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2021 Sao Paulo Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Mexico appeared to be a championship defining moment for Verstappen. Brazil now appears to be a championship defining moment for Hamilton, especially considering the next three tracks. This championship has reverted to being wide open again.

EVENT: It's interesting how the Brazilian fans are now all in on Lewis Hamilton, considering what he "took away" from their fellow countryman, Felipe Massa, back in 2008. In Brazil, no less.

TRACK: Whether it's called the Brazil GP or Sao Paulo GP, as long as it still takes place at Interlagos, we don't care.

QUALIFYING: For the second race in a row on a non-Mercedes track, the Silver Arrows gets the best time until Hamilton's car is DQ'ed. Meanwhile, Gasly has another superb fifth place qualifier time and Russell is outqualified by a Williams teammate for the first time ever.

SPRINT START: Bottas gets a lightning start, Sainz gets an even better jump also passing Verstappen as Max regrets the medium tire choice, and Hamilton begins his march.

SPRINT: No doubt, the story of the Sprint is Hamilton, in just 24 laps, going from last to fifth. Upfront was also interesting as Verstappen couldn't do anything about Bottas. Overall, showing Mercedes continues to do better than expected at Interlagos.

RACE: Dominated by the Hamilton comeback story culminating in a brilliant setup and pass for the win.

START: This time Verstappen gets the solid start to jump into the lead, Bottas once again chokes when it matters most falling behind Perez as well, and in a repeat Hamilton begins his march.

HAMILTON: Experience showed, as Lewis took the lessons of his first pass attempt, and applied them with a perfect setup many corners before actually making the pass.

MERCEDES: Keep pulling performances out of the hat.

RED BULL: While they are suspicious of the archrivals' speed gains.

FERRARI: Could not have asked for a better result (their second 5-6 in a row) in their battle with McLaren.

MCLAREN: Shot themselves in the foot again in their battle with Ferrari.

NORRIS: That one was on you Lance, as you didn't judge where your former teammate was.

GASLY: Single-handedly powering AlphaTauri to a tie with Alpine in the battle for fifth.

WILLIAMS: We get the feeling they have stopped worrying about this year, since they essentially have eighth place locked up and are not going any higher, to spend all their efforts on finishing the 2022 car.

FIA: When it comes to technical infractions, there is essentially no wiggle room. It's either legal or not. You can't be partially pregnant. They made the right call on Hamilton's car after qualifying.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Comeback.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 25 -- The number of places Hamilton made up over the weekend (15 in the sprint and 10 in the race).

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: Damon Hill: "That was one of the best drives I've ever seen in F1. By anyone. Utterly awesome. #F1"

QUOTES OF THE WEEKEND: Dripping with sarcasm, both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen deliver during their intense battle. First, after being told Verstappen will not be penalized for pushing him off track, Hamilton said, "Of course." Then, when Verstappen is told he received a warning for weaving on the front straight, he said, "Yeah perfect. Say hi."

SCHEDULE: A tripleheader on three different continents is ridiculous, as the freight issues from Mexico to Brazil showed. And that was at least in the same hemisphere.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Hamilton 71
2. Verstappen 71
3. Bottas 71
4. Perez 71
5. Leclerc 71
6. Sainz 71
7. Gasly 70
8. Ocon 70
9. Alonso 70
10. Norris 70
11. Vettel 70
12. Raikkonen 70
13. Russell 70
14. Giovinazzi 70
15. Tsunoda(R) 70
16. Latifi 70
17. Mazepin(R) 69
18. Schumacher(R) 69
NC Ricciardo 49
NC Stroll 47

Time of Race
1:32:22.851

Margin of Victory
10.496 secs.

Safety Car
1 for 3 laps

Virtual Safety Car
2 for 5 laps

Lead Changes
6 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas

Fastest Race Lap
Sergio Perez

Pole Position
Valtteri Bottas

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Verstappen 332.5
2. Hamilton 318.5
3. Bottas 203
4. Perez 178
5. Norris 151
6. Leclerc 148
7. Sainz 139.5
8. Ricciardo 105
9. Gasly 92
10. Alonso 62
11. Ocon 50
12. Vettel 42
13. Stroll 26
14. Tsunoda(R) 20
15. Russell 16
16. Raikkonen 10
17. Latifi 7
18. Giovinazzi 1

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 521.5
2. Red Bull 510.5
3. Ferrari 287.5
4. McLaren 256
5. Alpine 112
  AlphaTauri 112
7. Aston Martin 68
8. Williams 23
9. Alfa Romeo 11
 
 

2021 Thoughts
Bahrain Emilia Romagna Portugal Spain Monaco
Azerbaijan France Steiermark Austria Great Britain
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Russia Turkey United States Mexico City
Sao Paulo Qatar Saudi Arabia Abu Dhabi

2020 Thoughts
Austria Steiermark Hungary Great Britain Anniversary
Spain Belgium Italy Tuscany
Russia Eifel Portugal Emilia Romagna
Turkey Bahrain Sakhir Abu Dhabi

2019 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
Mexico United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2018 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2017 Thoughts
Australia China Bahrain Russia
Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2016 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Russia Spain
Monaco Canada Europe Austria
Great Britain Hungary Germany Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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