F1 Brazilian Grand Prix race results: Hamilton beats Verstappen in wild race

Lewis Hamilton won the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos in Sao Paulo on Sunday, storming through the field from 10th and passing title rival Max Verstappen for the lead with 12 laps to go.

F1 Brazilian Grand Prix race results: Hamilton beats Verstappen in wild race

Red Bull’s Verstappen passed the Mercedes of polesitter Valtteri Bottas at the first corner to lead, as Hamilton rose through the field from 10th on the grid.

After two attempts to pass Verstappen at Turn 4, including one time when Verstappen braked so late that he ran both cars off the track, Hamilton made the move stick at his third attempt to score a famous victory for Mercedes on a troubled weekend when he was disqualified after qualifying.

2021 Brazilian Grand Prix race results

Cla Driver Laps Time Interval Points
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 71 1:32'22.851   25
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen 71 1:32'33.347 10.496 18
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas 71 1:32'36.427 3.080 15
4 Mexico Sergio Perez 71 1:33'02.791 26.364 13
5 Monaco Charles Leclerc 71 1:33'12.368 9.577 10
6 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr 71 1:33'14.671 2.303 8
7 France Pierre Gasly 70 1 lap   6
8 France Esteban Ocon 70 1 lap   4
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 70 1 lap   2
10 United Kingdom Lando Norris 70 1 lap   1
11 Germany Sebastian Vettel 70 1 lap    
12 Finland Kimi Raikkonen 70 1 lap    
13 United Kingdom George Russell 70 1 lap    
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 70 1 lap    
15 Japan Yuki Tsunoda 70 1 lap    
16 Canada Nicholas Latifi 70 1 lap    
17 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin 69 2 laps    
18 Germany Mick Schumacher 69 2 laps    
  Australia Daniel Ricciardo 49      
  Canada Lance Stroll 47      

How the Brazilian Grand Prix unfolded

From pole position Bottas led Verstappen on the charge to Turn 1, where Max dived down the inside to grab the lead as he eased Valtteri on to the dirt on the exit. Bottas then ran wide at Turn 4, allowing Perez up to second place.

Behind them, McLaren’s Lando Norris clashed wheels with a slow-starting Carlos Sainz Jr (Ferrari) on the run to the first corner and sustained a left-rear puncture.

After his five-place grid penalty for an engine change, Hamilton vaulted up from 10th to seventh on the opening lap. He then passed Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin for sixth at the start of Lap 2, and Sainz there a lap later. By Lap 5, Hamilton was up to third after he passed the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and Bottas then let him past immediately.

Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri) clashed with Lance Stroll's Aston Martin at Turn 1 and required a new front wing, causing a safety car on Lap 6. The race resumed at the start of Lap 10 in the order Verstappen, Perez, Hamilton, Bottas, Leclerc and Sainz.

Mick Schumacher’s Haas clashed with Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen, costing him his front wing and causing a virtual safety car. After debris was cleared, the racing resumed once more on Lap 14 with Verstappen holding a 1.5s lead over Perez, who had Hamilton right behind him.

Hamilton got DRS for the first time on Lap 17 and swept past Perez around the outside of Turn 1 a lap later but Perez repassed him, with DRS of his own, on the run to Turn 4.

Hamilton overtook Perez earlier on the next lap, which helped him make the move stick. He was 3.9s in arrears of Verstappen at this point.

Hamilton pitted early on Lap 27, so Verstappen covered him a lap later. Hamilton had to pass Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren but closed to within 1.6s of Verstappen due to the undercut and set a sequence of fastest laps. Perez also pitted, allowing Bottas to lead.

Hamilton was on the verge of getting into Verstappen’s DRS range as the race went under virtual safety car again, due to Stroll losing part of his bargeboard on the start/finish straight, which allowed Bottas to get a cheap pitstop – moving him ahead of Perez.

Verstappen opted to stop again for more hard tyres on Lap 41, but got stuck behind a Williams as he left the pits. Bottas pitted a lap later from third, with Perez responding to that on the next tour.

Hamilton led Verstappen by 18s and pitted again on Lap 44, handing the lead back to Verstappen with a 2.7s gap between them, but with hard tyres that were three laps fresher.

