Lewis Hamilton WINS 2018 Brazil GP While Verstappen and Ocon Clash – RACE REPORT

Lewis Hamilton WINS 2018 Brazil GP While Verstappen and Ocon Clash – RACE REPORT

Wow – what a race the Brazil GP was! After a calm start, we were seeing battles throughout the race along with incredible pace from both Red Bull Racing drivers – especially Max Verstappen who made his way through the grid, putting pressure on both Mercedes drivers.

Following the race, we also found out that Mercedes were nursing a problem on their car and in true Brazil GP style, despite the calm start, we had a twist towards the end of the race with leader-at-the-time, Max Verstappen and Esteban Ocon coming together. (Read live-updates here)

A lot has since been said on social media following this incident however, personally – I think both drivers are at fault and this is something which could have been avoided.

Max Verstappen had everything to lose – he was in the lead, this was his race to win especially with the incredible pace he found however, whilst in the lead – he made a move past Esteban Ocon, not giving enough room and closing the gap a bit too early. If he had given that little bit more room – this would have been avoided and without a doubt, he would have won the race.

At the same time, I can also see why Esteban Ocon didn’t want to lose more time as he was entitled to race however, he shouldn’t have been battling with Verstappen as that wasn’t his race.

On social media, you’ll be able to see the two pushing each other and as I’m writing this, Max Verstappen has been given two days of public service as punishment.

This clash allowed Hamilton to sweep past, taking the win for Mercedes who won the Constructors’ Championship for another year – a blow to Ferarri despite Raikkonen on the podium. Vettel on the other hand was further back…

Below, you’ll be able to see driver interviews and reaction from the race along with fun photos from the weekend including celebrations in full-swing at Mercedes.

MERCEDES – 2018 Brazil Grand Prix

LEWIS HAMILTON

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Lewis Hamilton: “That’s real history in the making for the team. If I were to stop today with Mercedes, I would always remember this day and that I was a part of it and that’s so cool.”

“This has been a seriously tough year and everyone on this team has fought so hard, harder than we’ve ever fought and we’re the most united that we’ve ever been – which is not expected when you’ve had success in previous years and could easily drop the ball. The guys have been continuing to raise the bar.”

“Today was such a tough race for me, but I really wanted to deliver and win this for the team. It has such a big knock-on effect; everyone on the team can now go into the last race and into the winter, knowing that they won the world title and that they’re legends.”

“I am so grateful for all the hard work – here at the track, back home at the factories, at PETRONAS and all of our partners – I’m so proud to be part of this team.”

“I’m actually kind of nervous to go back to the factories and hear the roar – I think the atmosphere is going to be incredible. I didn’t expect the Red Bulls to be in the race like that today, I thought they’d be in a similar pace to us, but they were quite a bit quicker.”

“We struggled with the tyres in the first stint and they were able to manage the tyres better than us. In the second stint, I was on the Medium tyre and had an issue with the engine, so I was really just trying to bring the car across the line.”

“Max passed me which was painful, but then they had an issue and all of a sudden I was back in the lead. I was on the radio, telling my engineers “I don’t want to give it up, tell me what I need to do” – I was pushing so hard at the end, taking every risk to bring it home with a win.”

“This is a high, but I want to stay on that wave and win the next race as well.”

VALTTERI BOTTAS

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Valtteri Bottas: “I’m really happy and proud to be part of this team. This is down to hard work by every single team member, both back at the factories in Brackley and Brixworth as well as here at the race track – they really deserve this title!”

“It’s usually only a few people who are in the spotlight all the time, but there are many, many hidden heroes in our team – thank you all!”

“We kept everything together even under immense pressure, minimised our mistakes and did a great job developing the car – huge congratulations to everyone.”

“The race today was a bit tricky; everything went as planned at the start and we could gain the lead at the beginning, but after that it got more difficult.”

“In the first stint, I was struggling with overheating the tyres, in the second stint, I was struggling with blistering on the Mediums, so we had to stop a second time.”

“I think we didn’t quite have the pace today. It was a slightly tougher race than I expected, I was a bit more optimistic before the race, but overall it is a great day for Mercedes.”

TOTO WOLFF

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Toto Wolff: “We just wrote Championship history – but winning the fifth double World Championship feels so surreal. Who would have thought this would be possible when we embarked on this mission eight years ago?”

“If anyone had mentioned this record back then, we would have told them they are crazy. And yet, here we are today, having just equalled the Ferrari record from the Schumacher years.”

“It’s a great honour to represent Mercedes on the track and I can’t thank everyone enough for their great work, both here at the track and in Brackley and Brixworth, and also for the continued support from Daimler in Stuttgart and PETRONAS in Kuala Lumpur and Turin.”

“None of this would have been possible without their contributions and without the hard work and the passion of everyone on the team.”

