strong performance at the São Paulo Grand Prix at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace: the Mercedes driver finished second and stood on the podium for the 191st time in his Formula 1 career – but ahead of the sun for his first win of the season, he of all people is comfortable with his young stablemate fellow George Russell.

Fans were excited to see what would happen at the end of the thrilling race: how much would Russell and Hamilton fight? Would there even be a collision? Would the order come from the command post to hold positions?

None of that as it turned out. George Russell was simply too fast for Hamilton to have a real attacking chance. Lewis thus has the only chance to avoid a winless season, and that is at the World Cup final in Abu Dhabi.

37-year-old Hamilton after the race: “The whole week here has been amazing. I’m really happy for the whole team after all the hard work.”

How could Mercedes perform so well in Brazil? Lewis: “Honestly, I don’t know. We were fast from the first lap and the weekend went smoothly. Sure, we made progress, but we didn’t have any new parts here. I think the answer ultimately comes down to two factors – we understand our car better now and the rivals may not have had the best weekend.”

How does Lewis see the collision with Verstappen? “There’s not much to say about that. When the car touched, I was convinced – it’s over. I thought, ‘Damn! I cost the team one-two!” Then I immediately went into rescue mode: ‘What else can I get out of here?’ Of course, I’m glad we were able to achieve a one-two in the end. Big kudos to George, he did a great job.”

“For the team, this result is very fundamental, shortly before the winter break. It’s a morale boost for everyone who can now clearly see how all their hard work is paying off. That gives courage for the 2023 season.”

São Paulo-GP, Autodromo José Carlos Pace

01. George Russell (GB), 1:38:34.044h
02. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes, +1.529 sec
03. Carlos Sainz (E), Ferrari, +4.051
04. Charles Leclerc (MC), Ferrari, +8.441
05. Fernando Alonso (L), Alpine, +9.561
06. Max Verstappen (NL), Red Bull Racing, +10.056
07. Sergio Perez (MEX), Red Bull Racing, +14,080
08. Esteban Ocon (F), Alpine, +18.690
09. Valtteri Bottas (FIN), Alfa Romeo, +22.552
10. Lance Stroll (CDN), Aston Martin, +23.552
11. Sebastian Vettel (D), Aston Martin, +26.183
12. Guanyu Zhou (RC), Alfa Romeo, +29.325
13. Mick Schumacher (D), Haas, +29.899
14. Pierre Gasly (F), AlphaTauri, +31.867
15. Alex Albon (T), Williams, +36.016
16. Nicholas Latifi (CDN), Williams, +37.038
17. Yuki Tsunoda (J), AlphaTauri, +1 Round
Out
Lando Norris (GB), McLaren, Electrics
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS), McLaren, collision with Magnussen
Kevin Magnussen (DK), Haas, collision with Ricciardo

Championship status (after 21 of 22 races)

Driver
01. Verstappen 429 points
02. Leclerc 290
03. Perez 290
04. Russell 265
05. Hamilton 240
06. Sainz 234
07. Norris 113
08. Ocon 86
09. Alonso 81
10. Bottas 49
11. Vettel 36
12. Ricciardo 35
13. Magnussen 25
14. Gaseous 23
15. Walk 14
16. Schumacher 12
17. Tsunoda 12
18. Zhou 6
19. Albon 4
20. Latif 2
21. DeVries 2
22. Nico Hulkenberg (D) 0

Constructors’ Cup
01. Red Bull Racing 719 Points
02. Ferrari 524
03. Mercedes 505
04. Alpine 167
05. McLaren 148
06. Alfa Romeo 55
07. Aston Martin 50
08. Haas 37
09. AlphaTauri 35
10. Williams 8

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