Hamilton then pushed hard, setting fastest lap and cruising up to the rear wing of Verstappen. He got DRS on Lap 48 and tried to pass at Turn 4 but Verstappen braked incredibly late and forced them both wide and off the track, both cars clipping the grass as they rejoined. “That’s crazy,” said Lewis.

Hamilton regrouped for a couple of laps, then attacked again as the stewards reported no investigation was necessary. On Lap 58 Hamilton got another run into Turn 4, but wasn’t able to nose ahead this time.

A lap later, at the third attempt, Hamilton swept past him on the straight into Turn 4 and Verstappen could hold him off no longer. Verstappen was then shown a black and white flag for earlier weaving to try and break the tow.

Hamilton pulled away to win by 10.4s, with Verstappen taking an easy second ahead of Bottas and Perez. Leclerc and Sainz scored more solid points to maintain Ferrari’s advantage over McLaren in the constructors’ race, as Norris could only finish 10th and Ricciardo was forced out with a power unit issue.

The other points scorers were Gasly and the Alpines of Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso.

2021 Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix fastest laps

Cla Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap Interval km/h
1 Mexico Sergio Perez Red Bull 71 1'11.010     218.453
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 46 1'11.982 0.972 0.972 215.503
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull 47 1'12.486 1.476 0.504 214.005
4 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 49 1'12.526 1.516 0.040 213.887
5 Finland Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 54 1'12.621 1.611 0.095 213.607
6 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr Ferrari 63 1'12.710 1.700 0.089 213.346
7 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 61 1'12.822 1.812 0.112 213.018
8 France Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 53 1'13.227 2.217 0.405 211.839
9 Germany Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 69 1'13.634 2.624 0.407 210.668
10 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren 53 1'13.761 2.751 0.127 210.306
11 Germany Mick Schumacher Haas 66 1'13.793 2.783 0.032 210.215
12 Spain Fernando Alonso Alpine 37 1'13.922 2.912 0.129 209.848
13 Japan Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 62 1'14.204 3.194 0.282 209.050
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 44 1'14.227 3.217 0.023 208.985
15 United Kingdom George Russell Williams 45 1'14.355 3.345 0.128 208.626
16 France Esteban Ocon Alpine 48 1'14.430 3.420 0.075 208.415
17 Australia Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 40 1'14.443 3.433 0.013 208.379
18 Canada Nicholas Latifi Williams 57 1'14.616 3.606 0.173 207.896
19 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin Haas 36 1'14.954 3.944 0.338 206.958
20 Canada Lance Stroll Aston Martin 25 1'15.344 4.334 0.390 205.887

2021 Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix tyre history

(#1 and #2 triggered as cars drove through the pits during safety car period)

Cla Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton M 7 M 8 M 26 H 17 H 28    
2 Netherlands Max Verstappen M 7 M 8 M 27 H 13 H 31    
3 Finland Valtteri Bottas M 7 M 8 M 30 H 11 H 30    
4 Mexico Sergio Perez M 7 M 8 M 28 H 14 H 27 S 5
5 Monaco Charles Leclerc M 7 M 8 M 27 M 25 H 19    
6 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr M 7 M 8 M 26 M 27 H 18    
7 France Pierre Gasly M 7 M 8 M 25 H 26 H 19    
8 France Esteban Ocon M 7 M 8 M 30 H 40        
9 Spain Fernando Alonso M 7 M 8 M 34 H 36        
10 United Kingdom Lando Norris M 1 H 5 H 6 H 7 H 36 H 69
11 Germany Sebastian Vettel M 9 M 10 M 30 H 29 M 17    
12 Finland Kimi Raikkonen M 7 M 8 M 28 H 24 M 18    
13 United Kingdom George Russell M 6 H 1 H 2 H 35 H 29    
14 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi M 7 M 8 M 29 H 13 M 28    
15 Japan Yuki Tsunoda S 4 H 2 H 3 H 4 H 35 H 31
16 Canada Nicholas Latifi M 7 M 8 M 13 H 26 H 31    
17 Russian Federation Nikita Mazepin M 7 M 8 M 34 H 35        
18 Germany Mick Schumacher M 7 M 8 M 11 H 18 M 32 M 8
  Australia Daniel Ricciardo M 7 M 8 M 30 H 19        
  Canada Lance Stroll M 9 M 10 M 24 H 27        
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