Lewis Hamilton has secured the 101st win of his career at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace this evening in Brazil.
After a race-long battle with the Red Bull of Max Verstappen, the Mercedes came off best and took the victory in this tight championship fight.
The battle will continue to Qatar following Hamilton’s win, after which he said; “What a race!
“The team did an amazing job. Valtteri did a great job to get as many points as possible.
“I was pushing as hard as I could. From last on the grid and then another five-place penalty I think was the hardest weekend I’ve had, but my dad reminded me of 2004 when I was in Formula 3 when I was in Bahrain when I started last and then I finished 10th, and then I finished first. So this one was for my dad.
“Coming into this weekend I never ever thought we would be able to close the gap like we had today.
“Then these things that just kept going against us but it really shows for everyone, never give up. Never, ever stop fighting and that’s how I’ve really approached this weekend.
“It feels like the first because I don’t feel like I’ve had a win for a long time.”
Speaking after the race, Max Verstappen said; “We tried everything we could today of course. It was a good battle but in the end, we just missed a little bit of pace. We gave it our all today, it was a lot of fun.
“We still have a good points lead. Today was a bit of damage limitation on a weekend that was difficult for us. I’m confident that in the coming races we will bounce back.”