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Hamilton breaks another record as Mercedes match Ferrari

Hamilton breaks another record as Mercedes match Ferrari

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Hamilton breaks another record as Mercedes match Ferrari

Hamilton breaks another record as Mercedes match Ferrari
GPFans Staff

Lewis Hamilton overcame a qualifying disqualification and a five-place grid penalty to take an incredible São Paulo Grand Prix victory.

Starting 10th on the grid, the Mercedes driver carved through the top half of the field before out-duelling championship rival Max Verstappen in what is sure to be deemed an all-time classic race.

Valtteri Bottas picked up third as Mercedes opened up a small gap in the constructors' standings, with Ferrari also excelling over rivals McLaren in the battle for third.

Here are the best stats and facts from Interlagos.

Mercedes match legendary Ferrari duo

Hamilton's victory notched win number 58 for the partnership between the Briton and Bottas.

This equals the tally amassed by legendary Ferrari partners Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello between 2000 and 2005 in the years the German added five drivers' titles to his two earned in 1994 and 1995.

Hamilton's unique charge

The win for seven-time champion Hamilton was only the second in his career when starting outside the top six, following his triumph in Germany when starting from 14th at Hockenheim in 2018.

It was also the first time a driver had won from outside the top eight at Interlagos since F1 began racing in São Paulo in 1972.

What grid penalty?

Hamilton became just the fourth driver in F1 history to win a race after a grid penalty, following in the wheel-tracks of Sir Jackie Stewart [Britain 1969], Kimi Raikkonen [Japan 2005] and Jenson Button [Hungary 2006].

Brazil and Hamilton on a tie

Incredibly, Hamilton's 101st F1 victory ensured he matches the host nation's entire F1 win tally.

Emerson Fittipaldi, Carlos Pace, Nelson Piquet, Ayrton Senna, Barrichello and Felipe Massa have all tasted the winner's champagne.

Perez bookend's Red Bull history

Red Bull's latest driver Sergio Perez finished fourth with a crucial fastest lap in Brazil on what was his 210th grand prix start.

That matches the starts made by the first Red Bull backed driver Gerhard Berger, who drove between 1984 and 1997.

Sainz adds to hot streak

Carlos Sainz assisted Ferrari's push for best of the rest behind Mercedes and Red Bull with P6 at Interlagos, behind team-mate Charles Leclerc.

This extended his points-finishing streak to 12 races, the longest active streak on the grid, which stretches back to the Styrian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo's retirement blues return after absence

Ricciardo's retirement for McLaren brought to an end the longest active finishing streak in F1.

The Australian had finished 34 races in a row ahead of the weekend, a run lasting since his last retirement in Austria last year.

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