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F1 Sao Paulo Station: Hamilton takes the 10th place on the grid and climbs to the top | Verstappen | Bottas

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[Epoch Times November 15, 2021](Epoch Times reporter Wang Yezhi comprehensive report) On November 14, local time, the 19th station of the F1 Grand Prix this season-Sao Paulo stands at the Interlagos circuit in Brazil Held. Mercedes British driver Hamilton (Lewis Hamilton) replaced the internal combustion engine in his car, started from tenth, overtook all the way, and finally won his sixth championship of the season. Red Bull Dutch driver Max Verstappen finished second, and another Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas finished third.

Due to the impact of the epidemic, the F1 “Brazilian Grand Prix” was absent last year and returned this year and was renamed the “São Paulo Grand Prix”. This is the last race in the American continent this season. Countless classic races have been staged at the Interlagos circuit. Compared with the previous two races, this counterclockwise track will have more chances of overtaking, the track is shorter, and the drivers need to run more laps. It is expected that the race will be more interesting.

In the qualifying sprint on Saturday, Mercedes driver Bottas ranked first and won pole position; Verstappen was second and Ferrari’s Sainz was third. Hamilton, who started from the 20th place, staged an overtaking show and finished in fifth place; but because his car replaced the internal combustion engine, the British will be punished and retreated 5 places, which means that he will be out of place in the race. Ten places to start.

On Sunday, the five red lights went out for the race, and the game officially began. Verstappen, who was in second place, made a good start. Before entering the first corner, he overtook Bottas; the latter was squeezed out of the track for a time, and Perez also seized the opportunity to complete the overtaking. In this way, the two Red Bull racing cars occupied the top two positions and made a fantastic start.

On November 14, 2021, the F1 Sao Paulo Grand Prix was held at the Interlagos Circuit in Brazil. After the race started, Verstappen drove the Red Bull car into the first corner. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Hamilton surpassed four consecutive cars in the starting stage, rising from tenth to sixth. Subsequently, he easily surpassed Sainz and Leclerc by virtue of his racing advantage, and exchanged positions with teammate Bottas. Xiaohan also thanked the teammate who was about to leave Mercedes on the radio. The race only lasted 5 laps, and the British surpassed seven cars in a row and rose to third place, after two rounds of Red Bull.

On lap 6, due to the collision between Kakuda Yuyi and Stroll at Turn 1, a lot of debris remained on the track, and a safety car was dispatched. The game resumed on lap 10. Verstappen and Perez held their positions, followed by Hamilton, Bottas and Leclerc.

After that, Hamilton chased Perez. The two had a fight. On lap 18, Hamilton walked until he succeeded in overtaking, but Perez immediately completed the overtake. After one lap, Perez still failed to defend at Turn 1. Xiao Han completed the overtaking again and immediately widened the gap between the two to more than 1 second.

After 20 laps, Hamilton was still 3.9 seconds behind leader Verstappen. On lap 27, Hamilton pitted and was sixth after leaving the station. One lap later, Verstappen also pitted, and he was ranked before Ricardo after leaving the station. But Hamilton quickly surpassed Ricardo and narrowed the gap with Verstappen to 1.7 seconds.

On lap 29, Perez pitted and Bottas was in the lead. Soon, Stoll punctured and the virtual safety car was dispatched. Bottas seized the opportunity to complete the pit stop. After exiting the stop, he overtook Perez and gained a three-second advantage.

On lap 41, Verstappen completed a second stop and returned to the track, about 20.1 seconds behind Hamilton. There were still 30 laps before the end of the race. On lap 44, Hamilton also pitted to change tires. He originally wanted to change to a neutral tyre, but the team believed that the neutral tyre could not last until the end of the race. As a result, he also changed to a hard tyre and was 2.6 seconds behind Verstappen after leaving the station.

On November 14, 2021, the F1 Sao Paulo Grand Prix was held at the Interlagos Circuit in Brazil. The picture shows the Mercedes car (middle) driven by Hamilton when cornering during the race. (CARL DE SOUZA/AFP via Getty Images)

After changing the tires, Hamilton continuously set the fastest lap time. On lap 48, Hamilton chased behind Verstappen and tried to overtake, but Verstappen delayed the brakes and rushed into the buffer zone with Xiaohan, struggling to hold onto his position. But Hamilton did not give up. On lap 58, he tried to overtake again, but Verstappen blocked the overtaking route. After a lap, Hamilton finally seized the opportunity at Turn 4, surpassed his opponent to rise to the top, and quickly opened the gap between the two to about 2 seconds.

Verstappen was warned by the game because he changed lanes many times on the track. After that, Verstappen also gave up the pursuit of Hamilton. In the end, Hamilton took the lead from 10th to cross the line and climbed onto the highest podium. This is also his 101st victory in F1 career. Verstappen won the runner-up and Bottas won the third runner-up. The drivers ranked fourth to tenth are: Perez, Leclerc, Sainz, Gasley, Ocon, Alonso and Norris who won the fastest lap. A total of 12 drivers were trapped in this race.

After this station, Verstappen continued to lead with 332.5 points; Hamilton ranked second with 318.5 points. The gap between the two was reduced to 14 points. With three races left in the season, Hamilton still has the opportunity to attack the championship. Bottas ranked third with 203 points, and Perez ranked fourth with 178 points.

On November 14, 2021, at the F1 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Mercedes British driver Lewis Hamilton won the championship. The picture shows Hamilton celebrating with the team staff after the race. (NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images)

In the team rankings, the Mercedes team, which has won the championship and the third place, ranked first with 521.5 points; the Red Bull team trailed by 11 points with 510.5 points, ranking second; the Ferrari team had 287.5 points, further expanding Leading advantage over McLaren. McLaren ranked fourth with 256 points.

Editor in charge: Zheng Huang

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