Hamilton vs. Verstappen - It Is NOT Over Yet!
Posted on 15th November 2021 at 16:20
Whoever you're supporting in this epic championship battle, every Formula 1 fan will agree - What a weekend they put on!
The Sao Paulo Grand Prix definitely provided plenty of entertainment from the get go. Starting with Lewis Hamilton being disqualified from qualifying on Friday after dominating the session due to a rear wing infringement. Essentially, the DRS (Drag Reduction System) on the Mercedes was 0.2mm over the 85mm allowance, which is illegal- demoting him to the back of the grid for the Sprint race on Saturday.
This set back was a huge hit to Hamilton’s championship hopes after coming to Brazil 19 points behind his championship challenger Max Verstappen, and already having a 5-place grid penalty for the Grand Prix due to a power unit change. It made the task of closing the gap to Max in the championship standings by the end of the weekend seem almost impossible for Lewis to acheive. However, Hamilton is a 7-time world champion, and he was about to show us why.
During the 24-lap sprint race, he fought his way from 20th to 5th place meaning that, after his penalty, he qualified in 10th position on the grid for the Grand Prix. With the whole paddock stunned, his momentum then continued into Sunday. With a great start, help from a safety car and a free overtake handed to him by his teammate, suddenly, Max had the Mercedes of Hamilton in his wing mirrors after taking the lead of the race into turn 1.
Once again, the championship battle poured out onto the track as they prepared to fight for the win. After the last two sprint race weekends having ended with the two phenomenal drivers tangling with each other, Lewis could not afford another DNF. First attack from Hamilton was met by a very strong defensive move from Max resulting in both cars going wide and the overtake failing. Your view on the defense is likely to depend on your favourite driver as many called for Max to be handed a penalty - regardless, the race stewards deemed it fair racing. The second attack saw Hamilton much closer to Max and with the slipstream, he managed to make the move stick and pull away from Verstappen on his way to take the chequered flag.
Hamilton won the Sao Paulo Grand Prix after 25 grid place penalties! Whether you are a fan of him or not, it was a world class drive from the reigning champion but more importantly, it reignited this fierce championship battle once again which means, the real winners are us getting to watch this unfold with only a few races to go.
What are your thoughts on the championship battle which will no doubt go down in history? Who is going to be crowned the 2021 Formula 1 World Champion?
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