Sport Verstappen takes victory in stunning Brazilian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton: Five key races in F1 world champion's 2019 title success
After he became a six-time world champion, we look at five key races in Lewis Hamilton's 2019 season.The Mercedes driver has won five of the last six drivers' championships, adding to his first success with McLaren back in 2008.
Max Verstappen made it worth the wait as he triumphed in a remarkable Brazilian Grand Prix, a year after an Interlagos victory was snatched from his grasp.
A cruel collision with back-marker Esteban Ocon 12 months ago saw Verstappen hand the lead to Lewis Hamilton, who went on to take the checkered flag.
Verstappen was so upset on that occasion that he took out his frustration on Ocon when remonstrating with the Frenchman after the race, and was handed a two-day 'public service' punishment.
This time it was world champion Hamilton who was left frustrated, frequently chuntering complaints from the cockpit as he and Verstappen vied for supremacy.
Verstappen tops Vettel to take second career pole in Brazil
World champion Lewis Hamilton had to settle for third place in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen on pole.The Red Bull driver finished 0.123 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in Saturday's session at Interlagos.
Victory after a series of dramas went to Verstappen, and rather than Hamilton it was Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly who finished second. Hamilton was provisionally third for Mercedes, but a late collision with Alex Albon threatened to affect that. Hamilton apologised after the race and a penalty looked likely.
Hamilton was unhappy with the choice of tyres - soft rather than medium - at the first change, and seemed repeatedly irked.
Amidst all the chaos and emotion of that final lap...
What a drive from this guy! It's Max's third win of 2019— Formula 1 (@F1)
Later Hamilton complained he was a "sitting duck" when Verstappen went to the pits for a third time as the safety car came out when Valtteri Bottas, his engine smoking, pulled over on the 54th lap.
McLaren proud of 'big step forward'
McLaren boss Andreas Seidl has talked up securing more podiums on "outright performance" after the success of Brazil.Sunday's Brazilian GP capped an outstanding year, as not only did Carlos Sainz secure his first podium, and the team's first since 2014, but his and Lando Norris' points sealed McLaren's fourth in the championship.
And that was exactly how it played out, Verstappen sweeping past Hamilton when racing resumed on the 60th lap, taking the lead at the first corner.
If Hamilton had a trying day, Ferrari had a nightmare. Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc were pushing to finish on the podium when they astonishingly collided on the 66th lap. Leclerc looked to go past his senior team-mate, who appeared to turn into him, resulting in a clash of tyres and a pair of blow-outs.
"What the hell? Come on!" snapped Leclerc, as the latest chapter in a tense rivalry between the team-mates unfolded, causing another safety car interruption.
Hamilton went to the pits for his third change, leaving him down in fourth as the 71-lap race neared its conclusion. As racing resumed, Hamilton went for broke and ran into Albon, Verstappen's team-mate who was also in the podium frame.
Verstappen, Red Bull building title momentum?
Mark Hughes assesses Red Bull's first season with Honda and whether Max Verstappen might be armed with an F1 2020 title contender.Five years into his F1 career and acknowledged as a potential world champion, the 22-year-old had still only won a handful of races in an era dominated by Mercedes and, to a lesser extent, Ferrari. The inference seemed pretty clear; if the Verstappens could not be convinced of Red Bull's long-term prospects as bona fide title contenders, they may have to look elsewhere after Max's current contract concludes at the end of 2020.
Gasly avoided the carnage and quietly moved up to second place, with Hamilton crossing the line in third, Carlos Sainz fourth and Kimi Raikkonen fifth.
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