With the fifth driver’s title already under his belt, Lewis Hamilton clinched constructor’s championship too for Mercedes at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.
The win at the Brazilian Grand Prix came as a surprise as Max Verstappen, the Red Bull driver, who was looking sure shot to win the race was robbed of a brilliant victory following a sensational collision with Esteban Ocon. Verstappen was leading the pack at the 43rd lap and was looking to lap out Force India’s Ocon who was racing wheel to wheel. To the utter shock of Verstappen, Ocon hit him from behind at this rear right which made the car spin and eventually made way for Lewis to lead. Verstappen then got a 5-second deficit to cover which proved too much by the end as he finished second.
It was Lewis Hamilton’s 10th victory of his championship-winning season with a timing of 1:27:09.066. This was also his second win at Brazil in his career. Kimi Raikkonen finished 3rd with his Ferrari but it was not enough to stop Hamilton’s Mercedes to win their 5th successive constructor’s championship.
Daniel Ricciardo took the 4th position for Red Bull ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who finished 5th and 6th respectively.
With Hamilton’s 5th drivers’ title clinched in Mexico, Mercedes have now equaled Ferrari’s record of 5 consecutive drivers’ and constructors’ championship doubles the Scuderia scored with Michael Schumacher between 2000 and 2004.
The record book will show only the victory and one that maintains an extraordinary record that illustrates Lewis Hamilton’s dominance for half a decade. He has now averaged 10 wins every season since 2014. Verstappen once again proved his credentials but ultimately the weekend belonged to Hamilton and Mercedes.
Only one race is left in 2018, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with nothing at stake but the Grand Prix itself.
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