Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium after taking victory ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen
15 Noviembre, 2017, 10:23
It kick-started a phenomenal performance which Hamilton said was inspired by a need for redemption.
"If you consider starting from the pit lane, to end up 5.4 seconds behind the leader is quite astonishing".
It was Ferrari's first complete weekend in months.
"Pace-wise, it was very, very close", said Bottas, who trails Vettel by 22 points with 25 remaining in the battle for second in the drivers' standings. They finally delivered and showed they could have taken this to the wire but for the races in Singapore, Malaysia and Japan that cost them dear.
After an early safety car period to sort through the mess, Hamilton was calmly making his way through the field, providing much of the entertainment. He failed to do so.
With the team recovering from a slow start to the season, Verstappen has won two of the last four races and is the only driver other than Hamilton to stand on the podium's top step since the summer break. With his nose in front the German opted to go up the inside.
A crash for Lewis Hamilton in qualifying forced him into a stunning fight from the back of the grid while Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel battled with the Briton's Mercedes teammate for the victory.
Vettel saw off Mercedes driver Bottas on Sunday to win the Brazilian Grand Prix in the heat at Interlagos
Some of the lunges into turn 1 and ensuing overtakes from Daniel Ricciardo defied belief.
"Hopefully we can carry that strength into the next couple of years, not just next year, not just the winter but also the future".
Did Vettel win it or Bottas throw it away? Then again, he's already champion, so he might as well just show off.
The pre-2009 injury Massa was a different driver to the one who came back in 2010.
"You must not underestimate that in traffic against the Ferraris it was pretty difficult".
"When we discussed the race in the morning, we thought fourth would be a realistic target".
After a lengthy hearing on the incident, the FIA stated: "Following detailed discussion and further examination of video and data evidence related to the incident, Sebastian Vettel admitted full responsibility. That sucks", said Hamilton. "I know it sounds negative but as a racer we want fast, nimble cars where we can attack always every single lap". Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them makes life meaningful.