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Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1st position, celebrates with a Brazilian flag in Parc Ferme
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How a Mercedes "Achilles' heel" cost Verstappen in Hamilton's Interlagos masterclass

The qualifying exclusion which forced Lewis Hamilton to start from the back of the 2021 Interlagos sprint appeared to put Max Verstappen in the box seat for the Brazilian Grand Prix. But a common issue for Mercedes this year for once worked against the Red Bull ace, as Hamilton's rapid Mercedes stormed to a memorable comeback win

Max Verstappen’s drive to win the 2021 Mexico City Grand Prix was that of a champion. Lewis Hamilton’s drive to win the main race of Formula 1’s 2021 visit to Brazil was that of a seven-time world champion.

Consider the stakes with so few races remaining. Consider the pressure all that post-qualifying disqualification controversy created. Consider just how scintillating plenty of those sprint race and grand prix passes were. Hamilton lived up to his legend.

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