“I had a conversation with Lewis on Sunday night in Mexico; he had just won his fifth world championship, but both of us were not fully satisfied – because our objective was to win both titles.”

“That’s why he was fighting so hard today because he wanted to finish this on a high, win the race and win the constructors’ championship for the team.”

“Valtteri had a trickier season than Lewis, but he has improved his performance this year and played a vital role for this championship success. Five consecutive titles – I’m immensely proud of this amazing achievement!”

FERRARI – 2018 Brazil Grand Prix

SEBASTIAN VETTEL

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Sebastian Vettel:Obviously, this was not an easy race and I am not happy with sixth place. I tried to do my best, but the car was difficult to drive and I even struggled to drive on the straights.”

“However, I am happy that Kimi got to the podium, because it is a good result for us, even if we didn’t win the Constructors’ Championship.”

“Honestly, I don’t think it was an advantage for us to start on Soft tyres, because the Supersofts lasted longer than expected, but that’s how it was.”

“The first part of my start was going well, but then the second was not that good, as I had nowhere to go with Lewis in front of me. I think we just didn’t have enough grip in the second part of the “esses”, Lewis and Valtteri worked together and I had no chance.”

“Also, Lewis was a little bit quicker on the brakes to give Valtteri the outside line and then in lap 2 or 3 Max passed us as he was faster.”

“There’s not much to say as this year Mercedes has been stronger than us and we can only congratulate them…”

KIMI RAIKKONEN

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Kimi Raikkonen:It was a nice exciting race. We had good battles throughout and the car was working well during the whole race. The speed was there and we had no particular issues.”

“The first set of tyres was very good at the start and I was really happy, but then I destroyed them a little bit trying to pass the Mercedes.”

“Once we changed the tires the car was absolutely fine; we kind of knew that once we pitted we could have gone past them. After that the behaviour of the car was still very good, but at that point we were a bit too late, as it had taken too long for us to get there.”

“As for the strategy, we did what we thought was the best for us. We can always debate many things, but today we made the best of it.”

“Obviously it is not the greatest of results, but I don’t think we could have got more; we did not make any mistakes and fought hard.”

“As for the Constructors’ Championship we knew that it would have been difficult; we did our best, but unfortunately it was not enough. The best team won this year, that’s how it goes…”

MAURIZIO ARRIVABENE

Maurizio Arrivabene:Unfortunately, even though Kimi finished on the podium today, we were unable to reach our goal, which was to keep the battle going for the Constructors’ title.”

“Right from the formation lap, we became aware of a problem with a sensor on Seb’s car. This meant that, for the whole race, he had to run different settings to those we would have normally used and that made the car difficult to drive. Congratulations to Mercedes on taking the teams’ title.”

RED BULL RACING – 2018 Brazil Grand Prix

DANIEL RICCIARDO

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Daniel Ricciardo:I’m happy with my race, I’m happy with all the Team’s efforts but still a bit disappointed to just miss out on the podium. I caught Kimi and could see the podium but unfortunately it just wasn’t quite enough.”

“The strategy was spot on once again so we can’t fault ourselves at all. I had fun and some great battles, especially my pass on Bottas. I told the team on the radio I was going for it and I made it stick.”

“The battle with Seb was cool, I think we maybe touched once or twice, but I’ve always respected him and the way he races. We’ve had some on-track battles before, at times it gets slightly heated, but I believe we know where each other’s limits are.”

“It’s frustrating because every time we have a penalty we seem to have a fast car, if we started closer to the front I’m confident we could have had a really good result.”

“It’s bitter sweet I guess, we did well but if we had started where I qualified we could have done better, you can’t ask for much starting start from 11th.”

”  Anyway, I have no regrets from the race, I did all I could and I know the team did, so it is what it is. With the pace we had today I really have some optimism going to Abu Dhabi.”

“I feel like that’s a stronger track for us than this, so maybe we can go there and drink some fake champagne!”

MAX VERSTAPPEN

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Max Verstappen:First of all I want to thank the Team. The car felt amazing all race, even with a damaged floor towards the end. The set-up, balance and strategy were perfect today.”

“To be this competitive at a track we didn’t expect to be is really positive, and makes me look forward to Abu Dhabi. We have come away with a P2, which should have been a win.”

“This shows we were performing really well, beyond expectations. It is a real shame we didn’t come away with the win due to the incident with Ocon.”

“Of course a backmarker can un-lap himself but he took an unnecessary amount of risk, especially against the race leader. They gave him the penalty for causing a collision so I think that says enough.”

“At the end of the day I am a passionate sportsman that wants to win, this situation is frustrating and shows emotion when competing at the highest level.”

It is now important to take the positives from the race and the rest of the weekend and carry on the momentum into Abu Dhabi.”

PHOTOS FROM THE WEEKEND

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