Lewis Hamilton won the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday in one of his all-time great drives from 10th on the grid with championship leader Max Verstappen second to give a major boost to his quest for a record eighth world championship.
Hamilton had to overcome a mountain of adversity with his first win since Russia which left him 14 points adrift of Verstappen with three races of the season remaining.
The Mercedes seven-time world champion’s teammate Valtteri Bottas, who started on pole, took third.
With a new engine, Hamilton produced a peerless Sunday afternoon drive that was anything but sedate to overcome penalty points after his car was judged to have breached technical rules on Friday and notch up win number 101.
That saw him demoted from pole to last in Saturday’s sprint race where he took fifth to leave him 10th on Sunday’s Interlagos grid after another penalty for what Mercedes hoped would be their trump card now under the bonnet.
After overtaking 24 cars over 24 hours, and allying all his innate skill to his car’s greater power in the straights and Mercedes’ foot perfect team tactics, Hamilton was top of the podium, a couple of rungs higher than some of even the most favourable forecasts.