“This is one of the most beautiful feelings they’ve had,” says Lewis Hamilton after an incredible Sao Paulo GP weekend; Hamilton now 14 points behind Max Verstappen, who he overtook late on, with just three races remaining
Hamilton has now cut Verstappen’s title lead to 14 points, an outcome that looked incredibly unlikely after a qualifying disqualification and an engine penalty dropped him down the grid in both the Brazil races.
But Hamilton brilliantly won from 10th in Sunday’s Grand Prix, sealing his comeback with an overtake on his rival and wrestling back momentum with just three races to go in his bid for a record eighth crown.
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“Success always feels sweeter when you battle through adversity,” said Hamilton. “This is one of the most beautiful feelings I’ve had. Knowing I’ve had all those setbacks, but we never let that stand in our way. “
Lewis Hamilton says he feels overwhelmed after overcoming multiple setbacks to fight back from 10th on the grid and claim a memorable victory in Brazil.
Hamilton had only ever won from lower than sixth on the grid once in his career before Sunday – from 14th in Germany in 2018 – but charged through the field in a Mercedes car that was the class of Interlagos.
Sky F1’s Damon Hill, the 1996 world champion, called it “one of the best drives I’ve ever seen in F1 – by anyone”.
Hamilton responded in the press conference.
“It never gets old hearing positive comments from such a great driver in Damon,” he stated. “I remember being such a big fan of his when I was younger. I’ve always admired Damon and he’s always been super supportive and I really do appreciate that.
“From my own personal experience it’s been one of the most challenging if not the most challenging with the things that we’ve faced during the weekend. In terms of driving it’s maybe my best.”